Three Big Storylines:
- Two teams heading in opposite directions meet in the Friday night game on UniMas (viewing details below). Sporting Kansas City have one point in their last five matches being outscored 13-4 over that span, their only positive result being a draw in Portland. While FC Dallas have three wins in a row following three losses in a row that was preceeded by five wins in a row. Both teams are above the red line, but FC Dallas can take the Supporters' Shield lead with a win. A 6 PM Friday night local time kickoff will make for a strange home atmosphere, expect a sparse crowd upon kickoff.
- Sebastian Giovinco was the runaway leader for MLS MVP for most of the summer, but coming up fast is the Columbus Crew's Kei Kamara. Kamara has 20 goals on the season while notably not having taken a single penalty kick. Kamara leads the Golden Boot race by three over Giovinco and has an outside shot at MLS's all time single season record of 27 jointly held by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips. You can judge for yourself who is the MVP on Saturday when Toronto FC and Giovinco host the Colorado Rapids (11 AM, MLS Live) and Kamara's Crew head to a suddenly struggling DC United (4:00 PM, MLS Live).
- Four and Zero. Four teams in the Eastern Conference (New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, DC United and Columbus Crew) can clinch a playoff berth this weekend while zero teams in the Western Conference can clinch this round. At least one decent team in the West is going to be left out of the playoffs, as it stands right now that team is the San Jose Earthquakes who are 7th in the West with 40 points from 29 played which would be 8 points above the red line in the East.
From a Sounders Point of View:
The question is are you looking up (catch FC Dallas) or down (stay ahead of Sporting KC)? Your stance will determine who you cheer for on Friday night. The Seattle Sounders are one point ahead of Sporting KC but they have two games in hand while FC Dallas also have two games in hand but are five points ahead of the Sounders on 47 points. I am looking for an FC Dallas win as the third and fourth place in the West are the home team in the 4 v 5 and 3 v 6 one game playoffs.
No such questions in Yankee Stadium. Let's hope David Villa's injury is cured and Frank Lampard can turn back the clock taking Andrea Pirlo with him as New York City FC takes three points from the San Jose Earthquakes (4 PM, MLS Live).
Let's go Real Salt Lake, beat the Galaxy at home (6:30 PM, MLS Live unless you are reading this in Boise and it is on broadcast TV) right after the Sounders secure three points in Vancouver.
On Sunday we have rooting interests in both National TV matches. Hopefully the New York Red Bulls can come to Cascadia and take three points from the Portland Timbers while a Philadelphia Union home win would all but mathematically eliminate the Houston Dynamo.
National TV Listings:
Sporting Kansas City v FC Dallas
Friday, 4:00 PM
Streaming: Univision Deportes
Portland Timbers v New York Red Bulls
Sunday, 2:00 PM
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Philadelphia Union v Houston Dynamo
Sunday, 4:00 PM
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
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