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MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 33. TV and Streaming Listings

It's the penultimate weekend in MLS. Two blocks of five games being played simultaneously with the Supporters' Shield, Golden Boot and playoffs on the line. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Sounder at Heart Week 33 Gamethread

Is this your Golden Boot winner?
Is this your Golden Boot winner?
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Three Big Storylines:

  1. MLS has changed the schedule for the last two weeks of the season for this year.  Coming into today every team has played 32 matches and has two remaining.  Today there will be five Eastern Conference games kicking off simultaneously at 12:15 PM and five Western Conference games kicking off at 2:28 PM.  And next Sunday all ten games will kick off simultaneously at 1:15 PM.  ESPN has the TV coverage for this penultimate week and will be showing highlights during the games.  ESPN will have broadcasters on site for both matches and the coverage will be anchored by a special studio show based out of their headquarters in Bristol.  The studio show is hosted by Adrian Healey and will feature Alejandro Moreno and Sigi Schmid as analysts.  Schmid has signed up to work commentary for ESPN for both of the last two weeks.
  2. The Golden Boot race will come down to either Bradley Wright-Phillips or David Villa.  Both players are on 21 goals this year.  The tiebreaker is assists.  Currently Wright-Phillips leads Villa five assists to three.  Defending Golden Boot holder Sebastian Giovinco was expected to heavily factor into the race.  But Giovinco was injured on August 27th with 16 goals and 13 assists and has missed Toronto FC's last five games.  Wright-Phillips and the New York Red Bulls host the Columbus Crew while Villa and New York City FC are at D.C. United today.
  3. The Supporters' Shield is down to two teams, the Colorado Rapids or FC Dallas.  Colorado has a one point lead (57 to 56) and finishes with at Portland Timbers and home for Houston Dynamo.  Dallas finish with the Seattle Sounders at home and at the LA Galaxy.  Technically if Colorado lost both games and FC Dallas earned only one point then the NYRB and NYCFC could also get to 57 points if they win out.  In that scenario the first tiebreaker is wins, so the Rapids would be out with on 14 wins compared to the other teams 16 (Colorado has an absurd 12 draws this year).  It would come down to goal differential and NYRB has the advantage there over FCD and NYCFC.

From a Sounders Point of View:

This section has been incredibly long and important for the past months in this weekly column.  But this week that has mostly changed as the Sounders largely control their own destiny.  However the two teams that Seattle are battling for fourth place and a home game in the playoffs (October 26th or 27th) play today.  We are looking for a draw between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.  A draw would mean that regardless of today's result in Dallas, the home game next weekend against Real Salt Lake would be for a home game in the playoffs.

There is another scenario where the Sounders can catch the LA Galaxy for third.  Cheer for the Houston Dynamo to take advantage of the Galaxy's travel woes (they only arrived in Houston very late Saturday night) and win the game.

National TV Listings:

Montreal Impact v Toronto FC
Sunday, Noon
TV: ESPN
Streaming: Watch ESPN

Portland Timbers v Colorado Rapids
Sunday, 2:00 PM
TV: ESPN
Streaming: Watch ESPN

This is your Sounder at Heart MLS Week 33 Gamethread. Watch with us.