Three Big Storylines:
- Viernes de Fútbol on UniMas opens the MLS weekend with a Western Conference battle featuring the San Jose Earthquakes hosting the Houston Dynamo. Curiously this is the third game in a row on Friday night for the Earthquakes. Two weeks ago they hosted New York City FC and played to a 0-0 draw and last week they travelled to Vancouver and brought three points back to the bay area after a 2-1 win. There is still some animosity in this rivalry as the Earthquakes moved to Houston in 2006 and became the Dynamo, with San Jose retaining the logo and franchise history. The Earthquakes then returned to MLS in 2008 after a two year hiatus as the 14th team in MLS.
- After taking a week off the MLS beat, probably a smart decision as they were up against the Olympics for TV viewers, the ESPN broadcast team of Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman return with a marquee MLS match. The LA Galaxy travel to Yankee Stadium for the first time to take on New York City FC. NYCFC will be without manager Patrick Vieira as the appeal of his red card from an incident after NYCFC's match against Columbus Crew SC was denied. This game is particularly notable for the English media as it's the 129th meeting (estimated) between NYCFC's Frank Lampard and the Galaxy's Steven Gerrard.
- There are two national TV games on Sunday that represent two of the best rivalries in MLS. The evening is capped with the Seattle Sounders hosting the Portland Timbers, but before that D.C. United will host the New York Red Bulls in the Atlantic Cup. This will be the 70th regular season meeting between the two teams. The Red Bulls knocked United out of the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2015 and D.C. United are looking for revenge. United are above the red line coming into the weekend only on the Games Won tiebreaker over Orlando City SC, while the Red Bulls are comfortably in the playoffs nine points above the red line and only two back of Eastern Conference leading NYCFC.
From a Sounders Point of View:
Houston winning at San Jose would be a good result. The Dynamo are far enough back and playing so poorly that if they somehow catch the Sounders then something has gone wrong in Seattle while San Jose are only four points ahead of the Sounders and a team Seattle will have to pass.
It goes without saying that we are cheering for NYCFC over the Galaxy on Saturday at Noon. Orlando City SC visits the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night (6 PM, MLS Live), go Orlando. Also on Saturday Sporting KC host the Vancouver Whitecaps and Real Salt Lake host FC Dallas. We want draws in both of those matches, but an FC Dallas win would be fine as well. FC Dallas are likely out of reach while Real Salt Lake are ten points ahead of the Sounders but with two more games played.
Most importantly, get three points on Sunday before a quick turnaround at Houston on Wednesday against a team with two more days of rest.
National TV Listings:
San Jose Earthquakes v Houston Dynamo
Friday, 8:00 PM
Streaming: Univision Deportes
New York City FC v LA Galaxy
Streaming: Watch ESPN
D.C. United v New York Red Bulls
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers (this is not the gamethread you are looking for)
Sunday, 6:30 PM
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
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