Three Big Storylines:
- The calendar has flipped to August, the trading and transfer deadline has passed. Now it is time for the stretch run and the From a Sounders Point of View section below becomes much more popular. First up is Viernes de Futbol with the UniMas game featuring New York City FC traveling to San Jose to take on the Earthquakes. MLS is not really doing New York soccer viewer many favors with NYCFC kicking off at 11 PM Eastern on Friday and the New York Red Bulls kicking off at 9:30 PM Eastern on Sunday.
- No one was more active in the transfer window than the Philadelphia Union who added Alejandro Bedoya after a $1M transfer fee from FC Nantes and reportedly on a $1M per year salary. The Union also added Charlie Davies via trade from the New England Revolution, signed 19 year old Derrick Jones to a HGP contract and traded Sebastien Le Toux to the Colorado Rapids. The new looks Philadelphia Union travel to RFK to take on D.C. United on Saturday (4 PM, MLS Live).
- Coming into August both teams from last year's MLS Cup are below the red line. While the Portland Timbers have shown signs of life and frankly have had some bad luck to be where they are in the table, the Columbus Crew have just been bad. The Crew have 19 points from 21 played (0.9 PPG) and sit seven points below the red line in the weaker Eastern Conference. The Crew sold last year's joint MLS top scorer, Kei Kamara, to the New England Revolution after a dispute with fellow Crew DP Federico Higuaín. The Crew have this week off to get prepared for their stretch run, but help is not on the way:
Had extensive dealings w/ multiple potential DPs this window. Wish we had news, but not without trying. We will keep at it. #CrewSC— Anthony Precourt (@APrecourt) August 4, 2016
From a Sounders Point of View:
Friday night we are all cheering for July's MLS Player of the Month, Frank Lampard, to lead NYCFC into San Jose and take all three points.
On Saturday we are looking for le Impact de Montréal to beat the Houston Dynamo in Montreal, the Chicago Fire to get at least a road point at Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps. We could cheer for a draw in that last game, but Colorado are 17 points ahead of the Sounders with the same games played. They are essentially out of reach with 13 games to go, so we need the Vancouver loss more than a net 1 point dropped via the tie. The Whitecaps are in the last playoff spot in the West, nine points ahead of the Sounders but with two more games played.
Sunday sees us cheering for Sporting KC when they visit Portland, a draw would probably be okay as well. And in the MLS HQ Dream MLS Cup matchup, we are cheering for the New York Red Bulls to win in Carson at the Home Depot Center against the LA Galaxy.
National TV Listings:
Portland Timbers v Sporting KC
Sunday, 1 PM
Streaming: Watch ESPN
LA Galaxy v New York Red Bulls
Sunday, 6:30 PM
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
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