Three Big Storylines:
- Topic one here in the Three Big Storylines somewhat wrote itself on Thursday when some LA Galaxy player or front office person jokingly asked Landon Donovan if he would come out of retirement to help out with all the injuries the Galaxy are experiencing and Donovan said yes. So Landon Donovan is back, the last time Donovan played a game he had a hat trick and his Blue Team won the Steve Zakuani Charity match 7-6. His last game in MLS was the 2014 MLS Cup, which his team won as well. The Galaxy play Orlando City SC on Sunday in a game that just happens to be on national TV (FS1) at 4 PM, right as NFL Week 1 is wrapping up the majority of its schedule. The Galaxy's next match is also on national TV as it is one of the few games on broadcast FOX. Wait, did FOX know something that no one else did when it made up their schedule? Donovan's third game is also on National TV when the Seattle Sounders travel to the Home Depot Center on September 25th at 1 PM on ESPN.
- Friday night sees a Western Conference clash open the weekend when the Houston Dynamo travel to play Sporting Kansas City in Viernes de Fútbol on UniMas. Matt Besler is looking to return to soccer on Friday night after rushing home last weekend from USMNT duty in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to meet his newborn daughter. Besler's daughter arrived two weeks early and he missed the birth but mother and daughter are healthy.
- The top four teams in the Western Conference are all undefeated at home and it is a big reason why they have separated themselves atop the Western Conference standings. FC Dallas is 10-0-4 (W-L-T), Real Salt Lake is 8-0-6, the LA Galaxy are 7-0-7 and the Colorado Rapids are 9-0-4 for a combined 34-0-21 or 2.24 PPG. The Sounders are 7-5-1 for 1.69 PPG. Home field advantage matters in MLS, maybe flying commercial across the country in coach class have something to do with it? No Eastern Conference team has less than two home losses.
From a Sounders Point of View:
This section is becoming more focused as we move towards the end of the regular season. It seems that the Sounders are in a three team race for one playoff spot with the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers. With the Sounders playing the Quakes, our biggest result to look for is Real Salt Lake to beat the Portland Timbers in Portland (Saturday 7:30 PM, MLS Live and Root Sports in the Northwest, get your dual screens ready).
In other matches, we are cheering for the Dynamo on Friday night at Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew to effectively end the Vancouver Whitecaps season on Saturday (3 PM, MLS Live).
National TV Listings:
Sporting Kansas City v Houston Dynamo
Friday, 5:00 PM
Streaming: Univision Deportes
LA Galaxy v Orlando City SC
Sunday, 4:00 PM
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
This is your Sounder at Heart MLS Week 28 Gamethread. Watch with us.