Three Big Storylines:
- Friday sees the MLS weekend open with Toronto FC hosting the red hot Chicago Fire (4:30 PM, MLS Live). The Fire have seven points from three home games played since Bastian Schweinsteiger joined the team. This will be the first away game in MLS for the World Cup winner and his first time experiencing MLS travel and all that comes with it. Toronto’s season has started slow with a 1-1-4 (W-L-T) record and they will be without Drew Moor (irregular heartbeat) and Clint Irwin (hamstring) but Sebastian Giovinco looks to be regaining his MVP form plus Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are both healthy.
- Cascadia Cup takes center stage on Saturday as the Vancouver Whitecaps travel to Portland to take on the Portland Timbers (1 PM, MLS Live, CTV in Canada, Sky Sports 5 in the UK). Fredy Montero will look to continue his hot streak in Cascadia against a team he loves scoring great goals against.
- Sunday sees a return to the regular MLS national TV schedule with Fox Sports 1 and ESPN having games. The morning opens as New York City FC host Orlando city SC in Yankee Stadium and then the Seattle Sounders travel to Carson to take on the LA Galaxy (this is not the gamethread you are looking for). NYCFC will look to slow down red hot Cyle Larin, whose price tag continues to rise weekly with every dominating performance.
From a Sounders Point of View:
Last week in this space everything we asked for happened (LA Galaxy lost and Sporting Kansas City won in Portland), so let’s try to do that again.
In the UniMas/Facebook game on Saturday we are looking for a draw as San Jose travels to Houston.
Cascadia Cup is a tough one to pick a team to cheer for, a draw would be best for the Sounders chances to regain that particular trophy but no one would be that depressed if Fredy Montero and company could extend Portland’s home losing streak to two.
In the lone cross conference game of the weekend, we are cheering for Atlanta United to get all three points in Sandy as they play Real Salt Lake.
National TV Listings:
Houston Dynamo v San Jose Earthquakes
Date/Time: Saturday, 12:55 PM
Streaming: Univision Deportes & Facebook Live
New York City FC v Orlando City
Date/Time: Sunday, 10:30 AM
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
LA Galaxy v Seattle Sounders
Date/Time: Sunday, 1 PM
Streaming: Watch ESPN
This is your Sounder at Heart MLS Week 8 open gamethread. Watch with us.