Three Big Storylines:
- Friday night starts the MLS weekend with the New York Red Bulls hosting Toronto FC. TFC is currently on a six game winning streak, their best in franchise history, and sit atop the Supporters’ Shield standing with 25 points from 12 played. The Red Bulls are heading in the opposite direction on a three game losing streak, including an inexplicable 3-1 home loss to the sputtering LA Galaxy last Sunday on national TV. Toronto will be without Sebastian Giovinco, but will have an in form Jozy Altidore and USMNT Captain Michael Bradley on hand.
- Before the Sounders kickoff at 2 PM on Saturday (this is not the gamethread you are looking for) our Cascadia neighbors to the south take on the Montreal Impact (Noon, MLS Live, Root Sports in the Northwest). The Portland Timbers started the season well, but are on a three game winless streak and have only five points in their last five played. Montreal has lost their last two home games and just this week MLS Commissioner Don Garber admonished their home fans for inconsistent support. It will be an interesting atmosphere in Montreal in the aftermath of Garber’s visit.
- Sunday sees a National TV doubleheader starting with the Minnesota United hosting the LA Galaxy and finishing with New York City FC traveling to Orlando City. After a laughably bad start in their inaugural season, Minnesota United have seemingly found a passable defense that complements their potent offense and have become competitive in MLS. The Galaxy have struggled early in the season but head to Minnesota off a road win at the Red Bulls. Finishing the weekend we have two World Cup winners facing off as both Kaka and David Villa are expected to start. Both teams played MLS away matches on Wednesday with Orlando earned a quality 1-1 draw in San Jose while NYCFC lost 2-1 in Utah to Real Salt Lake.
From a Sounders Point of View:
Just get three points. Just get three points. Just. Get. Three. Points. While it is all well and good to look around and project other MLS matches, we are at the point in the campaign where the Seattle Sounders just need to put their heads down and start accruing points. Especially at home.
But your author is not a Sounders player, so here we go:
Viva le Montreal over the Timbers.
Atlanta United home win over the Houston Dynamo.
Philadelphia Union home win over the Colorado Rapids.
Vancouver Whitecaps draw with Sporting KC in British Colombia.
National TV Listings:
Date/Time: Saturday, 1:00 PM
Streaming: Univision Deportes & Facebook Live
Date/Time: Sunday, 2 PM
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Orlando City v New York City FC
Date/Time: Sunday, 4 PM
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
This is your Sounder at Heart MLS Week 12 open gamethread. Watch with us.