Three Big Storylines:
- Let’s party like its 2016, because Friday Night MLS on UniMas is back! At least for this week as the Portland Timbers will be hosting the San Jose Earthquakes. The Timbers had a May to forget earning only one point from four played, capped off by last Saturday’s 1-0 loss in Seattle to the Sounders. The Earthquakes come in off a thrilling 4-2 Cali Clasico loss to the LA Galaxy that featured five first half goals. It is an unconventional and late 8 PM kickoff in Portland, look for the home crowd to be in full voice after an extra hour of pregame time.
- Because reliable national TV windows are more of a guideline than a rule, ESPN has a Saturday game this weekend and no Sunday game. The surprisingly resilient Minnesota United (hey, they are no longer last in Goal Differential as Real Salt Lake has taken the “lead”) are traveling to Sporting Kansas City. SKC are coming in off two road losses at Colorado and at Vancouver but have a sterling home record at 5-0-1 (W-L-D). Sporting were short on center backs heading into the game with injuries and Erik Palmer-Brown off with the US U20’s in South Korea. So Peter Vermes asked Bruce Arena if he could have Matt Besler back from USMNT camp. Arena said yes.
- Sunday sees two MLS games on the docket. As you are settling in at your pregame spot or wrapping up a busy weekend waiting for the 7 PM Sounders kickoff FS1 has Orlando City hosting the hottest team in MLS, the Chicago Fire at 4:30 PM. The Fire are on a four match winning streak that started with the win over the Sounders on May 13th. Orlando comes in on short rest having won 2-0 at home on Wednesday over D.C. United in a game that was delayed 30 minutes by weather but featured another Cyle Larin goal and another DNP-Injury from Kaka.
From a Sounders Point of View:
The advantage of a 7 PM on Sunday night kickoff is that you can see what all your rivals did that weekend. Houston is leading the Western Conference coming into the weekend with 23 points, but they have only earned one of those points on the road with a 0-5-1 road record to go with their 7-0-1 home record.
Portland hosting San Jose on Friday night, we could do with a Draw.
Minnesota United going into Sporting KC and getting any sort of a result would be great.
Vancouver, you are a great city and I really like you. The Vancouver Whitecaps have been a fun team to watch in their MLS life and I miss you Fredy Montero. But go Atlanta United on Saturday (2:30 PM, MLS Live).
D.C. United getting any sort of result at home on short rest against a suddenly surging LA Galaxy that have won three in a row on the road would be great.
National TV Listings:
Date/Time: Friday, 8:00 PM
Date/Time: Saturday, 2 PM
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Date/Time: Sunday, 4:30 PM
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
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