Three Big Storylines:
- Friday night MLS on UniMas is back again this week featuring the Houston Dynamo hosting FC Dallas as part of MLS Rivalry week. The Dynamo have been great at home compiling a 7-0-1 (W-L-T) for a 2.75 points per game pace and those 22 home points added to their two away points (they are 0-6-2 away) see the Dynamo in second place in the Western Conference heading into week 17. FC Dallas are a much more balanced team and bring a 2-2-3 away record to Houston. They are also tied on points with 24 and have a game in hand, but are fourth in the Western Conference table due to the wins tiebreaker. Besides being on UniMas, this game will be streamed on Facebook, the link is below. If you have not tuned in to the English language UniMas stream on Facebook, give it a try as the production value is good.
- As part of MLS rivalry week, FOX is showing the New York Red Bulls hosting New York City FC on Saturday. This is a soccer double header on network FOX as the MLS game will follow Russia vs. Mexico Confederation Cup group match at 8 AM. Mexico advance to the semi-finals with a win or draw and Russia advances with a win. NYRB have dominated the series with their New York rivals since they entered MLS with six wins in seven meetings in all competitions, including a 1-0 win in the US Open Cup last week.
- ESPN has immortalized MLS Rivalry Week in 8 bit form here. We start off with the Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers (this is not the gamethread you are looking for) followed by the Red Bulls v NYCFC. Houston v Dallas from Friday night sees Tex Hooper win a Streetfighter battle then D.C. United beats up the Philadelphia Union (literally beats them up) behind Luciano Acosta, Bill Hamid and Steve Birnbaum. Lastly we have rainy Vancouver, BC and Fredy Montero going superhero style against a snow dropped Minnesota United and Christian Ramirez in one of the newer rivalries in MLS.
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. That being said, it’s all about just getting three points in Portland on Sunday night.
With Rivalry Week in full force the only cross conference fixture this week is Atlanta United hosting the Colorado Rapids. Go Atlanta and cheer for draws in all the Western Conference matchups.
National TV Listings:
Date/Time: Friday, 6:00 PM
Date/Time: Saturday, 10:30 AM
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Date/Time: Sunday, 7:00 PM (kickoff around 7:30)
Streaming: Watch ESPN
This is your Sounder at Heart MLS Week 17 open gamethread. We are back after taking a week off. Your author had his first baby come 5 weeks early and was caught off guard and missed the weekly thread for the first time since taking over this column three years ago. Mom and baby are just fine, we are home now and growing rapidly. Watch with us.