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MLS Rivalry Week is here. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Herc Gomez and TT on ESPN
ESPN has the New York and Canada derbies.
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Three Big Storylines:

  1. It’s Rivalry Week in MLS! And unlike some forced iterations of MLS Rivalry Week sponsored by Heineken, this Rivalry Week has quite good matchups that come in a crucial time during the season with massive playoff implications, and also the Cali Clásico. Friday opens Rivalry Week with the New York Red Bulls hosting New York City FC. NYCFC look to be the only team with a shot of catching Toronto FC for the Supporters’ Shield as they are seven points back but have a game in hand. NYCFC is led by leading MLS MVP candidate David Villa. Villa has 19 goals and 8 assists and just received his first call up for Spain since 2014. Villa also leads NYCFC with 109 shots, while Jack Harrison is second with 43. If NYRB can slow down Villa, they have a great chance to get the home win.
  2. FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo got Rivalry Week started on Wednesday when they played to a 3-3 draw. Houston took the lead in the first minute and held that until the 45th minute, but somehow went into halftime down 2-1 as they gave up a 45th minute goal and a first half stoppage time goal. FC Dallas took a 3-1 lead after half to secure the dreaded “Most Dangerous Lead in Soccer”. Erick “Cubo” Torres subsequently made them pay for the audacity to go up two goals by scoring a late brace to secure the 3-3 draw. The Dynamo were set to host Sporting Kansas City this weekend in a game with massive Western Conference playoff implications, but the match has been postponed and moved to October 11th due to Hurricane Harvey.
  3. Sunday sees a National TV triple header capped off by the Cascadia Cup match in Seattle. An all Canadian affair opens the day at 1:30 as Toronto FC travel to Montreal to play the Impact. TFC lead the Supporters’ Shield on 53 points through 26 played (2.04 ppg), but the Impact could derail their coronation as the two sides play three times in TFC’s final eight games of the season. The action then shifts west to the Cali Clásico, featuring a struggling LA Galaxy hosting the San Jose Earthquakes in a match that sees both teams below the red line. The Galaxy are currently on 23 points through 24 played for a robustly disappointing 0.96 ppg, while the Quakes are two points back of Vancouver coming into the weekend for the last playoff spot, but have played two more games. Immediately following, the scene will shift to Cascadia for the Seattle Sounders hosting the Portland Timbers, which will have a dedicated gamethread.

From a Sounders Point of View:

Beat Portland.

National TV Listings:

New York Red Bulls v New York City FC

Date/Time: Friday, 4:00 PM PT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: Watch ESPN

Montreal Impact v Toronto FC

Date/Time: Sunday, 1:30 PM PT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: Watch ESPN

LA Galaxy v San Jose Earthquakes

Date/Time: Sunday, 4:00 PM PT

TV: FS1

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

Rob Stone hosts studio coverage live from a field-level set at Stubhub Center in Los Angeles alongside Alexi Lalas. JP Dellacamera calls the match alongside Stu Holden, with Danielle Slaton reporting from the sideline.

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers

Date/Time: Sunday, 6:30 PM PT

TV: FS1

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

John Strong calls the match alongside Brad Friedel, with Katie Witham reporting from the sideline.

This is your Sounder at Heart MLS Week 25 open gamethread. Watch with us.