Three Big Storylines:
- The MLS weekend action opens up on Friday night where a beleaguered Toronto FC squad who has only four points from six played host the Philadelphia Union (5:00 p.m., MLS+). Notable injuries for Toronto are Jozy Altidore and Drew Moor being out with Eriq Zavaleta questionable. The long Concacaf Champions League run by TFC took a toll. With both Moor and Zavaleta out, Michael Bradley has had to move back to cover at center back. The Union are coming in off a 3-2 home win over D.C. United which was the first time since opening day that they managed more than one goal, including a stretch of five winless games where they scored one goal total. Toronto’s backline might be thin, but will the Union be able to capitalize without giving Sebastian Giovinco a chance to steal the game?
- Early Saturday morning, the MLS weekend opens with a strange 10:55 a.m. (listed) kickoff time as we see the New York Derby being played in New Jersey when the New York Red Bulls host New York City FC. The Red Bulls won the first four derby matches in the series before NYCFC rebounded, winning three of the last five and throwing a draw in there for good measure. The last five matches have averaged 3.2 goals, so expect these two squads to score goals. Red Bull’s Bradley Wright-Phillips is coming into the game off his first multi assist tally of his 146 match MLS career (h/t to MLSSoccer.com for that nugget) in the 3-2 win at the LA Galaxy last weekend. Wright-Phillips has 91 goals and 20 assists since joining the Red Bulls for seven games in the tail end of 2013.
- With MLS Week 10 this weekend, most MLS teams have played one quarter of their schedule to date. Atlanta United (2.38 points per game), NYCFC (2.22), Los Angeles FC (2.14) and Orlando City (2.00) are the early season teams averaging at least 2.00 points per game which historically would be good enough for a Supporters’ Shield. To get to 2.00 PPG, both the Sounders and Toronto would have to win their next eight matches in a row. MLS Cup hangover has combined with CCL play to level up its effectiveness in 2018 it seems.
From a Sounders Point of View:
The Seattle Sounders next match is Wednesday at Toronto FC so Friday’s game against the Union will be of particular interest for Sounders fans. Following the rematch of the last two MLS Cups, the Sounders will be in Portland on Sunday of next week. The Portland Timbers are at the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN+) with no midweek game on their docket.
National TV Listings:
Date/Time: Saturday, 10:55 a.m.
Steaming: Watch ESPN
LAFC v FC Dallas
Date/Time: Saturday, 12:55 p.m.
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