(Author’s note: Your MLS Weekend Gamethread returns after your author took an Italian vacation following the grind that was the World Cup along with moving the family to Amsterdam.)
Three Big Storylines:
- The Supporters’ Shield race looks to be rounding into shape with Atlanta United FC on 48 points followed by New York Red Bulls and New York City FC both on 47 points. FC Dallas is a dark horse with 42 points and no one else is above 40 points at this time. Both New York teams are away this weekend with the blue version of MLS in NYC at the Philadelphia Union and the red version in Canada to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps. While Atlanta hosts the Columbus Crew on Sunday afternoon at 1 PM in a match that is not on national TV, get those ESPN+ logins ready as that should be a good match with the Crew on a three game winning streak.
- A major MLS record could fall this weekend. Josef Martinez has 26 goals in his 24 games played. The single season MLS record is 27 jointly held by Roy Lassiter (Tampa Bay Mutingy, 1996), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes, 2012) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls, 2014). With 10 games still to play, it is assured that Martinez will break the record the only questions are when and by how much? As stated above, the United host the Crew on sunday.
- Fox Sports 1 is set to make history on Sunday’s national TV broadcast of D.C. United hosting the New England Revolution. Lisa Byington will call the match. Danielle Slaton will be in the booth on color commentary, and Katie Witham will work the sidelines. This will be the first national TV broadcast with an all-female crew. Not just in MLS, but in any of the biggest five sports on US television (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey and Soccer). Katie Witham has been working MLS matches since 2005 and Slaton will be familiar having worked for Fox Sports in the 2015 World Cup and the San Jose Earthquakes since 2016. Only Byington will be unfamiliar to MLS ears.
From a Sounders Point of View:
A lot has changed since I last wrote this section. The Sounders are now the hottest team in MLS going for a franchise record six game winning streak to open the MLS weekend on national TV (this is not the gamethread you are looking for).
For now, just keep accumulating points. The Sounders are three points below the red line but with a win AND a loss by Real Salt Lake at the Houston Dynamo (Saturday, 6 PM, ESPN+) AND a draw or loss by the Vancouver Whitecaps hosting the New York Red Bulls (Saturday, 4 PM, ESPN+) the Sounders would be above the red line. Let’s do that.
National TV Listings:
Date/Time: Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Steaming: Watch ESPN
This will have its own gamethread. It already has a StoryStream if you are looking for news/analysis about the match.
D.C. United v New England Revolution
Date/Time: Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports 1
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
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