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How to watch MLS in Week 25, TV and streaming listings

Three Big Storylines, From a Sounders Point of View and How to Watch MLS this weekend. Your open gamethread.

The week before the All Star Game gamethread.
Fox Sports has a triple header on Sunday.
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(Author’s note: Sorry about no gamethread last week. I have been traveling with the family around the Northwest for the last three weeks; it turns out traveling with a 2-year-old is a bit more time-consuming that you would think. But we are back this week!)

Three big storylines

  1. It’s Rivalry week in MLS. And while that might just be a chance for the salespeople of MLS HQ to sell another sponsorship (sorry, it’s Heineken Rivalry Week in MLS), that gives us a week of really good matchups. So far during midweek play, we have seen a batch of compelling games. NYCFC beat the Columbus Crew 1-0, the New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 2-1, LAFC eviscerated the San Jose Earthquakes 4-0, Sporting Kansas City topped Minnesota United 1-0, Atlanta United beat Orlando City SC 1-0 and the Seattle Sounders defended their Cascadia Cup title with a 2-1 win in Portland.
  2. Sunday gives us a national television triple-header on FS1. FC Cincinnati open the day hosting the Columbus Crew in a game they are calling Hell is Real (they need to work on that name). This game is more a playing-for-pride affair, as these are the only two teams in MLS that are under 1.0 points per game. The second match of the day is FC Dallas hosting the Houston Dynamo in a match that seemingly has no official name but does have a pretty great trophy called El Capitán. The capper to the night is the greatly named El Tráfico that sees LAFC hosting the LA Galaxy. LAFC have all but sealed the Supporters’ Shield with 61 points from 26 played and a 13 point lead over their nearest competitor. Carlos Vela can start planning on that MLS MVP trophy as well with 26 goals and 15 assists powering their attack. With a +46 goal differential, LAFC might be the most dominant team in MLS history, but they have yet to beat the Galaxy, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had perhaps his most memorable MLS games against the cross-town rivals. El Tráfico is a worthy capper to finish off rivalry week.
  3. This space does not normally look forward to next week, but we will make an exception this weekend as Tuesday is the US Open Cup Final. Atlanta United host Minnesota United (5 PM, ESPN+) with a trophy and the Concacaf Champions League berth on the line. Atlanta will feel confident going into the game with a massive home crowd expected and having won their last four league matches and six of their last seven. Josef Martinez extended his MLS record scoring streak to 12 games in a row on Friday night.

From a Sounders point of view

With three points and the Cascadia Cup in hand from Friday night the Sounders already had a great Rivalry Week and occupy the second spot in the Western Conference as play kicks off on Saturday. The Vancouver Whitecaps getting even a draw in San Jose would be great, and let’s hope the Colorado Rapids can take points at Real Salt Lake. Sunday night’s marquee matchup sees Sounders fans cheering for LAFC to beat the Galaxy.

National TV listings

New York City FC v New York Red Bulls

Date/Time: Saturday, 4:00 PM PT

TV: ESPN2

Streaming: Watch ESPN

FC Cincinnati v Columbus Crew SC

Date/Time: Sunday, 3:00 PM PT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

FC Dallas v Houston Dynamo

Date/Time: Sunday, 5:00 PM PT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

LAFC v LA Galaxy

Date/Time: Sunday, 7:30 PM PT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

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