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How to watch MLS in Week 22, TV and streaming listings

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

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MLS is back from the All Star break.
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Three big storylines

  1. After the All Star break saw the MLS All-Stars lose 3-0 to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, MLS is back with a full slate of 12 games this weekend. The opener for the weekend sees Atlanta United hosting the LA Galaxy in a national TV game on network Fox. The TV executives planning out this game will be disappointed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended due to yellow card accumulation but this still pits the second team in the Eastern Conference versus the third place team in the Western Conference. Atlanta has been struggling to find their form this year after a great season last year, but even with those struggles they are only three points out of first in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on the Philadelphia Union who sit atop the table.
  2. The game on Saturday featuring the two hottest team in MLS is somehow the New England Revolution, owners of an eleven match unbeaten run, versus the best team in MLS this season in LAFC. It shows just how bad of a start the Revs were on when they fired Brad Friedel and replaced him with Bruce Arena that even with their current 11 match unbeaten run (7 wins and 4 draws) they have just climbed into the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference only one point above the red line. Bob Bradley will have the stronger team playing at a historic points pace when he face’s his old mentor in Bruce Arena on Saturday (4:30, ESPN+).
  3. Sunday sees a National TV tripleheader as the Portland Timbers travel to take on Minnesota United to open play. This is the Timbers second to last away match on the season as they have a 10 game homestand starting next Saturday. The second match of the day sees D.C. United hosting the Philadelphia Union. United could tie the Union atop the Eastern Conference table with a home win. The Union’s hold atop the Eastern Conference is tenuous at best as they have been struggling of late with 4-0 away losses to Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact sandwiched around a 2-0 home win over the Chicago Fire in their last three played. The last game of the tripleheader and MLS weekend sees the Seattle Sounders hosting Sporting Kansas City at 7 PM on Sunday night.

From a Sounders point of view

Let’s go United! Atlanta and Minnesota versions.

It might be worth keeping an eye on that LAFC v Revolution game. It’s going to be hard to catch LAFC for the Supporters’ Shield, but the Revolution are in Seattle next weekend, so let’s see how well their 11 game unbeaten streak holds up against the top two teams from the West.

National TV listings

Atlanta United v LA Galaxy

Date/Time: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. PT

TV: FOX

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

Minnesota United v Portland Timbers

Date/Time: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. PT

TV: ESPN

Streaming: Watch ESPN

D.C. United v Philadelphia Union

Date/Time: Sunday, 4:30 p.m. PT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

Seattle Sounders v Sporting Kansas City

Date/Time: Sunday, 7:00 p.m. PT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

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