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How to watch MLS in Week 26, TV and streaming listings

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

How to Watch MLS this week
Only one National TV game this Labor Day Weekend, your home team against the Galaxy.
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Three big storylines

  1. Los Angeles FC can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference before Labor Day with a win this weekend. Coming into the weekend they have a 19-point lead on Real Salt Lake in second place with seven matches to play. Just get a sharpie out and put them in the No. 1 spot. The rest of the Western Conference is very tight. There are three points separating RSL in second and FC Dallas in the last playoff spot in seventh. The Portland Timbers are three points below the red line but have a game in hand on everyone but FC Dallas, who they have two games in hand on. Assuming the Timbers take advantage of their games in hand (they have seven home matches and one away to close out the season, it’s a safe assumption despite their two-match home losing streak) then someone who has been in the playoff picture all season long is going to drop down and miss the playoffs.
  2. The Eastern Conference does not have a clear-cut favorite like the West. Atlanta United and the Philadelphia Union sit atop the conference on 48 points with New York City FC one point back. NYCFC have played 26 games while Atlanta have completed 27 and the Union have 28. The form team in the race is Atlanta United who have four wins in a row and have won six of their last seven with only a 4-3 loss at LAFC preventing a longer win streak. The red line out East is much more crowded, with Toronto FC just below in eighth place entering the weekend, but they have two games in hand on the Montreal Impact and D.C. United, who are tied and two points ahead of them, respectively. Orlando City SC could go on a late-season surge and further complicate the playoff picture as they have a winnable pair of games to close the season at FC Cincinnati and home against the Chicago Fire.
  3. Fresh off a Cascadia Cup-clinching triumph in Portland, the lone national TV game of this Labor Day weekend will be hosted by the Seattle Sounders. The LA Galaxy travel north up I-5 (way up I-5) to Seattle off their own rivalry success as they drew LAFC 3-3 away last weekend. The Sounders and Galaxy played to a 2-2 draw just two weekends ago in LA despite Seattle playing up a man for most of the game. Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the Sounders fits all game and scored both goals. It is unclear if Zlatan will brave the turf monster currently employed by the Sounders and attempt to repeat the performance.

From a Sounders point of view

First and foremost, just get three points.

As for the other matches, let’s hope FC Cincinnati can get even a point at FC Dallas. With Portland hosting Real Salt Lake, we are looking for a draw, as one dropped combined point is probably the best outcome. And if Orlando can get a win or even a draw at the San Jose Earthquakes, that would be a boon.

National TV listings

Seattle Sounders v LA Galaxy

Date/Time: Sunday, 3:30 PM PT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Streaming: Fox Sports Go

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