Well after a meaningless mid-week match between the Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union we are back with a full slate of tasty MLS matches this weekend. This is probably the best weekend of fixtures all year, maybe in the last couple of years. So actually for the first time all year I’m going to actually encourage you watch some MLS matches this weekend!
Saturday, July 29
Atlanta United v Orlando City SC – These two teams just played last week in Orlando when Atlanta snatched a 1-0 victory from the throes of soccer mediocrity. The return leg in Atlanta should be another tense affair. Especially after the OCSC fans unveiled a racist, violent tifo that somehow was okay by MLS’s standards. Atlanta has also won four in a row and expect that to go to five! Atlanta wins 2-1.
New England Revolution v Philadelphia Union – The Union have had the Revolution’s number the last few years including a 3-0 win early in July. The Revolution are not good at winning multiple games in a row. Union win 3-2.
New York RB v Montreal Impact – Montreal has lost two road matches in MLS competition and had a dispiriting loss at home against FC Dallas. The Red Bulls are possibly the hottest team in the league with five straight wins including winning their last two matches by a combined score of 8-1. Red Bulls win 2-0.
FC Dallas v Vancouver Whitecaps – These teams have been pretty evenly split (2-2-2) over their last six matches. These two teams played to a 1-1 draw earlier this year in Vancouver. Don’t expect the same result in Frisco. FC Dallas wins 2-0.
Houston Dynamo v Portland Timbers – Houston is really good at home and at scoring in the first 15 minutes of the match. The Timbers have been mediocre on the road, but slightly below average the last eight away matches. Dynamo win 4-1.
Minnesota United v DC United – Remember when I said that this was a good week for matches in MLS, yeah, maybe don’t watch this match, because hoo boy, this one is not the one to watch. The worst team in the Western Conference versus the worst team in the Eastern Conference. DC is 2-0 against expansion teams this year (both wins over Atlanta). Loons win 2-0.
Real Salt Lake v Columbus Crew – RSL haven’t beaten the Columbus Crew in almost four years (at Rio Tinto). RSL is unbeaten in three straight league matches, scoring 11 goals and allowing only four. The Crew had two players sent off earlier this week against Philly and will be shorthanded for the match at the Rio Tinto. Draw 2-2.
San Jose Earthquakes v Colorado Rapids – The Rapids are coming off a surprising 1-1 draw with Toronto FC up in Toronto last week. The Earthquakes have been getting beaten handily on the road 5-1 and 3-0 the last two matches. Expect the Rapids poor run of away form to continue. San Jose wins 3-1.
Sporting KC v Chicago Fire – The last time Sporking lost to the Fire at home in over five years. Those were quite different Fire squads however and this years version is actually quite good (2nd in the Eastern Conference and Supporter’s Shield). The Fire are also 7-2-1 in their last 10 matches, including 2-3-3 in their last eight away matches. The Sporks are one of only three undefeated home teams (The Fire and Dynamo are the others. Draw 1-1.
LA Galaxy v Seattle Sounders – The Galaxy have lost five straight MLS matches and have only one win at Stub Hub Center, the worst home record in the league, by a mile. The Sounders have managed to right the ship and are bringing in high class talent for their typical late season run. The Galaxy just fired Curt Onfalo and are in an absolute freefall. Sounders win 3-1
Sunday, July 30
Toronto FC v New York City – Toronto FC is the exact opposite of LA in terms of home form, trailing only the Fire in their last eight home matches (7-1-0). NYCFC has been in great form on the road of late, 4-1-3 in their last eight. They just beat the Fire at home and drew with this same Toronto FC team at home 10 days ago. Don’t expect a repeat of that result, Toronto FC wins 3-1.
Well there you have it, as I said there are some great matchups this week. The games are pretty crap next week, so enjoy your stolen MLS Live password and watch some soccer this weekend!