Watching MLS every weekend makes me realize that I yearn for the sweet, sweet release of death, or perhaps it is specifically related to the team that I am watching regularly. Either way after this weekend most teams will have about 6 matches and 5 more weekends left until we get to the playoffs and then those of us here in the North can quietly avoid MLS soccer until March.
Atlanta United v Orlando City SC – Atlanta has scored an insane amount of goals in the last week including 7! on Wednesday against the Revolution. Their Goal Differential is 22! second only to Toronto FC. That being said their playoff slot is not quite secure. Orlando needs to do something and quickly if they have any hope of making the playoffs. Let’s call this one the upset special. Orlando City wins 3-2.
Vancouver Whitecaps v Columbus Crew – The Whitecaps just got done beathing the shit out of MNUFC on Wednesday and host the Crew. Since, well even before, jettisoning Ethan Finlay the Crew have been sneakily good climbing all the way to 4th in the loaded Eastern Conference and only two points off 3rd. 2-2 Draw.
Montreal Impact v MNUFC – No, just, no. Montreal Impact win 3-1.
FC Dallas v Seattle Sounders – On form FC Dallas is currently the worst team in the league. They haven’t won a match in 8 games. I have absolutely no idea what the hell happened down in Texas but it is not good. In spite of this they are still clinging to the 6th and final playoff spot. However they do have the Seattle Sounders coming to town who have been hotter than hell. The last time Seattle lost a match was back in June in the Open Cup Round of 16 and the last time they lost a home match was on 5/31. Sorry FC Dallas fans, but hey, at least you get MNUFC next week. Seattle wins 3-0.
Chicago Fire v DC United – Thankfully Dallas exists because the Chicago Fire have been going through a particularly dreadful run. They did beat Montreal two weeks ago and drew with the Red Bulls last week. DC has been surprisingly competent, however they have been at home for most of that. This has all the makings of a classic MLS result. 1-1 draw.
Sporting KC v New England Revolution – This one is easy, Sporking Nickelback are very good at home. The Revolution are absolutely dogshit on the road. Sporking win 3-1.
Colorado Rapids v NYCFC – Nope. Can’t make me. NYCFC win 3-0
Real Salt Lake v Portland Timbers – Diego Valeri has scored in 7 consecutive matches tying some MLS record. Real have been better at home as of late and are making a late playoff push after a dreadful start to the season. The Timbers ceded the top spot in the Western Conference to the Whitecaps midweek and are looking to take it back. This should be a fun wide open match with plenty of goals, including Diego Valeri bagging his 8th in 8 matches. Real Salt Lake win 3-2.
LA Galaxy v Toronto FC – Toronto FC is the first team to claim a playoff spot and are currently nine points clear of NYCFC for the Supporters Shield. with only six games (including this one) left. They will want to lock up homefield advantage as soon as possible and, well, let’s face it. LA is an absolute tire fire at home. Toronto win 4-2.
San Jose Earthquakes v Houston Dynamo – San Jose are right behind FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo in the playoff race, so this is an absolutely critical match for both teams. The Dynamo are 1-5-8 on the road and the Earthquakes have only lost once at home all year. San Jose continues those winning ways and jumps into the playoff spots by winning 2-0.
NY Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union – The Union have been a roller coaster of a team this year. The Red Bulls have been consistently mediocre. In Jersey, which is basically Philadelphia the Red Bulls win 3-1.