MLS Week 9 is here with some great matchups all weekend long. Below are short previews for each match.
Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC – 1:00PM PT
The Eastern Conference has definitely been the little brother in MLS play this year. How do we know? Well, the two teams squaring off in this match would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended. In the Western Conference, they’d miss out. That being said, it’s still a big early season match for both squads as both sides are looking for three points. NYCFC hasn’t won since the opening weekend and the Union is looking for their fourth win in six matches.
Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC – 1:00PM PT
In the first meeting between these two Canadian sides, the Impact returns home on a two-match winning streak while Toronto FC is riding a two-match undefeated streak. The match will be played in the big stadium in Montreal. Going to be a great matchup watching Montreal’s Didier Drogba and Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco carrying their teams to victory.
D.C. United vs. New England Revolution – 2:30PM PT
Sick of tired of the Eastern Conference? Well too bad, as the third scheduled matchup on Saturday pits D.C. United against the New England Revolution. New England has already played so six draws this season and a struggling D.C. United side, one win in seven matches, presents a great opportunity for three points.
Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo – 4:30PM PT
Columbus picked up its first victory of the season last week and its looks like they should pick up their second against the last place Houston Dynamo. The key for Columbus last week was their star players coming up when needed. Kei Kamara, Justin Meram, and Ethan Finlay all scored. Against a Houston team that is allowing just under three goals per match, expect a high scoring game for Columbus.
Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC – 6:00PM PT
An intriguing matchup pits two in forms teams against each other in Denver on Saturday. Seattle is Seattle. We know what to expect with Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey. Colorado is still a big of a mystery. After a few years of just bad play, the Rapids are off to a great start. The Jermaine Jones addition has already paid off for them. Marco Pappa and Luis Solignac have been a great addition too. Can Colorado keep it up? Saturday is a great opportunity for the Rapids to make noise around the league with a victory.
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake – 7:30PM PT
Funny how things can change in a day. Real Salt Lake, the only undefeated team left, will be without their MVP Joao Plata. As he goes, so does RSL. On the road against the Galaxy and without Plata is going to be a very tough task. Especially with the Galaxy hitting their stride and Gio Dos Santos scoring goals. Great story if RSL can win, but a loss here isn’t nothing to be worried about if you’re an RSL fan.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas – 7:30PM PT
FC Dallas is running away with the Western Conference. Ok, maybe not running away, but they have jumped out to a great start. Dallas has dropped just one match this year. Vancouver is on a two-match losing streak but the good news is that BC Place is such a hard place for opposing teams. Maybe some home cooking is the trick for Vancouver this weekend.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City – 12:30PM PT – ESPN
National T.V. for California’s San Jose Earthquakes as they play host to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday afternoon. San Jose has had a great start to the season and Chris Wondolowski is leading the league in scoring again. Sporting Kansas City will be looking to shake off a two-match losing streak.
New York Red Bulls vs. Orlando City SC – 4:30Pm PT – Fox Sports 1
In the final match of the weekend, and one that ins;t good for ratings, the one-win New York Red Bulls plays host to the two-win Orlando City SC. This match can go either way. Lots of goals or no goals as all.