Around The League – MLS Preview Capsules

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Another week of MLS action is upon us, starting with a lone game tonight that accompanies the Montreal Impact’s CONCACAF Champions League final. The weekend includes a Cascadia Clash and the Texas Derby, as well as two Eastern Conference clashes that might help settle things at the top.

Wednesday 4/29

New York Red Bulls vs Colorado Rapids – This match gets Week 9 going as the struggling Rapids head to Harrison, New Jersey to take on the undefeated New York Red Bulls who remain the lone undefeated team in MLS. Felipe got his first goal in a Red Bulls shirt, and will look to continue his form. The Red Bulls are no longer in first after drawing the Galaxy, and Colorado picked up draw #4 after drawing FC Dallas 1-1. The Red Bulls should make quick work of the struggling Rapids, especially as the Rapids will still be missing Marcelo Sarvas.

Friday 5/1

Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas – A moment that both sets of fans wait for all season, and normally only get one of, but now they get three of them. FC Dallas drew 1-1 and the Dynamo also drew over the past weekend in a wild 4-4 draw with Sporting Kansas City. With FC Dallas having no Blas Perez, it should be an easier night for the struggling Houston defense, but Fabian Castillo should be able to turn on the jets. The Houston attack will have to deal with Matt Hedges, and a FC Dallas backline that looks a lot better now.

Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes – Real Salt Lake has not scored in 316 minutes after they were picked apart by New England suffering a 4-0 loss. The Earthquakes had the weekend off but last lost 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls. It will be San Jose’s third straight match away from Avaya Stadium. This is their second meeting of the season, the first which Real Salt Lake won 1-0 on a Javier Morales goal.

Saturday 5/2

Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC – The Union have now lost two in a row after a 4-1 thumping at the hands of the Crew, and Toronto got their first win in four games after they beat Orlando City 2-0. Jozy Altidore is currently hot. The U.S. International got his second multiple goal game of the season, and fourth of his MLS career. Both of Altidore’s multiple goal games this year, Toronto have won. Giovinco and Altidore continue to lead the charge for Toronto FC, and the Union will have to work to contain them.

D.C. United vs Columbus Crew – D.C. United overcame an early goal to pick up a 2-1 win at the Whitecaps, extending their unbeaten streak to five goals. The Crew put up a huge scoreline with a 4-1 win at home against the Union backed by an Ethan Finley brace. Two hot teams do battle in RFK Stadium, it should be a very entertaining match and we may find out which of these teams is a legitimate contender in the East.

New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls – The Revs have finally found their rhythm, and they get the Red Bulls who will be coming off of two days rest after their match against the Rapids. The Revs picked RSL apart piece by piece in a 4-0 win last weekend. The Revs are getting goals from all over, and this will be a very fun big-time Eastern Conference match to watch.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids – The Galaxy are coming off of a 1-1 draw with the Red Bulls last weekend that saw 18 year old striker, Bradford Jamieson IV score his first MLS goal. The homegrown is the second youngest player in Galaxy history to score. The Rapids stay on the road after their mid-week match at the Red Bulls.

Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps – The Timbers return home after a two game road trip that saw a win, and most recently a 1-0 loss at Seattle. Vancouver will be looking to rebound from a 2-1 loss at home against D.C. United despite grabbing an early lead. The Whitecaps will be looking to relive the magic of the first time these two teams met this season, as they grabbed a 2-1 victory at home with close to the last kick of the game from Robert Earnshaw.

Sunday 5/3

Sporting Kansas City vs Chicago Fire – Sporting Kansas City return back to Sporting Park riding the high of an up and down game against the Houston Dynamo which saw Benny Feilhaber crush a shot in stoppage time into the back of the net from outside of the box. The Fire are heating up as they have now won three games in a row after their 1-0 win at home against New York City FC. It will be interesting to see how the Sporting back-line responds to giving up four goals last weekend.

New York City FC vs Seattle Sounders – Seattle entertained in a 1-0 win last weekend off of a Clint Dempsey goal against the Portland Timbers. The Texas native has now either had an assist or scored a goal in all five MLS games he’s played this season. New York City have now not won in six straight after their 1-0 loss to the Fire, and Seattle will be a tough opponent to rebound against.

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