Around The League – MLS Previews

Yet another full weekend of MLS action is upon us, this time with a Friday match. Will the goal count get anywhere towards last Saturday’s 39 goal count.

Friday 08/07

Portland Timbers vs Chicago Fire – In the first, and only match between these two clubs in 2015, the Pacific Northwest comes to the Midwest to face a Chicago Fire club that overpowered a flat FC Dallas side in 2015. The Timbers took part in a flat match as well, as neither they nor the San Jose Earthquakes could find a goal last Sunday. The Timbers do sit in a playoff position, and the Fire are desperate for points as of now. This could be quite an open match.

Saturday 08/08

Toronto FC vs Sporting Kansas City – Benny Feilhaber proved that he is the heartbeat of Sporting Kansas City when he picked up his 11th assist of the season. Feilhaber has four goals and four assists over the last eight MLS matches. It was a big part of getting back to 1-1 with the Houston Dynamo. Toronto FC picked up their eight loss of the season when the Revolution downed them 3-1. This should be a fun match, as Sebastian Giovinco goes right at the high Sporting Kansas City backline.

Orlando City SC vs Philadelphia Union – Two Eastern Conference foes come together for the first time in history as the Union travel down to hot and humid Florida to do battle with Kaka and Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Cyle Larin. The Canadian International has tied the record for the most goals scored by a MLS rookie when he notched a brace in the 5-2 win over the Columbus Crew. The Union lost 3-1, but a Sebastien Le Toux goal in that match meant a goal in two straight matches for him. Should be a fun match between two sides near the bottom of the Eastern Conference table.

Montreal Impact vs D.C. United – D.C. United scored six goals for the third time in club history, that is the record form most goals scored in D.C.’s history. They went on the win last weekend’s match against Real Salt Lake by a score line of 6-4. The Montreal Impact played a Wednesday night match against the New York Red Bulls and drew 1-1. They will be without Laurent Ciman after he was sent off with two yellows against the Red Bulls.

Houston Dynamo vs San Jose Earthquakes – The Dynamo scored a late equalizer to draw with Sporting Kansas City 1-1, and the Earthquakes played out a scoreless draw with the Timbers. The teams are meeting for the third and final time this season, the series is at a split decision with both teams having a win. Should be an intriguing match to watch.

Colorado Rapids vs Columbus Crew SC – The Rapids finally looked to be hitting stride, as they got to a three game win streak, but it was put to an end by the LA Galaxy by a score line of 3-1. The Crew are slipping, as they allowed five goals in a 5-2 romping at the hands of Orlando City SC. These are two clubs that are in desperate need of points in their respective conferences.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake – The Whitecaps pulled out a 3-0 win over Cascadia Rivals Seattle Sounders. Real Salt Lake fell to D.C. United 6-4 at RFK stadium. The two clubs have played twice this season, both Vancouver wins. The two clubs both played a midweek CONCACAF Champions League match, so they will be on short rest. There should be two interesting matches put out on the field at BC Place.

Sunday 08/09

LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders – Soccer Sunday has two tasty matches in store for soccer fans to enjoy. The first, is Steven Gerrard and the LA Galaxy play host to Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders. Giovani Dos Santos made his Galaxy debut in the CCL on Thursday night, so it is very possible to see him Sunday. This is a huge match in the Western Conference playoff scheme, as the two clubs are separated by just four points, and the Galaxy could jump over FC Dallas into second as Dallas have the weekend off.

New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC – The Hudson River Derby has its third installment of 2015, the two previous meetings the Red Bulls have taken. David Villa will look to add to his team leading 13 goals behind the help of Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard who made his MLS debut in the loss to the Impact. It will be interesting to see how the Red Bulls attack a NYCFC team that lacks a defensive midfield.


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