Another full week of action awaits in Major League Soccer as the season enters a pivotal stretch. Here is the full weekend MLS schedule, how to watch, and the top three games of the slate.
The All-Star Game is behind us and the U.S. Open Cup final is set. Now, the majority of MLS turns their eyes to the final stretch of the regular season as the playoffs loom.
This weekend, there are plenty of matches to keep an eye on in the playoff battle, including a fight to challenge for FC Dallas for supremacy in the West and an intriguing contest between two giants in the East.
Here’s the full schedule for the weekend, including how to watch all of them and a ranking of the top three games.
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Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo-7:30 p.m. (ESPN+, KUBE 57, CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports Ohio, BCSN2)
New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union-7:30 p.m. (ESPN+, NBC Sports Boston, PHL17)
Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls-8:30 p.m. (ESPN+, MSG)
Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes-9:00 p.m. (ESPN+, Altitude, NBC Sports California Plus)
Real Salt Lake vs. Montreal Impact-10:00 p.m. (ESPN+, TVAS, KMYU)
LAFC vs. Sporting Kansas City-10:30 p.m. (ESPN+, UniMas 46, Youtube TV, Fox Sports KC, Fox Sports Midwest Plus)
LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United-10:30 p.m. (ESPN+, Fox Sports North, Spectrum SportsNet)
Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps-11:00 p.m. (ESPN+. TSN 1/4, ROOT Sports NW)
Toronto FC vs. New York City FC-4:00 p.m. (ESPN, TSN4, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes)
D.C. United vs. Orlando City-8:00 p.m. (FS1, TSN4, Fox Sports Go, Fox Deportes)
Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas-10:00 p.m. (FS1, TSN4, Fox Sports Go, Fox Deportes)
Top three matches to watch
3. Toronto FC Vs New York City FC
NYCFC and Toronto’s nationally televised match on Sunday promises to be an exciting one. Toronto have found their form in the recent weeks and a win over NYCFC would give them a massive boost. NYCFC will try to use their game in hand over Atlanta to close the gap on at the top of the table. With two of the more offensively talented lineups in the league, expect some fantastic goals in this one.
2. New England Revolution Vs Philadelphia Union
The Revolution and Union are included in the battle for the final two spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs. After reaching the U.S. Open Cup final, the Union will have extra incentive to reach the playoffs as they are on the cusp of winning a trophy for their supporters and a playoff spot would be a massive result on the season. On the flip side, the Revolution can open up a five-point gap with a win over the Union. As we saw last season, the final playoff sports should come down to the wire.
1. Los Angeles FC Vs Sporting Kansas City
LAFC and SKC is perhaps the biggest marquee matchup of the weekend. Both clubs have 36 points on the season and are sitting in fourth and third place respectively. LAFC will have a gut check in this match after a heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Houston mid-week in the Open Cup semifinals. SKC are trying to mount a comeback after a disappointing July saw them lose ground in the race for first place.
It is set to be yet another fascinating slate of MLS matches, that is for sure.