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MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead



The All-Star break is approaching, and the schedule is piling up fast with a number of summer friendlies.

Portsmouth visit RFK Stadium to face D.C. United, while Manchester United's next stop is in Kansas City where they'll take on the Wizards, and the Red Bulls are tied up with the New York Challenge. CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers also loom for Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto. As a result, it's another light weekend of MLS action.

Perhaps the most important action will take place this weekend at Qwest Field, as the Sounders look to build on a road win against D.C. United when they play host to the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

Here's a close look at this weekend's action:

FC DALLAS (6-2-7) vs. TORONTO FC (6-5-4) Saturday, 4:00 PM MLS Direct Kick

Can Dallas snap Toronto's home-winning streak? It's been a solid half for Dallas, and with a game in hand on Real Salt Lake are just five points behind. Contribution from Brek Shea and David Ferreira have offset Jeff Cunningham's struggles.

It won't be easy to leave BMO Field with three points in hand, and Toronto will be able to call on Mista to help turnaround offensive woes. TFC haven't lost yet at home this season, and are preparing to take on Motagua in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League qualifier on Tuesday.

Dallas has been able to grind out a few results on the road, and could snatch something here at the end. FC Dallas 1, Toronto 1.

HOUSTON DYNAMO (5-7-4) vs. COLUMBUS CREW (9-3-4) Saturday, 7:30 PM MLS Direct Kick

It certainly hasn't been Houston's season this year. Injuries have hampered the Dynamo, and as of now remain outside of the playoff picture.

Columbus has yet another game at Crew stadium — a third in a row — and look to make it a second win in a row. The usual suspects have been at it again, with Guillermo Barros Schelotto once again leading the attack. Back on July 10 the two sides battled to a 0-0 stalemate, but a familiar setting should favor the Crew. Columbus 2, Houston 1.

CHIVAS USA (4-9-2) vs. REAL SALT LAKE (9-3-4) Saturday, 10:00 PM MLS Direct Kick

Only D.C. United keeps Chivas USA from the worst record in MLS, and trip to Rio Tinto isn't going to make things any better for the Rojiblancos. New signings have come in, including Sal Zizzo, Giancarlo Maldonado and Pablo Nagamura, but it won't be enough to match the firepower of Real Salt Lake.

Last week, RSL dropped a result on the road against Dallas, but with a formidable 6-2-0 record at home, look for them to bounce back with ease. Real Salt Lake 3, Chivas USA 0.

COLORADO RAPIDS (6-4-5) vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (5-8-4) Sunday, 10:30 PM FSC/FSE

This is a big one for Seattle. Their fading playoff hopes got a shot in the arm from last week's win against D.C. And while it's too early to write off their sophomore year, improving on a 3-2-4 mark at home must be taken care off. The Freddie Ljungberg saga looks to be nearing an end, and this weekend could be a chance for Blaise Nkufo to assert himself in league play.

A solid and steady Colorado comes to town hoping to spoil Seattle in front of another large home crowd. The Rapids are certainly capable, but really need Conor Casey and Omar Cummings to start clicking. Former KC Wizard Claudio Lopez has seen his minutes grow off the bench and might make the starting lineup. He can be the creative difference for Colorado, but look for Nkufo to lead Sounders to a win. Seattle 2, Colorado 0.


  1. Since you guys are curious, I’m smoking the good stuff, Romulan. I can get you a hook up if you want. This is normally the part of my post where I’d rub it in you faces that you were wrong and underestimated Chivas USA but I just don’t have the energy right now.

  2. I think the MLS logo will be a sillouette of Donovan. Hey if the NBA has Jerry West, why not Donovan for the MLS?

  3. And I’ll have whatever YOU’RE smoking. If RSL don’t tale the three points, It’ll be the result of the season for Chivas.

  4. RSL always goes for the throat at home. It’s gonna be a sell out and you can ask new England what happened last time Rio Tinto sold out you’ll be lucky for 3-0

  5. RSL 3 – Chivas 0? Wow, I’d love have some of what you’re smoking. Chivas have lost only one game in the month of July (they’ve played 6 already mind you.) And let’s face Chivas have RSL’s number, they lead the all-time series 9-3-5. I get it, the Goats have lost big-time in Utah before, but I don’t think that will be the case this time, their play has improved over the last month and a half. At worst I see them dropping this game 2-1, but my gut tells me that both teams are going to be approaching this game fairly cautiously, so I think a 1-1 result is the most likely.


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