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MLS/CCL Wednesday: Your Running Commentary


It's a big night for Major League Soccer teams both domestically and regionally. The Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids fighting for their CONCACAF Champions League lives, while FC Dallas looks to take a giant step further toward advancing to the knockout stage.

In league play, Sporting Kansas City and Columbus meet in a crucial Eastern Conference battle, while Real Salt Lake is expected to welcome playmaker Javier Morales back to the field at some point during its match against the Chicago Fire.

Here is the viewing schedule for the night's matches:

8 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel/ stream – Tauro FC vs. FC Dallas

8 p.m. – Telefutura – Real Espana vs. Santos Laguna

8:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew

9 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Real Salt Lake vs. Chicago Fire

10 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel/Telefutura/ stream – Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Morelia

10 p.m. – stream – Isidro Metapan vs. Colorado Rapids

If you will be watching any of Wednesday night's games please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action.


  1. The biggest problem for MLS teams right now is depth. They just don’t have the deep benches of comparable teams in other leagues, for the most part. Just at various times this season we have seen tailspins/collapses from pretty much every team, NY, Dallas, RSL, Crew, Philly, Rapids, Dynamo etc. Only the Galaxy, Sounders, KC and maybe DC have been able to keep it together.
    I think this will improve over time, fortunately, as expansion slows down, and as academies produce more home grown players.

  2. Guess we should give at least some credit to the ongoing “thug” label, though, in all fairness to the critics. I mean now that the Rapids have shot up to 16th in fouls committed and all.

  3. Pretty hilarious to go back tonight and read all the comments on that “Rapids Still Alive” thread from a day or two ago.

    So for all the experts complaining there: if the Rapids fielding mostly reserves against Metapán indicated that they were just a fluke and weren’t fit to host the MLS Cup last year, as claimed (still, incredibly!), then what does that mean is indicated by the Rapids fielding mostly reserves against Metapán and winning going away?

    Perhaps it is all just smoke and mirrors! I mean god knows that’s the only way they could still be outperforming 2/3 of the league with the regular season almost in the books, right?

  4. Also, I was a bit disappointed with the coverage on FSC. They really didn’t do any analysis of the scenarios for advancing. In addition when MM left the field they had no idea why and never found out. Pretty bad. MLS needs to take notes from the NFL. After watching MLS games on TV getting the NFL back is like a breathe of fresh air. Announcers are good, video qality is perfect, production imeccable, stats everywhere etc etc. Fans like quality, details, we like analysis, we’re men, we’re nerds give us more. Also, try bringing in the local MLS announcers.

  5. Although Barrett got the assist, two of Arena’s subs, Jordan and Barrett played poorly again. They along with the linesman were responsible for the loss in Mexico.

  6. Missing four key starters(Ricketts, Keane, Beckham,Franklin) LA managed to pull this win off. How? I have no idea. LA really hasn’t been at full strength in some time. We’ll be tough to beat especially with the light schedule over the next month. I feel really confident going into the playoffs ESPECIALLY since we’ve given so many of our bench playing time against Vancouver, Crew ad in CCL play. We’re still a bit slow and small for my liking. Also we’re weak up top.

  7. I think you’re right. That Keane goal was good, no off-sides. With a ref that was half way fair, MLS teams seem like they can actually compete. The worst is that Jamaican referee Courtney Campbell. He’s quite an opponent and nemesis to all things MLS/US.

  8. True, really with the horseshit 18 Arena put out there: Stephens, Jordan, Barrett, Jimenez(who?). Not much quality out there; very disappointed with no Keane– especially after saying he’d play and was rested all week w/ light glut pull. Makes one think Arena really was looking towards Satuday’s match against RSL (they did lose today, right?). Pretty lucky tonight, but we certainly were due a little with all the b.s. of the two previous games.

  9. Morelia goes high hard pressure to close the final minutes, gets a Gonzo TO, and Stephens saves the day to force a corner for now…and Saunders punches over to concede another corner…and another corner…which Cardozo breaks up on the short corner try


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