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MLS Viewing Guide, Week Two

The Rapids may be off this weekend, but there is plenty of Major League Soccer action to watch.

Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Kind of a bummer with no Colorado Rapids match this week, but there are 8 other games to watch as Major League Soccer heads into Week 2.  With so many great matches to watch, it is difficult to pick a favorite, but I think I am most looking forward to the matchup in Frisco, Texas.  I am not fully on board with FC Dallas at this point (they should have tied last week if not for some boneheaded goalkeeping) and Sporting has a very solid team who should have come away with 3 points instead of a draw.  And something about watching Portland and LA play makes for very compelling football.

Here is the weekend schedule and my far from perfect predictions on the outcomes:

Off This Week:  Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls

Friday (3-13)

Houston Dynamo (1-0-0) vs Orlando City SC (0-0-1)--BBVA Compass Stadium--5PM MDT--UniMas

The Dynamo picked their first win last week against the Crew and take on an Orlando team who was a bit unlucky to not pick of a victory in Week one.  This has draw written all over it, but I think Orlando City comes out with a 2-1 win late in the match.

Saturday (3-14)

Chicago Fire (0-1-0) vs Vancouver Whitecaps (0-1-0)--Toyota Park--4PM MDT--MLS LIve

Goodness, Chicago was absolute crap in their first match and although they are playing at home this week I am not sure they have it in them to bring down a pissed off Vancouver side.  3-1 win for the Whitecaps.

Columbus Crew SC (0-1-0) vs Toronto FC (1-0-0)--MAPFRE Stadium--5:30PM MDT--MLS Live

Toronto looked great on the road last week and Columbus should have gotten a victory over the Dynamo.  I am not on the TFC train just yet but they will get a 2-2 draw in this one.

FC Dallas (1-0-0) vs Sporting Kansas City (0-0-1)--Toyota Stadium--6:30PM MDT--MLS Live

This is my match of the weekend with both teams not feeling great about their week one results.  As I said, I am not buying into FCD right now and I think Sporting will come out of Frisco with a win.  2-0 to Sporting.

Real Salt Lake (0-0-1) vs Philadelphia Union (0-0-1)--Rio Tinto Stadium--7:30PM MDT--MLS Live

The Union were unable to break down a resolute Rapids defense last weekend and I have concerns with their ability to score.  RSL does not lose often at home and I see no reason not to take our Rocky Mountain Rivals in this one.  3-1 RSL

Seattle Sounders (1-0-0) vs San Jose Earthquakes (0-1-0)--Century Link Field--8:00PM MDT--MLS Live

Good Luck San Jose.  LOL.  4-1 to the Sounders.

Sunday (3-15)

New York City FC (0-0-1)vs New England Revolution (0-1-0)--Yankee Stadium--3PM MDT--ESPN2

New England looked bad against Seattle (although I think many teams will this year at Century Link) and they are still nursing injuries.  NYCFC will be making their franchise debut at home and while they are not a better team then the Revs, they will get the 2-1 victory for the home fans.

Portland Timbers (0-0-1) vs LA Galaxy (1-0-0)--Providence Park--5PM MDT--Fox Sports 1

Another great matchup sees the defending champs head to Portland.  LA has too much for the Timbers and gets a 2-0 win at Providence.