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MLS Viewing Guide, Week Three

In addition to our Burgundy Boys taking the pitch on Saturday, there are a number of other excellent MLS matches for your viewing pleasure.

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So I was not so good at predicting the outcomes of games this past weekend with a putrid (3-5) record over the eight games.  But predicting soccer matches is not an exact science, and maybe that is what is so exciting about Major League Soccer.  Anything can happen.  I really saw no chance of the Quakes knocking off the Sounders, but low and behold, what happened.

Here are the games for this weekend and my "fearless" predictions of outcomes

Off This Week: Columbus Crew SC, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC

Friday (3-20)

Philadelphia Union (0-0-2) vs FC Dallas (2-0-0)--PPL Park--5PM MDT (UniMas)

I honestly was not on the Dallas train, and I still not completely buy everything, but the Hoops look good.  But now they take their show on the road to Chester, PA against a Philadelphia team who feels they were jobbed in their home opener against the Rapids and last week against RSL.  This will be a close battle, but ultimately the Union pick up their first win 1-0.

Saturday (3-21)

New England Revolution (0-2-0) vs Montreal Impact (0-1-0)--Gillette Stadium--1PM MDT (MLS Live)

Montreal is riding high after their 2-0 victory in their first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semi-Final and this match has 'letdown' written all over it.  The Revolution were not as bad as the 2-0 scoreline would reflect from last weekend and after two straight defeats, they right the ship and win 3-2 over the Impact.

Colorado Rapids (0-0-1) vs New York City FC (1-0-1)--Dick's Sporting Goods Park--2PM MDT (Altitude, MLS Live)

I predicted a 2-1 win for the Rapids in my March preview and I will stick to it.  BUT, the Rapids have to show more of an offensive threat then they did against the Union.  Which was zero.  The NYCFC back-line looks suspect and if the club can slow down the attack from NYCFC this should be a W for the Burgundy Boys.

Orlando City (1-0-1) vs Vancouver Whitecaps (1-1-0)--Citrus Bowl--5:30PM MDT (MLS Live)

The Caps are making the longest road trip they will have this MLS season playing the expansion franchise.  Orlando has done well over their first two matches in controlling possession and is able to move the ball fairly well.  They were clearly better against Houston, but struggle finishing and this could haunt them against the Caps.  This has draw written all over it and I will go with 1-1.

Sporting Kansas City (0-1-1) vs Portland Timbers (0-0-2)--Sporting Park--6:30PM MDT (MLS Live)

This is a "where are we this season" kind of feel to it even though it is week three.  Sporting has yet to win and has not really impressed and the Timbers dropped points at home picking up two draws.  I think Sporting rebounds after a terrible game in Dallas and gets a 1-0 victory.  But it will be a late goal that does it.

LA Galaxy (1-0-1) vs Houston Dynamo (1-1-0)--StubHub Center--8:30PM MDT (MLS Live)

LOL Houston

Last week I said LOL San Jose when they went to Century Link.  And they promptly dispatched the defending Supporters Shield winner.  The Galaxy appear to be (somehow) a team still trying to find their identity but they should knock off Houston 3-2 in this one.

Sunday (3-22)

New York Red Bulls (0-0-1) vs D.C. United (1-0-0)--Red Bull Arena--3:00PM MDT (ESPN2)

The Metros Red Bulls home opener should be three points for them as I was not impressed with D.C. in their first matchup whereas NY got a point on the road.  3-1 NYRB.

San Jose Earthquakes (1-1-0) vs Chicago Fire (0-2-0)--Avaya Stadium--5:00PM MDT (Fox Sports 1)

Ugh.  Perhaps the ugliest match of the weekend is saved for last, but I am excited to see the new park in San Jose.  And this should be an easy W for the Quakes as the Fire look like all sorts of a, pardon me here, dumpster Fire.  3-0 Quakes.