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MLS Viewing Guide, Week Seven

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MLS reaches the seventh week with only one team having played seven games.

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Look, I get that I rip on the MLS scheduling system (a lot) but as I write this on a snowy day in Colorado, only one team has played seven games and this is the seventh week of the season.  For the record:

Seven games: Vancouver Whitecaps

Six games: Orlando City, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, FC Dallas, San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers

Five games: D.C. United, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew SC, New York City FC, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders, Colorado Rapids

Four Games: New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact

I know there are extenuating circumstances (CCL for the Impact and stadium upgrades for TFC) but it makes it difficult to a) predict games and b) figure out who is good or not.

But being wrong has never stopped me before so here is the MLS Viewing Guide for this weekend and my picks for those games:

Off This Week: Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact

Thursday (4-16)

New York City FC (1-2-2) vs Philadelphia Union (1-3-2)--Yankee Stadium--5PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

NYCFC is in a bit of a funk as of late with a 0-2-1 clip and should have had a point last weekend against this same Union team.  I do think they are a bit unlucky this year and will turn it around with a W against the Union.

Friday (4-17)

New York Red Bulls (2-0-2) vs San Jose Earthquakes (3-3-0)--Red Bull Arena--5PM MDT (UniMas)

I am bullish (sorry) on the Metros and see this as a victory for them to keep their unbeaten start going.

Saturday (4-18)

D.C. United (3-1-1) vs Houston Dynamo (2-2-2)--RFK Stadium--5PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

I am not sure that either one of these clubs is as good as their record states, but alas here we are.  I would normally take the home team with this matchup, but I am going to say a tie because of how good Tyler Deric is for the Dynamo.  The dude literally steals points for teams.

Columbus Crew (1-2-2) vs Orlando City SC (2-2-2)--MAPFRE Stadium--5:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

Orlando is playing well as of late but I think Columbus gets it done at home.

FC Dallas (3-2-1) vs Toronto FC (1-3-0)--Toyota Stadium--6:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

Will the Hoops rebound after losing to the Rapids last weekend?  Will TFC win again?  Yes, and yes.  Just not today for either team as this is a drab draw in Big D.

Colorado Rapids (1-1-3) vs Seattle Sounders (2-2-1)--Dick's Sporting Goods Park--7PM MDT (Altitude TV)

This is the toughest game for me to predict this weekend as the Rapids have a terrible record against the Sounders and the Sounders are playing very well (don't let their record fool you).  I am not 100% convinced what kind of team the Rapids are right now, and I cannot see Seattle losing two in a row.  I will go with a 1-1 draw.

Real Salt Lake (2-0-3) vs Vancouver Whitecaps (4-2-1)--Rio Tinto Stadium--7:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

RSL played a gritty, ugly game at SKC and got a point last weekend and the Whitecaps went 0-1-1 on their weekend.  A lot to like about this matchup but I think the Claret and Cobalt are too much for the Caps and get the W.

LA Galaxy (2-2-2) vs Sporting Kansas City (2-1-3)--Stub Hub Center--8:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

This feels like a match that LA should win and SKC should lose so naturally it will be a tie.

Sunday (4-19)

Philadelphia Union (1-3-2) vs New England Revolution (2-2-2)--PPL Park--3PM MDT (ESPN2)

This is toughie for me to call.  I like New England as a complete squad but Philly is better then their record would suggest.   A draw is most likely, but a Revs win is not out of the question.

New York City FC (1-2-2) vs Portland Timbers (1-2-3)--Yankee Stadium--5PM MDT (FoxSports1)

Will the real Timbers step up?  They will this year, but not on Sunday against the Yankees, NYCFC.