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MLS Viewing Guide, Week Nine

The Rapids take the pitch on Wednesday to start off a great week of MLS action.

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The Major League Soccer season is nearly a quarter complete and the matches are coming fast and heavy.  There are a number of great matches this week including the CCL championship for Montreal.  In addition to the Rapids two matches this week, I am also looking forward to both matches on Friday and the Sunday afternoon tilt between NYCFC and the Sounders.

Here is the busy MLS schedule for Week Nine:

Off This Week: Montreal Impact (from MLS Play) and Orlando City

Wednesday (4-29)

New York Red Bulls (3-0-3) vs Colorado Rapids (1-2-4)--Red Bull Arena--5:30 PM MDT (Altitude)

The Rapids are taking an impressive road record (1-0-2) into Red Bull Arena to face one of the class teams in Major League Soccer.  This has every making of being a loss for the Rapids, but I think they ultimately grind out a result in what could be an ugly match to watch.

Montreal Impact vs Club America--CCL Championship--Stade Olympique--6PM MDT (FoxSports 2/UniMas)

On paper, Club America is the better squad without a doubt.  But matches are not played on paper and I am going to go with my heart on this and call it a victory for Montreal.

Friday (5-1)

Houston Dynamo (2-2-4) vs FC Dallas (4-2-2)--BBVA Compass Stadium--6PM MDT (Univision Deportes)

The Battle for Texas!  Both teams are coming off draws that left them wanted more out of games that they could have (and in Houston's case should have) gotten more out of.  I really think this has a chance to be an exciting match and one that finds the visitors from Frisco taking the victory.

Real Salt Lake (2-2-3) vs San Jose Earthquakes (3-4-0)--Rio Tinto Stadium--8PM MDT (Univision Deportes)

RSL is not accustomed to being in 9th place at any point in a season and they will look to rebound after getting hammered in their last match.  The Quakes are coming off a bye week and have had the time to prepare for RSL, but I think the home side gets the win.

Saturday (5-2)

Philadelphia Union (1-5-3) vs Toronto FC (2-4-0)--PPL Park--2PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

Philly is a bad team right now and Toronto is showing some life after winning in Orlando last weekend.  I am going to go with the Reds in this as the Philly ship is taking on significant amounts of water.

D.C. United (4-1-2) vs Columbus Crew SC (3-2-2)--RFK Stadium--5PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

A terrific Eastern Conference battle between two teams that should be in this season until the very end.  It should be a lively affair and end in an exciting draw.

New England Revolution (4-2-2) vs New York Red Bulls (3-0-3)--Gillette Stadium--5:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

This will be the match where the Red Bulls suffer their first loss.  New England is a quality side who are really starting to come together.

LA Galaxy (3-2-3) vs Colorado Rapids (1-2-4)--Stubhub Center--8:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

I really, really want to say tie on this one, but the Rapids will be traveling across the country after their Wednesday game in New York and I think this will mean a loss for the Burgundy Boys.  They will play the Galaxy tight, but ultimately lose on a late game header.

Portland Timbers (2-3-3) vs Vancouver Whitecaps (5-3-1)--Providence Park--8:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

I do like this matchup and am kind of bummed I will not be watching it live, as the Timbers and Whitecaps play some good football.  Both teams are coming off tough losses and I think being at home should give the advantage to Portland, but I think this one ends in a tie.

Sunday (5-3)

Sporting Kansas City (2-2-4) vs Chicago Fire (3-3-0)--Sporting Park--3PM MDT (ESPN2)

I am still waiting for the real Sporting team to show up.  They will not in this one as I am calling this one a tie.

New York City FC (1-4-3) vs Seattle Sounders (4-2-1)--Yankee Stadium--5PM MDT (FoxSports 1)

Seattle Sounders are the best team in MLS.  New York City FC is not.  A win for the Sounders.