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MLS Viewing Guide, Week Five

Another weekend is upon us and what everyone wants to know: is this the weekend that the Rapids break the scoring duck?

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Answer: maybe.  Hopefully.  Yes!  Dang It!  Yes!  This is the week we score a goal and win!

(I hope so)

Honestly, I do not know if this is the week that the Colorado Rapids score that goal and end their winless streak.  With regard to streaks, I went an puke-tastic 1-9 last week to bring my season record to 6-20 (I skipped week one).  Much like the Rapids, my streak of poor picking form has to change, right?  Right?

For your viewing pleasure, here is the Week Five slate of matches:

Off This Week: Columbus Crew SC, Montreal Impact, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls

Friday (4-3)

Orlando City (1-1-2) vs D.C. United (2-1-0)--Citrus Bowl--5PM MDT (UniMas)

I have to admit: I thought there was no way that OCSC gets a result last week and I was convinced that DCU would lose at home.  I was wrong on both accounts.  I was very, very impressed with Orlando City winning on the road and they even had to start Danny Mwanga.  This one will be won by the Lions of Orlando City.

Saturday (4-4)

Chicago Fire (1-3-0) vs Toronto FC (1-2-0)--Toyota Park--1PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

Look, Chicago is not a good team.  I know it is early and all, but they beat a poor Union team last week at home.  That is nothing to hang their hat on, but they do have some interesting decisions coming up.  The Fire do look better with Harry Shipp running their offense (opposed to Shaun Maloney), but this one has victory written over it for TFC.

Colorado Rapids (0-0-3) vs New England Revolution (1-2-1)--Dick's Sporting Goods Park--5PM MDT (Altitude)

We will have all sorts of previews about this match coming up on Saturday, but this feels like the game where the Lads get it done and move to 1-0-3 on the year.  I hope.  Cause another scoreless draw will make Rapids supporters drink much heavier then they should.

Seattle Sounders (1-1-1) vs Houston Dynamo (1-1-2)--Century Link Field--8PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

The Sounders played a stinker of a match in a 0-0 draw in Dallas last weekend.  A match that featured zero shots on goal.  Yikes.  Not that the Dynamo were not much better in their match against the Rapids, but Seattle rebounds and gets a victory.

Vancouver Whitecaps (3-1-0) vs LA Galaxy (1-1-2)--BC Place--8PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

For me, the Whitecaps are the most impressive team in the league.  They continue that and defeat a Galaxy team that really does not seem to care about the season until July.

Portland Timbers (0-1-3) vs FC Dallas (3-0-1)--Providence Park--8:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

Portland is a good team that is trying to find its way.  Dallas is a good team that has found its way.  Portland sends Dallas to their first loss of the year.

Sunday (4-5)

San Jose Earthquakes (2-2-0) vs Real Salt Lake (1-0-2)--Avaya Stadium--3PM MDT (ESPN2)

RSL is lucky to have not draw their last game at home against TFC and I am not impressed at this point with them.  San Jose should rebound after a loss in New England and send their fans home happy with another win.

Sporting Kansas City (1-1-2) vs Philadelphia Union (0-2-2)--Sporting Park--5PM MDT (FoxSports1)

This is a must win for the Union as their season is circling the drain.  To lose in KC will make it very difficult on them to climb back up the table, and I think that is exactly what happens.  SKC gets the W.