Wow, this season is moving fast. We are already into the 11th week of the year and some trends are starting to appear between who is good, who is not and who the jury is out on:
The Good: DC, NYRB, FCD, Vancouver, Seattle, New England, Columbus
The Bad: Orlando City, NYCFC, Philadelphia
The Jury Is Out: Chicago, Montreal, RSL, TFC, SKC, Rapids, Houston, Portland, Quakes, Galaxy.
The fact that there are half of the teams in Major League Soccer that we are still not sure about speaks to the parity and closeness of all of the teams. The Impact, who are dead last in the East are 7 points out of playoff spot, but have 3-6 games on the teams in front of them. The Rapids, who are dead last in the West with just one win are only 4 points from a playoff spot.
Crazy, crazy MLS.
Here is the weekly MLS Viewing Guide for Week 11:
Off This Week: None
These are clubs going in very different directions and, for the Lions, they are trying to figure out what that direction is. DC is clearly one of the top clubs in MLS right now and this should be a victory for them.
Of the two games on Friday, this is absolutely the undercard. That being said, this is a great chance for NYCFC to get their second win as Chicago is truly a team that is up and it is down. They will be down on Friday as NYCFC gets the important win.
Could this be a MLS Cup preview? Not sure about that, but this is a terrific matchup featuring two of the class of the league. Call this a 2-2 draw.
I like the Impact in this one just because RSL is still shaky and Montreal are due for a victory.
Another terrific clash on Saturday afternoon and this one will end in a draw as both clubs exchange goals but ultimately a winner will not be found.
I am not sure what to think of Toronto FC. Sometimes I think they could be a great team and other times they look like they did last weekend in getting smacked at home. The Revs are a quality team and should get the W here.
Screw it! The Rapids are gonna WIN!!!!! (I hope)
Houston is another team that I can't quite figure out. They lose at home but go get a massive result in Toronto. Just do not get it. The Timbers looked good at Montreal last weekend and I think that trend continues as they pick up a W in Houston.
Look, I do not give a crap what their record says, but San Jose is a terrible team. They play ugly, ugly soccer. They have unlikeable players and I want to vomit every time I think about them. But they somehow, someway pull out results and are in a playoffs (as of now). This game ends in a draw.
Orlando City (2-4-3) vs LA Galaxy (3-3-5)--Citrus Bowl--3:00 PM MDT (ESPN2)
Orlando City has not won at home and LA is being LA by starting slow but hanging around for their inevitable run towards another MLS Cup. Records should not matter and I think OCSC gets their first home win of the year on Sunday.
Philadelphia Union (1-7-3) vs D.C. United (5-1-3)--PPL Park--5:00 PM MDT (FoxSports1)
Yikes. D.C. United in this one.