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MLS Viewing Guide, Week 12

The Rapids take on the Whitecaps in an important Western Conference match in week 12 of the 2015 MLS season.

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Our Colorado Rapids begin a difficult three game Cascadia stretch on Saturday night with a home date against Western Conference power Vancouver Whitecaps at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  Last week the Rapids were rained out (but strangely did not play the next day) at Kansas City whereas the Whitecaps dropped a 2-0 decision to Seattle.  Both teams will be looking for all three points, but the Whitecaps have a tricky tie tonight at FC Edmonton in the second leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal.

Here is a look at the Week 12 MLS schedule:

Wednesday (5-20)

Sporting Kansas City (3-2-5) vs New England Revolution (5-2-4)--Sporting Park--6:00 PM MDT (ESPN2)

This is a battle of playoff teams and this should provide a great test for the Revolution as they look to take over the top spot in the East.  Sporting is banged up and I like the look of this Revs team and I am going to go with a win for the road team.

Friday (5-22)

Columbus Crew SC (4-4-2) vs Chicago Fire (3-5-1)--MAPFRE Stadium--6:00 PM MDT (Univision Deportes)

I like Columbus at home this one as I am not convinced as to whether Chicago is a good team or not.

LA Galaxy (3-4-5) vs Houston Dynamo (4-4-4)--StubHub Center--8:30 PM MDT (Univision Deportes)

The Galaxy got throttled on the road last night and looked absolutely terrible.  I expect a bounce back from them, but I am going to call this one a draw as Houston seems to be finding ways to grind out results.

Saturday (5-23)

Toronto FC (3-5-1) vs Portland Timbers (3-4-4)--BMO Field--3:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

TFC embarrassed themselves in their first home match two weeks ago but that will not happen again.  They will easily defeat Portland.

New England Revolution (5-2-4) vs D.C. United (6-2-3)--Gillette Stadium--5:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

The battle for the top in the East.  This should be a great one and I like New England at home.

Montreal Impact (1-3-2) vs FC Dallas (6-2-3)--Stade Saputo--6:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

The Impact crushed RSL last week, but FC Dallas is a whole other animal.  The Hoops go on the road and get the draw.

Colorado Rapids (1-2-7) vs Vancouver Whitecaps (6-4-2)--Dick's Sporting Goods Park--7:00 PM MDT (Altitude TV)

The Rapids have 2 of their next 3 at home and it is time to see them use their home field advantage.  Luis Solignac and Kevin Doyle should both be available and I am going to call the upset and say the home side gets their second win of the year.

Seattle Sounders (6-3-1) vs Sporting Kansas City (3-2-5)--Century Link Field--8:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Seattle at home against a tired SKC team?  Give me the Sounders all day on this one.

Real Salt Lake (3-3-5) vs New York City FC (1-6-4)--Rio Tinto Stadium--8:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

I don't care who is coaching either team in this one. RSL is just a better team and will show that with a home victory.

Sunday (5-24)

New York Red Bulls (4-1-5) vs Philadelphia Union (2-7-3)--Red Bull Arena--3:00 PM MDT (FoxSports1)

The Union got a massive home win against DC last weekend but they will find themselves on the short end of the stick against the Metros.

San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-2) vs Orlando City (3-5-3)--Levi's Stadium--5:00 PM MDT (FoxSports1)

This may be the best football that Levi's Stadium sees all year with both teams coming off impressive victories.  I think this one will be much better than people will give it credit for but will ultimately end in a draw.