It is a jam packed MLS week with all 20 teams in action and a total of 12 matches to satisfy your soccer fix. And some of those matches are truly remarkable including RSL and LA on Wednesday, the Rapids play the Quakes on Friday and the first New York derby on Sunday.
For an MLS fan it does not get any better and the action kicks off tonight in Houston as the Dynamo play San Jose in Houston
Here is the slate of games this week:
This match marks the return of Dominic Kinnear to Houston where he won two MLS Cup Championships with the Dynamo. The Quakes are coming off an ugly tie in Utah and the Dynamo are coming off a throttling at the hands of FC Dallas. This match has draw written all over it.
It is interesting to see an RSL team struggle so much both at home and on the road and they are playing a Galaxy team that is underachieving. Both teams had draws their last time out, but only the Galaxy actually did enough to win. I would never normally bet against RSL, but I am going to go with LA with the upset.
OCSC is slowly turning into a dumpster fire and with the news that they lost Kevin Molino for the year with an ACL injury, the Lions are really struggling. The Revs are showing the league that last year was not a fluke and will make life very difficult for OCSC. That being said, I think the Lions get a draw with the Revs. Call it a hunch.
Colorado Rapids (1-2-6) vs San Jose Earthquakes (3-4-1)--Dick's Sporting Goods Park--8:00 PM MDT (Univision Deportes)
The Rapids have not beaten the Quakes since 2011. Read that again: the Rapids have not beaten the Quakes since 2011. That was three Rapids head coaches ago. The streak ends this Friday and the Rapids get their second win of the year.
Chicago Fire (3-4-0) vs Real Salt Lake (2-2-4)--Toyota Park--1:00PM MDT (MLS Live)
The Fire seem to be getting better and RSL is not. This feels like a tie match to me, but would not be surprised if Chicago pulled out the W.
The Impact play their first home game of the year at Stade Saputo after a long and emotional CCL run. The Timbers are coming off a game that the tied at home (and should have won). Montreal picks up their first win of the 2015 MLS season.
Thanks for coming Philadelphia. Enjoy the flight home with your seventh loss of the year.
DCU should pick up the W here, but I expect SKC to make it a very physical game and a close one.
Seattle is on a roll and the Crew are coming off a tough loss at DC which should favor the Sounders, but I think this one ends in a draw.
FC Dallas (5-2-2) vs LA Galaxy (3-2-4)--Toyota Stadium--6:30PM MDT (MLS Live)
The Galaxy are playing their second road match in four days and this should be enough for FC Dallas to pick up the win.
Toronto FC (3-4-0) vs Houston Dynamo (2-3-4)--BMO Field--3:00PM MDT (ESPN2)
Toronto wins this in the home opener for the Reds after seven games on the road.
The first New York derby will be one by the original Metropolitan team, the Red Bulls.