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MLS Viewing Guide, Week 16

Nearly half way to the midpoint of the 2015 season and there are many juicy match-ups out there to take in.

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This will a pretty exciting week of soccer action with the World Cup going on and a total of 18 Major League Soccer matches.  For my money, the Seattle-San Jose match and RSL-SKC matches lead the weekend, let alone our Beloved Burgundy Boys playing at home against Dallas.

Here is your MLS Viewing Guide, Week 16:

Off This Week: Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew SC

Friday (6/19)

Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas--7:00 PM MDT--Dick's Sporting Goods Park (UniMas)

The Rapids and Hoops are struggling with preventing and scoring goals and it is getting to the point of desperation for both teams.  The Hoops have a bit more wiggle room as they are in a playoff place right now, but the Rapids absolutely need to win this.  When I previewed June I said this was a win for the Rapids, but to be honest they have not shown anything in June that lends me to believe that they will actually win this won.  Call this a tie.  (sigh)

Saturday (6/20)

Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes--2:00 PM MDT--Century Link Field (MLS Live)

Obafemi Martins is out.  Clint Dempsey better be after his petulant and childish display in the US Open Cup match this week.  This should help San Jose but I think that Seattle will be pissed off after they imploded this week and will cruise to victory.

New York Red Bulls vs Vancouver Whitecaps--5:00 PM MDT--Red Bull Arena (MLS Live)

The Red Bulls have not won since May 10 and the Caps have won two out of their last five.  This matchup certainly has lost a bit of luster and I think that the Caps will come in and grab a satisfying road draw.

Toronto FC vs New York City FC--5:00 PM MDT--BMO Field (MLS Live)

NYCFC has won two in a row.  TFC has won three in a row.  This has all of the makings to be a great match, but I think that Toronto will roll to victory over a NYCFC team that is not that good.

Montreal Impact vs Orlando City--6:00 PM MDT--Stade Saputo (MLS Live)

Montreal has won four out of their last six and Orlando has put together two wins in a row.  I do like Montreal in this one to get all three points and continue their push for a playoff spot out east.

LA Galaxy vs Philadelphia Union--8:30 PM MDT--Stubhub Center (MLS Live)

Yes, I know Philly is playing better and the Galaxy are struggling.  I get it.  But this is a Galaxy win all day, every day.

Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo--8:30 PM MDT--Providence Park (MLS Live)

The final game on Saturday sees an in form Timbers side playing a Houston team that is still very hard to predict.  That will not matter as Portland grabs their fourth in a row.

Sunday (6/21)

D.C. United vs New England Revolution--3:00 PM MDT--RFK Stadium (ESPN2)

DC has lost two on the trot and New England is dealing with some injury issues.  I do like the road team in this one to pick up a well deserved win.

Real Salt Lake vs Sporting Kansas City--8:00 PM MDT--Rio Tinto Stadium (Fox Sports1)

RSL is playing some of the worst football I have seen since, well, the early days of RSL.  Injuries?  Fatigue?  Who knows?  What I do know is that they have not been good enough all year and SKC will take advantage of this and get the win.