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MLS Viewing Guide, Week 17

Holy Soccer Matches Batman!

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

What an incredible five days the Major League Soccer scheduling folks have on tap for us: a total of 16 matches on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  So much will be learned about all 20 teams after this stretch and for some, like our Colorado Rapids, they could truly be on the outside looking in if they do not have a good stretch.

Here is your Week 17 MLS Viewing Guide:

Off This Week: None

Wednesday (6/24)

Philadelphia Union vs Seattle Sounders--PPL Park--5:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Seattle should be pissed after losing at home and the Union got absolutely run out of the park in getting crushed by the Galaxy last week.  What will give?  I have to think Seattle grabs a win in Chester.

New York Red Bulls vs Real Salt Lake--Red Bull Arena--5:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Talk about the tale of two different teams: the Metros look terrible and RSL is sky high after their thrilling win over SKC.  All of that being said, I think this is a draw which will be just fine with RSL.

Columbus Crew SC vs New England Revolution--MAPFRE Stadium--5:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

The Crew have not won in, like, forever and the Revs are coming off a tough loss.  I think the home team gets one over on the visiting Revs.

Orlando City vs Colorado Rapids--The Citrus Bowl--5:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Until the Rapids can show they know how to score goals and win games I will not pick them again.  Lions win at home.

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact--BMO Field--6:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Wow.  TFC is a hard one to figure out.  They win when I think they won't and lose stinkers at home which makes no sense.  Oh, and the Impact are pretty good.  Call this an upset win for Montreal.

Chicago Fire vs D.C. United--Toyota Park--6:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Oh goodness does Chicago suck.  DCU gets a road draw in this one.

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers--Stubhub Center--9:00 PM MDT (ESPN2)

The game of the night without a doubt.  No offense to Portland, but they are not as good as the Galaxy and LA gets the crucial home win.

Friday (6/26)

FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo--Toyota Stadium--7:00 PM MDT (UniMas)

The Hoops return home and will reward their faithful with a comprehensive win over a less than exciting Dynamo team.

Saturday (6/27)

Toronto FC vs D.C. United--BMO Field--3:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

As I have said, TFC is difficult to predict.  Therefore they will knock off the elite in the East, DCU.

Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact--PPL Park--5:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

I really think the Union are terrible, and it is rare for a home team to be the underdog, but the fact is that Philly is not that good.  But I think they pull the upset and beat the Impact at home.

New England Revolution vs Vancouver Whitecaps--Gillette Stadium--5:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Vancouver to Boston is a hell of a road trip, and the Revs will have played on Wednesday, but I think that they will be good enough to grab a win over the Caps.

Sporting Kansas City vs Colorado Rapids--Sporting Park--6:30 PM MDT (Altitude)

Sporting wins this one going away.

Real Salt Lake vs Columbus Crew SC--Rio Tinto Stadium--8:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

RSL looks like they might be rounding into fine form and they an overrated Crew team at the RioT.  Call this a win for RSL.

San Jose Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy--Stanford Stadium--8:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Quakes vs Galaxy:  always good stuff and this one will go down to the wire with a Quakes victory late.

Sunday (6/28)

New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls--Yankee Stadium--2:30 PM MDT (ESPN)

NYCFC will the second match in this "sort of" rivalry.  The Red Bulls are a hot mess right now.

Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders--Providence Park--5:00 PM MDT (Fox Sports1)

Well, call this "Notebook Gate" as the Timbers and Sounders hook up again.  I really lost all respect for Seattle after their petulant display in the US Open Cup, so I am going to go with Portland to win 11-0.