It is Rocky Mountain Cup week for the Rapids and RSL as they meet for the second of three meetings in 2015--this time in Commerce City. The Rapids are coming off a much needed victory over Vancouver last week while RSL had to settle for a share of the points with OCSC.
Along with the RMC, there are a number of good matches this week including a great matchup to close the weekend--Sporting at Vancouver.
Here is your MLS Viewing Guide for Week 19:
Friday, July 10
A battle of two teams on the outside of the playoff picture, this should prove to be a defensive affair. Both the Dynamo and Quakes are missing people due to Gold Cup commitments, so this one could be a bit rough to watch. Calling this a draw in San Jose.
Saturday, July 11
The Timbers have won 6 of their last 7 matches and will be entering PPL Park with all sorts of confidence whereas the Union are on a modest two match unbeaten run. I actually think that Philadelphia will get their stuff together and pull off the win.
Man alive the Revs are full on in their midseason nosedive having lost four in a row. Having to go on the road in New Jersey against the Metros will be a task to difficult and will drop their fifth in a row.
It is tough to figure either of these teams out, and I think this match will be better then many will give it credit for. The Hoops are missing people but this is a game that an Oscar Pareja coached team gets a result in. This ends in a tie.
Columbus is unbeaten in four and the Impact are winless in three. Regardless, I think the Impact figure it all out and get a victory in this match.
Chicago is terrible. Seattle is not. Seattle piles on more misery for the Fire and gets a win on the road.
I had predicted this to be a 0-0 draw when I previewed July but I also predicted the Rapids would lose to the Caps. I really want to change my mind, but the minute that I do will be when RSL wins. That being said, this is a critical match for the Rapids. Not so much for the playoffs, but for overall confidence in the squad and for the supporters.
Sunday, July 12
NYCFC will win this one at home but it will be a close and tense affair.
Best game of the weekend hands down. Sporting is on a nice run of form and the Caps are finally home after 5 matches. Vancouver will bring their best and will also get the win in this one.