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MLS Viewing Guide, Week 20

The Rapids play their last match this month as they travel on up to Seattle.

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We are into the 20th week of the MLS Season and there as some very good games on the docket including a possible MLS Cup Championship Preview.  As for our Beloved Burgundy Boys, they travel to the Emerald City to play the Sounders for the final time in 2015.

Here is your MLS Viewing Guide for Week 20:

Off This Week: NONE

Wednesday, July 15

Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew SC--6:30 PM MDT--Toyota Park  (MLS Live)

In a scheduling quirk that only MLS could love, the Fire and the Crew play each other twice this week.  The Fire are coming of a hugely emotional victory over Seattle last week and I think this carries over in this one and they get the win.

Friday, July 17

LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes--9:00 PM MDT--Stubhub Center  (UniMas)

The California Classico is always a lot of fun and produces some of the best games that MLS has to offer.  This one will be a bit of a let down as so many of the stars are missing, but it could be the MLS debut of some new #8 that the Galaxy have.  LA wins this one easily.

Saturday, July 18

Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union--2:00 PM MDT--BMO Field  (MLS Live)

Toronto has terrific offense and they get Jozy Altidore back, but with a defense such as the one the trot out, there are certainly concerns with Toronto going forward.  That being said, Toronto will win this winnable match at home.  No disrespect to Philly, but this seems like a game they lose.

Orlando City vs New York Red Bulls--5:30 PM MDT--The Citrus Bowl (MLS Live)

The Metros are 4-1-2 since their midseason blip and seem to be rounding into form.  OCSC is a team that is difficult to figure out, but that comes from a team still getting to know one another.  This is a draw.

New England Revolution vs New York City FC--5:30 PM MDT--Gillette Stadium  (MLS Live)

Man, the Revs are in the tank.  In their last 12 matches they are 1-7-4.  That is horrid and for a team that had designs on winning their first title in team history.  NYCFC is playing some of their best football and Frank Lampard should make his debut this weekend.  I like the Revs in this one merely because they are due.

Sporting Kansas City vs Montreal Impact--7:00 PM MDT--Sporting Park  (MLS Live)

This is an intriguing matchup on paper.  Both the Impact and Sporting are playing well, but SKC is the best team in the league (right now) and I think they get the win here.  But Montreal will make it closer than it should be.

FC Dallas vs D.C. United--7:00 PM MDT--Toyota Stadium  (MLS Live)

An MLS Cup Preview?  Don't say no to this one as there is a chance of it happening.  This is going to be a tight affair and it should favor DCU who get an important road point.

Seattle Sounders vs Colorado Rapids--8:00 PM MDT--Century Link Field  (MLS Live)

Well, I had predicted a Sounders win in this one, but a couple of things have changed since that.  Seattle is missing several key players due to injury and international call-ups and the Rapids have won two in a row.  And there is a natural grass pitch at Century Link (thank you Manchester United).  All of these things give hope for the Rapids to claim their first win ever in Seattle.  Is this the trip that it happens?

Real Salt Lake vs Houston Dynamo--8:00 PM MDT--Rio Tinto Stadium  (MLS Live)

RSL had a massive win in US Open Cup this week which may have shaken off the taste of getting run out of Colorado this weekend.  Houston is a tough team to figure out and I think they will make life difficult for RSL and grab a tie on the road.

Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps--8:30 PM MDT--Providence Park  (MLS Live)

Both teams are coming off losses and if the Caps drop this one it will be three in a row for them.  I like Portland at home in this Cascadia matchup.

Sunday, July 19

Columbus Crew SC vs Chicago Fire--3:00 PM MDT--MAPFRE Stadium  (ESPN2)

The Crew and the Fire meet for the second time in five days and the Crew will return the favor and beat Chicago at home.