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MLS Viewing Guide, Week 18

The downhill end of the season has begun as we are now pass the halfway point of the season.

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The Major League Soccer season is over halfway done now with almost every team playing 17 of their 34 regular season games.  Some trends have begun to take shape and there is a better understanding who is good and who is not.  Almost every team is within 7 points of a playoff spot (we will not talk about the team that is not) and all but three teams are within four points of the redline.

The moral: almost everyone has something to play for still.

Here is your MLS Week 18 viewing guide:

Off This Week:  Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City

Friday, July 3

Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire--BBVA Compass Stadium--7:00 PM MDT (Univision Deportes)

Wow, this game has a chance of really sucking, but I think the Dynamo will be able to grab a win at home against a (relatively) listless Fire team.

Seattle Sounders vs D.C. United--Century Link Field--9:00 PM MDT (UniMas)

I am really trying to figure out Seattle.  I do think they are the class of the league, but they are dealing with suspensions and international breaks so this one could be tricky for them.  I still think they will have enough to get the victory at home against DCU.

Saturday, July 4

Columbus Crew SC vs New York Red Bulls--MAPFRE Stadium--5:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

The Red Bulls are playing well and the Crew, well, they are the Crew and are trying to figure out who they are.  I think this one is a hard fought battle and the Metros end up grabbing a late draw.

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

I actually think the Impact are a playoff team and NYCFC is not.  And this should be proven with the Impact grabbing an important home win

Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps--Dick's Sporting Goods Park--7:00 PM MDT (Altitude)

Sigh.  I want the Rapids to win.  But they will lose 2-0 at home to the Caps.

FC Dallas vs New England Revolution--Toyota Stadium--7:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

I like this matchup and I like the Hoops to win at home.  But this should be a great game that will be hard fought and go back and forth but FCD will get the win late.

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

RSL is not as good as they think and OCSC is not nearly as good as they think.  Therefore, call this a draw.

LA Galaxy vs Toronto FC--Stubhub Center--8:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Enjoy the flight back with a loss TFC.

Sunday, July 5

Portland Timbers vs San Jose Earthquakes--Providence Park--3:00 PM MDT (ESPN 2)

This is going to be an a very close match and I am going to call this the upset of the week as San Jose goes on the road and gets a W.