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MLS Viewing Guide, Week 22

Week 22 is here and with the All-Star break over, MLS is back in full swing.

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The All-Star week is over and it means a return to MLS action for all twenty teams with every game having some sort of impact on the playoff picture across Major League Soccer.  Our Burgundy Boys take on one of the class teams in Major League Soccer with the visiting LA Galaxy making a return to Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  I am sure it is not lost on anyone how the last home match to the Galaxy ended, a 4-3 come from behind win for LA.

Off This Week: None

Saturday, August 1

New York City FC vs Montreal Impact--Yankee Stadium--12:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Assuming that NYCFC can get all of their pieces and healthy, this team really had the chance to make some noise going forward.  Montreal is certainly playing good football right now, but NYCFC has learned how to play on the tiny confines of Yankee Stadium.  Call this a win for NYCFC.

D.C. United vs Real Salt Lake--RFK Stadium--5:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

RSL is traveling across the country to play a DCU team with one Alvaro Sabario would will be looking to show RSL that they made a mistake.  This is a DC victory.

Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls--PPL Park--5:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

The Union, for as poorly as they started, are still in the hunt for a playoff berth, but the Metros are the better team in this one and I expect them to claim a road victory.

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

This is a tough one to call for me.  If TFC is full health, this is a victory for Toronto.  But the reality is that they are not and going to play at Gillette is a tough ask for any team.  New England is undefeated in two and playing well enough to get the win.

Orlando City vs Columbus Crew SC--The Citrus Bowl--5:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

This is one of the more fun match-ups of the weekend and both clubs will have something to prove in this one.  I like the Crew to grab a road win in Orlando.

Sporting Kansas City vs Houston Dynamo--Sporting Park--6:30 PM MDT (MLS Live)

Sporting is a very good team and Houston is truly up and down this season where they seem to alternate between positive results and losses.  Going to Sporting Park is tough on any team and this will be tough for the Dynamo and they will lose this one.

Colorado Rapids vs LA Galaxy--Dick's Sporting Goods Park--7:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)

A massive game for the Rapids and it will be another barometer and will allow us to see where the team is at going into the 14 games of the year.  The Rapids win in a mild upset.

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

A Cascadia matchup and for Seattle this is a crucial game for them.  Seattle has to win this game, no questions asked.  And they will.

Sunday, August 2

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

This is a very critical matchup for both teams with both the Quakes and the Timbers struggling in a major way.  I think Portland will pull off the upset in this one as they have better quality on the pitch, and the Quakes gonna Quakes.

Chicago Fire vs FC Dallas--Toyota Park--5:00 PM MDT (Fox Sports 1)

LOL.  FCD in a romp.