A full weekend (and then some) of Major League Soccer action is upon us as the Rapids travel to land of Hockey and Maple Syrup to take on Toronto FC as the Rapids season winds to a close. There is not much more to play for if you support the Burgundy Boys, but it is important as the Rapids look towards 2016.
Off This Week: None
Wednesday, September 16
This matchup is one of the reasons I enjoy MLS. Both of these teams have spent wildly over the last two years and have had different results. Yes, TFC is in the playoff race, but they seem to be underperforming because of a terrible defense and inconsistent goalkeeping. NYCFC is a club that has spent lavishly on certain parts of their team, but have suffered in the areas that they have not. Great stuff. This one is a draw
Eastern Conference Finals preview? Probably so and this one should be fun. It ends in a draw.
Montreal continues its west coast swing after an impressive draw in Carson last weekend. San Jose needs this one to have a shot at the playoffs and I think they deliver a close victory to keep those playoff dreams alive.
Friday, September 18
What in the world is going on in Kansas? They have hit a miserable patch of form and just can't seem to get any luck going. FCD is a good team led by Oscar Pareja but this feels like the game where the Rapids get on track and grab a W.
Saturday, September 19
Toronto FC vs Colorado Rapids--BMO Field--12:00 PM MDT (Altitude Sports)
The Rapids get the early game on Saturday and they might get some benefit from this. TFC plays on Wednesday night in New York and if the Rapids can get to Canada fresh and ready to go, they have a chance of stealing a point. But it will not happen and TFC wins this one easily.
New York City FC vs San Jose Earthquakes--Yankee Stadium--5:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)
So the MLS schedule makers have not done the Quakes any favors: a late night Wednesday game in San Jose and then fly across the country to play at Yankee Stadium Saturday night. But for some reason I think the Quakes are going to be up for this one and win this match.
These are two teams that appear to be going in different directions, but they both will be in the playoffs at the end of the year and this should be a good match featuring two quality teams. I am going to go with the home team in this one but barely. DC with the win.
Another game with playoff implications all over it. Something is certainly off in Seattle right now, and despite their recent uptick in form, nothing is really that impressive about them. Vancouver is a good, young, fast team that can give the best of MLS fits and that will translate into a win for the Caps.
Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution--Stade Saputo--6:00 PM MDT (MLS Live)
Montreal is coming back home to face the Revs--two teams that could face each other in the playoffs--in what is a short week for both clubs. I like the Impact in this match as they will be at home and will want to show that they have what it takes to make the playoffs.
Ugh, this is not going to be fun to watch as both of these clubs have a lot of bad in them. Chicago is incredibly unlucky and OCSC seems to win a few and then lose a few. Ultimately this comes down to form and OCSC is slightly better so I am going to go with a mild upset in this one. Lions win.
The evening game should be a great one. LA struggles on the road (except in Colorado it seems) and will find life difficult at RSL. But LA is better than RSL and they need to start picking up points on the road and will win this one in shockingly easy fashion.
Sunday, September 20
Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls--Providence Park--3:00 PM MDT (ESPN)
Another cross country adventure for an MLS team as the Metros head west to play in Portland. It's a short week for NYRB and Portland will be rested, but I like the Red Bulls to grab a win and continue their magical season.
This is a game that MLS probably had higher hopes for when it was announced as a National TV game. But alas they get a game of dreadful performances, but one where Houston should win this one as they look to get back into playoff consideration.