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MLS Viewing Guide, Week 28

Just a handful of games left for playoff hopefuls in Major League Soccer. Who will take a big step forward this weekend?

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids take to the field two times this week as they try and continue their climb back into playoff relevance with a tricky road test and an even tougher home contest.  Will they be within a point of sixth by the end of the MLS weekend?  Possibly.  I guess that's why they play the games.

Off this Week: None

Wednesday, September 9

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids--8:00 PM MDT--BC Place (Altitude Sports)

I have made mention that both of these teams will be missing players for this one but there should not be a lack of desire or effort by either team.  The Caps can take the lead in the Supporters Shield race with a victory and the Rapids could pull (at least temporarily) within four points of the playoffs with a win.  Ultimately though, I think this one ends in a draw.

Portland Timbers vs Sporting Kansas City--8:30 PM MDT--Providence Park (MLS Live)

Both teams will feel hard done by their previous results and think they will have what it takes in this match to get all three points.  And one of these teams could be below the red line after this weekend.  I don't necessarily think that both of these teams do not make the playoffs, but this is a critical game for both.  Portland wins.

Friday, September 11

New York Red Bulls vs Chicago Fire--5:00 PM MDT--Red Bull Arena (UniMas)

A win and the Red Bulls would be top of the East.  A win and the Fire would be within one point of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.  I predicted a couple of weeks ago that NY would beat Chicago in Chicago and they did not.  No such luck for the Fire in this one.  NYRB win.

Saturday, September 12

Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew SC--5:00 PM MDT--PPL Park (MLS Live)

The Crew are sure a curious team.  They seem to struggle in some games when they should not and then play masterful soccer in other games.  The Union had a massive win at San Jose last weekend and a win would (at least temporarily) put them above the red line.  The Union will ride Conor Casey and that beautiful bald head to a win.

Houston Dynamo vs Real Salt Lake--6:30 PM MDT--BBVA Compass Stadium  (MLS Live)

A must win for both clubs and as a Rapids fan I really want a tie.  And despite me wanting a tie out of this one I think that Houston will have just too much for RSL and will grab the win.

FC Dallas vs New York City FC--6:30 PM MDT--Toyota Stadium (MLS Live)

NYCFC has played one more game then FC Dallas and still has six fewer wins then the Hoops.  To say that there is a gulf in class is an understatement.  Dallas wins this one.

Colorado Rapids vs D.C. United--7:00 PM MDT--Dick's Sporting Goods Park (Altitude Sports)

The Rapids have their only home game this month against DCU on Saturday and this one they will need to take all three points from.  I am picking the Rapids to win, but I would not be surprised by any result.

LA Galaxy vs Montreal Impact--8:30 PM MDT--Stubhub Center (MLS Live)

Yeah, I am sure that the Impact will be riding high after beating a quality side like the Fire at home, but I see no way that Montreal gets a result in this one.  Win for the Galaxy

San Jose Earthquakes vs Seattle Sounders--8:30 PM MDT--Avaya Stadium (MLS Live)

Oh, San Jose.  You had the world at your finger tips and then it got headed away from you.  And while you are just a few points out of a spot, I just do not see you knocking off the Sounders.  Seattle win

Sunday, September 13

Toronto FC vs New England Revolution--3:00 PM MDT--BMO Field (ESPN2)

The Revs are on quite the run and Toronto cannot play defense.  This could be some excellent soccer on Sunday but if Toronto is serious about a playoff berth, these are games they need to win.  TFC will squeak out a victory.

Orlando City vs Sporting Kansas City--5:00 PM MDT--The Citrus Bowl (Fox Sports 1)

The Lions of Orlando City are a big mess and SKC will be in need of a big time win.  They will get it on national TV against the Lions who are circling the drain.