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MLS Viewing Guide, Round One

You have about 10 1/2 hours of MLS Action to sink your teeth into on Sunday

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The regular season is finally here and all of the questions and debate about the preseason can end.  For the Colorado Rapids it means a trip to Avaya Stadium in San Jose and an opportunity to kick off the season on the right boot.

Here is your MLS Viewing Guide, Round One:

Sunday, 6 March 2016

New York Red Bulls vs Toronto FC--11:30 AM MST--Red Bull Arena  (MLS LIVE)

The reigning Supporters Shield winners take on the team that many have pipped to win MLS Cup.  Can this finally be the year that Toronto does it?  Maybe.  But NYRB wins this one.

Orlando City vs Real Salt Lake--12:00 PM MST--The Citrus Bowl  (MLS LIVE)

Orlando had an interesting off-season with a fair amount of front office turnover.  Not sure that they are a better team than in 2015, but they will be a wiser team.  This one should be an easy win over a tired RSL side.

Chicago Fire vs New York City FC--12:00 PM MST--Toyota Park  (MLS LIVE)

The Fire are a trainwreck and I am just not sure what the plan is.  NYCFC has a ton to prove this season and they get it going on the right foot with a win on the road.

Houston Dynamo vs New England Revolution--1:00 PM MST--BBVA Compass Stadium  (MLS LIVE)

I do not know about this one.  Houston, being the home team "should" win, but this feels an awful lot like a draw.

San Jose Earthquakes vs Colorado Rapids--1:00 PM MST--Avaya Stadium  (Altitude 2)

The Quakes and Rapids do not play a whole lot of attractive and beautiful soccer, but I think this one might feature more goals than the norm.  And....a shock Rapids win.

FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Union--1:00 PM MST--Toyota Stadium  (MLS LIVE)

Thanks for flying down Union.  Enjoy the loss and the trip home.

Portland Timbers vs Columbus Crew SC--2:30 PM MST--Providence Park  (ESPN)

The Timbers will be raising the Cup in this one and it will be an emotionally charged atmosphere.  The Crew will feel like they could have won in December, but ultimately this is Portland's day and it should be a win for the defending champions.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Montreal Impact--3:30 PM MST--BC Place  (MLS LIVE)

Montreal feels like the team most likely to regress in 2016 and it starts with a whupping at the hands of the Whitecaps.

Seattle Sounders vs Sporting Kansas City--5:00 PM MST--Century Link Field  (Fox Sports 1)

Seattle will be stinging from getting embarrassed in CCL and Sporting will look to get off on the right foot.  Call this one a tie.

LA Galaxy vs D.C. United--8:00 PM MST--StubHub Center  (UniMas)

The Galaxy were not alone in getting run out of CCL, but their capitulation was more disturbing because they literally bought all of the big names.  DCU also got run out of CCL, but they did it with more of a whimper.  This game really could be ugly, but I think LA finds a way to win.