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What to Watch This Weekend: The Pessimist Returns

Trying to be optimistic is getting old when the team is struggling this badly.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports


That just sucked if we are being totally honest with each other. The 0-3 loss to Chicago Fire was fairly brutal and it kind of got rid of all of the goodwill that was sort of earned after last Saturday.

My boss asked, on Monday, how I was feeling after the 3-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes. I told him that I was pleased they won, but the real story would be told on Wednesday and Saturday as the Colorado Rapids embark on a two-game road trip.

So far, my pessimism was accurate and well-placed.

OK, that feels better.

Here is what I am watching this weekend:

Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union vs Colorado Rapids—Saturday, 5:00 PM MDT

I hate to be ‘that guy’ who always sees the darkness rather than the light, but this season has careened completely out of control and it is difficult to see where the Rapids carve out a victory in Chester, PA this weekend. The Union are on a roll and the Burgundy Boys are struggling in epic ways. And after this one, the schedule does not get more forgiving.

FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes—Saturday, 6:00 PM MDT

The Hoops are entering their tenth game this season and have yet to not get a result in any match this year. This remarkable run will need to come to an end at some point, but will it be at home to an Earthquakes squad that is up and down? Probably not.

Orlando City SC vs New York City FC—Sunday, 5:00 PM MDT

The Lions of Orlando have been one of the surprise teams of this 2017 Major League Soccer season and boasts a team that seems to be figuring it all out. Coupled with that a team who just lost to a terrible RSL side and this one has all the makings of a very enjoyable match on a Sunday afternoon.

English Premier League

Burnley FC vs West Ham United—Sunday, 8:00 AM MDT

I am going to make zero apologies for my excitement for this statement: my Clarets are staying up in the Premier League for the first time ever and I am CUSSING stoked for this. It is a massive achievement for such a small club and being a supporter of this wonderful team has never made me prouder. So much work still remains for Burnley to remain a viable team in the Prem, but I am damn happy and proud.

So a light weekend of footy for me (installing a new server at work), but what are you watching? Are you mourning the end of the Premier League season? Or are you going to see if Celtic keeps their undefeated run up? Let us know in the comments.