MLS Week 20 preview, TV schedule

The weekend slate ends with a marquee Western Conference matchup between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders.

Friday, July 25
9:30 Colorado Rapids
- Chivas USA
MLS Live
Saturday, July 26
7:00 Toronto FC
- Sporting Kansas City
MLS Live
7:30 New England Revolution
- Columbus Crew
MLS Live
Sunday, July 27
5:00 Vancouver Whitecaps
- FC Dallas
MLS Live
8:00 Montreal Impact
- Portland Timbers
MLS Live
Monday, July 28
10:00 Seattle Sounders
- LA Galaxy

All times p.m. ET

Colorado Rapids - Chivas USA

The weekend schedule kicks off with a match carrying Western Conference playoff implications, as the fifth-place Rapids look to fend off surging Chivas. While the Goats suffered a 3-1 loss at D.C. United last weekend, they are still 4-1-1 in their past six.

The Rapids, who remain without midfielder Jose Mari (ankle) and forward Edson Buddle (groin), will be keen on snapping Chivas striker Erick Torres' six-game scoring streak. The All-Star is tied for second in MLS with 14 goals.

Toronto FC - Sporting Kansas City

Sitting atop the Eastern Conference, Sporting KC has a nine-point lead on third-place Toronto. But considering that TFC has three games in hand, the Canadian side very much remains in contention for the conference's top seed — especially if it secures three points Saturday.

At 5-0-1 in its past six games, Kansas City will be tough to beat. Making matters more difficult for Toronto will be the absence of suspended striker Jermain Defoe, as well as injury absentees Steven Caldwell (quad), Mark Bloom (knee) and Jackson (hamstring).

New England Revolution - Columbus Crew

Both clubs enter Saturday's meeting desperately in need of a win, with New England mired in a seven-game losing streak and Columbus enjoying just one victory since May ended. To make matters more interesting, the teams find themselves tied for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

The match will feature an intriguing battle in the middle, as 21-year-old Crew holding midfielder Wil Trapp will likely be tasked with holding Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen in check.

Vancouver Whitecaps - FC Dallas

FC Dallas looks to build on its eight-game unbeaten streak when it heads north of the border to face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday. The home side has drawn two straight to sit in sixth place in the Western Conference. 

The Hoops will be without dynamic winger Fabian Castillo, who is suspended. Despite a lengthy injury list, FCD has managed to still put together its best stretch of the season to claim second place in the Western Conference. Vancouver will be looking to win one for recently-retired captain Jay DeMerit.

Montreal Impact - Portland Timbers

A match against the team with the worst record in Major League Soccer presents a great opportunity for the Timbers to win two games in a row and kick off the run they really need to have any hope of making the playoffs.

Although Portland has the worst defense in the Western Conference, the Impact, with the worst attacking output in MLS, haven't show they'd be able to capitalize on it. DP defender Liam Ridgewell should bolster the Portland back line; the Timbers won 2-1 in his debut last week.

Seattle Sounders - LA Galaxy

LA lost its eight-game unbeaten streak in a loss to Sporting Kansas City, but the Galaxy are getting hot at the right time, and they'll want to beat the upstart Sounders side that has laid claim to the "biggest club in MLS" crown that has long resided in Carson. The Sounders are running away with the Supporters' Shield at a brisk clip of 2.11 points per game, have won four of their last five, and have been beaten just twice since March.

The Seattle defense will be put under pressure by the good form of LA's strikers. Gyasi Zardes has five goals in his last six games, and Robbie Keane has three goals and three assists in his last five.

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