Four games will be on national television this weekend, highlighted by the Galaxy visiting Portland on NBC Saturday afternoon.
|Friday, August 1|
|8:00||Sporting Kansas City||-||Philadelphia Union||NBCSN|
|Saturday, August 2|
|2:30||LA Galaxy||-||Portland Timbers
|5:00||Montreal Impact||-||Toronto FC||MLS Live/TSN
|7:00||New York Red Bulls
||-||New England Revolution||MLS Live
||-||Real Salt Lake||MLS Live
|10:30||San Jose Earthquakes
|Sunday, August 3
||-||D.C. United||Univision Deportes|
All times p.m. ET
Sporting Kansas City - Philadelphia Union
The home side will have to play without Matt Besler, who is suspended after picking up a red card in the team’s win at Toronto FC last weekend. The Union (5-8-8, 23 points) have just one loss in 10 games across all competition and are three points back of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
LA Galaxy - Portland Timbers
Two teams coming off big road victories will meet up on Saturday on NBC, when the Portland Timbers (6-6-9, 27 points) visit the LA Galaxy (8-4-6, 30 points).
The Galaxy beat Seattle 3-0 in a huge statement game on Monday, while Portland got a massive 3-2 win at Montreal the day before. The Timbers have won consecutive games for only the second time this season as they look to climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture. The Galaxy, meanwhile, are rounding into form after a slow start, having won four of their last six league games.
Montreal Impact - Toronto FC
MLS' two Eastern Canadian teams come into this game with both in need of a win. Host Montreal (3-12-5, 14 pts) is effectively out of the playoff race with the league's worst record, but the Impact's current five-game losing streak is an especially dire run of form. Toronto (7-7-5, 26 pts) is in a much better position and currently occupies a playoff berth, but the Reds haven't won for four straight games, and a number of teams are closing in on their spot.
Although this is the first league meeting between TFC and Montreal in 2014, the two did contest the Canadian Championship final earlier this season. A first leg draw saw a 1-1 scoreline in Toronto before the Impact claimed the trophy with a 1-0 home win.
New York Red Bulls - New England Revolution
There’s a major logjam in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings, and two of the teams stuck in it meet on Saturday night when the New England Revolution (8-11-2, 26 pts) travel south to face the New York Red Bulls (5-6-10, 25 pts).
The Revs snapped an eight-game losing streak on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win against Colorado and in the process, vaulted to third place in the East. New York secured a 1-1 draw in Salt Lake on Wednesday and despite sitting in sixth place, the Red Bulls are just a point behind New England. This will be the second and final meeting between the clubs this season, with New York taking a 2-0 away win on June 8.
Chicago Fire - Columbus Crew
The Eastern Conference playoff race is as tight as ever, and this week the Columbus Crew (6-7-8, 26 pts) are on the right side of the red line, while Chicago (3-5-12, 21 points) are struggling to catch up.
The Crew jerked out of a disastrous middle-season run - one win out of 16 games and seven winless - with two straight wins over Montreal and New England, and have jumped up into the final Eastern playoff spot. Chicago has continued its shabby play and finds itself in eighth place - five off Columbus, although the Fire do have a game in hand.
Colorado Rapids - Real Salt Lake
The Rocky Mountain rivalry is always an exciting clash, but Western Conference playoff implications kick it up to an even higher notch this time. Second-place Real Salt Lake (8-4-9, 33 pts) is striving to stay ahead of the playoff scrap, while Colorado (8-7-6, 30 pts) is right in the middle of it.
Joao Plata has been clinical for the Claret-and-Cobalt in recent weeks, notching three goals and an assist in his last five games and leading the RSL scoring charts so far this season with nine. Colorado's biggest offensive counter, Deshorn Brown (seven goals in 2014) is listed as questionable.
San Jose Earthquakes - Seattle Sounders
The Seattle Sounders (12-5-2, 38 pts) were beaten pretty convincingly by the LA Galaxy, but the current MLS leader has yet to lose two games in a row yet this season. They face the San Jose Earthquakes (5-8-5, 20 pts), who ended five-game winless run that included four losses with a 5-1 thrashing of the Chicago Fire.
Seattle and San Jose have already played once this season. Obafemi Martins' 8th-minute goal was the only difference between the two teams as the Sounders picked up a 1-0 win on May 17.
Houston Dynamo - D.C. United
D.C. United (11-5-4, 37 points) heads to Houston on a major roll, with a chance to make some history. With a 3-0 win over Toronto FC on Wednesday night, United won its fourth consecutive match. If it wins against the Dynamo on Sunday, it will be DCU’s first ever win in Houston and the first time it has won four straight on the road in the post-shootout era.
The Dynamo (5-11-4, 19 points) are in desperate need of a win, but have brought in reinforcements since their last league game two weeks ago. U.S. international DaMarcus Beasley and Honduran international Luis Garrido have been added to the fray, and both are expected to make their debut against DCU.
Chivas USA - FC Dallas
FC Dallas (8-7-6, 30 pts) has corrected its April/May downturn with a six-game unbeaten run and will look to hold off the challenge of Chivas USA (6-9-5, 23 pts) for the last playoff spot.
The Hoops have been rocked with injury news in recent weeks as Hendry Thomas' season ended with ACL surgery, and a knee operation means George John won't even get to start his, but a 3-0-3 stretch will settle Toyota Stadium fears. Chivas is looking to prove that the four game winning streak that ended midway through July was no fluke after a pair of losses against D.C. and Colorado.