MLS fans will get a chance to see the beginning of the Landon Donovan farewell tour, as the Galaxy take on San Jose on NBCSN on Friday night.
|Friday, August 8
|10:30||LA Galaxy||-||San Jose Earthquakes||NBCSN|
|Saturday, August 9
|7:00||Philadelphia Union||-||Montreal Impact||MLS Live
|7:30||Columbus Crew||-||Toronto FC||MLS Live/TSN
|9:00||FC Dallas||-||Colorado Rapids||MLS Live
||Real Salt Lake
||-||D.C. United||MLS Live
||-||Chivas USA||MLS Live
|Sunday, August 10
|8:00||Chicago Fire||-||New York Red Bulls||Univision Deportes|
||-||Sporting Kansas City
|10:30||Seattle Sounders FC
All times p.m. ET
LA Galaxy - San Jose Earthquakes
The California Clasico got that much more interesting on Thursday, when Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan announced he will retire at the end of the season. Friday’s match at StubHub Center will mark the beginning of the final chances fans will get to see the legend in action.
Both teams enter the match in good form, with the Quakes winning back-to-back games and the Galaxy winning four of five. Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane have led the way for LA, combining for 10 goals in the Galaxy’s last five games.
Philadelphia Union - Montreal Impact
Algerian World Cup goalkeeper Rais M'bolhi could make his MLS debut as Philadelphia (5-8-9, 24 pts) looks to bolster its playoff credentials against the struggling Montreal Impact (3-13-5).
The Canadian side actually won the previous meeting between these two - 1-0 thanks to a Felipe Martins goal on April 26 - but it's been an otherwise disappointing season for the Impact, and they enter this match on a six-game losing streak. What's more, defender Hassoun Camara is suspended thanks to yellow-card accumulation.
Columbus Crew - Toronto FC
Toronto FC (8-7-5, 29 points) is aiming to continue its recent recovery with a win against Trillium Cup rival Columbus Crew (6-9-7, 27 points).
The Reds ended a four-match winless streak with a 2-0 win over Montreal on Saturday, but are well-positioned in the Eastern Conference, holding third place with two games in hand over the four teams beneath them. One is which is Columbus, in the much more precarious position of fifth, one point ahead of New England.
FC Dallas - Colorado Rapids
The Western Conference playoff race is getting tight, and plenty of teams will be satisfied just knowing one of these two has to drop points.
Dallas (9-7-6, 33 pts) is currently three points and one place ahead of Colorado (8-8-6, 30 points), and in much better form. The Hoops are undefeated in their last seven games, with four wins, while the Rapids have lost their last two matches.
Real Salt Lake - D.C. United
United returns to the site of its unlikely U.S. Open Cup triumph last fall for a match carrying major Supporters' Shield implications, with D.C. sitting two points behind first-place Sporting Kansas City and Salt Lake just three points back.
The visitors will be without suspended midfielder Perry Kitchen, but they are expected to get striker Fabian Espindola back in some capacity after a six-game injury absence. RSL, meanwhile, will be without suspended defenders Tony Beltran, Chris Wingert and Aaron Maund.
Portland Timbers - Chivas USA
After his assist helped the MLS squad defeat Bayern Munich in Wednesday's All-Star game, Chivas striker Erick Torres will return to being the opposition at Providence Park as his side visits the Timbers.
Chivas, which could be without center back Carlos Bocanegra (concussion), has lost three straight matches since reeling off a four-game winning streak. Portland currently sits three points out of the final Western Conference playoff slot, while last-place Chivas is seven points back.
Chicago Fire - New York Red Bulls
The Chicago Fire (3-5-13) will try to do what almost no team has been able to do in recent months: stop Bradley Wright-Phillips. The striker for the New York Red Bulls (6-6-10, 28 pts) leads the Golden Boot race and has scored seven goals in his last seven games, with only Real Salt Lake managing to keep him out. He even scored against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, netting the equalizer in a 2-1 win for the MLS All-Stars.
Chicago doesn't have a single reliable goalscorer to lean on this season, like it did in 2013 with Mike Magee's hot year, but rather has a trio of forwards. Magee, Quincy Amarikwa and rookie Harry Shipp have each scored six goals so far this season.
Vancouver Whitecaps - Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City will look to tie the MLS record for consecutive road wins in the non-shootout era when it travels to Vancouver on Sunday evening. Peter Vermes’ men have won five away games in a row and will look to tie San Jose’s mark of six set in the 2005 season.
Sporting KC (11-5-6, 39 points) currently tops the Supporters' Shield standings and is unbeaten in eight games overall. Vancouver (6-4-11, 29 points) is sixth in the Western Conference and one point outside playoff position.
Seattle Sounders FC - Houston Dynamo
Following a brilliant start to the season, the Seattle Sounders (12-6-2, 38 pts) now find themselves in the unfamiliar position of having lost two games in a row, and now tail Sporting Kansas City in the Supporters' Shield race by a point (although Seattle holds two game in hand).
If there was ever a time to play the Sounders, right now won't be the worst for the Houston Dynamo (6-11-4). In addition to Seattle's difficulties, Houston tasted victory for the first time since May with a win over D.C. United on Sunday.