MLS Week 13 preview, TV schedule

An unexpected clash of first-place teams headlines the Week 13 slate as the Colorado Rapids host the Philadelphia Union.
Friday, May 27
7:00   Sporting Kansas City - D.C. United UniMas
Saturday, May 28
6:00   Vancouver Whitecaps - Houston Dynamo RDS/MLS Live
7:00   New York Red Bulls - Toronto FC MLS Live
7:30   Columbus Crew - Real Salt Lake MLS Live
7:30   New England Revolution - Seattle Sounders MLS Live
8:00   Montreal Impact - LA Galaxy MLS Live
8:30   Chicago Fire - Portland Timbers MLS Live
9:00   Colorado Rapids - Philadelphia Union MLS Live
10:30   San Jose Earthquakes - FC Dallas MLS Live
Sunday, May 29
4:30   New York City FC - Orlando City ESPN/MLS Live

All times p.m. ET

Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United: Sporting KC has fallen on hard times, going 1-6-2 in its past nine matches. Peter Vermes' side will need to win with a shorthanded roster if it wants to get back on track, with Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Soni Mustivar on international duty while Roger Espinoza is suspended. United, meanwhile, is missing Copa America call-ups Steve Birnbaum and Alvaro Saborio, but goalkeeper Bill Hamid is poised to make his first start since January knee surgery.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo: The Dynamo return to the field for the first time since the exit of coach Owen Coyle, with Houston sitting last in the West. Losing Giles Barnes to international duty is a tough blow for the Dynamo, but the Whitecaps have been hit harder, with Kendall Waston, Christian Bolanos and Blas Perez sitting out this contest.

New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC: New York will be riding high after last weekend's 7-0 shellacking of rival NYCFC, but they'll be wary of a TFC team that triumphed at Red Bull Arena on opening day. Toronto may be missing Michael Bradley (international duty) and Jozy Atlidore (hamstring), but Sebastian Giovinco's Italy snub means he's New York's problem Saturday. The Red Bulls have escaped the international window relatively unscathed, with struggling left back Kemar Lawrence the only absence.

Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake: The Crew will want a full three points out of this one after playing to three straight draws. They'll have to get by a seriously depleted back line, however, with Gaston Sauro sidelined long term by a torn PCL, Tyson Wahl dealing with concussion symptoms and Harrison Afful on international duty. RSL, on the other hand, will be without U.S. call-up Kyle Beckerman to anchor the midfield.

New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders: Both teams enter the weekend after defeats, with the Revs FC Dallas last weekend while the Sounders have dropped two straight. Defender Jose Goncalves is questionable while Juan Agudelo remains out. Forward Oalex Anderson's hamstring) will keep him out while Chad Marshall is questionable. Clint Dempsey is away on international duty.

Montreal Impact vs. LA Galaxy: The Galaxy enter undefeated in nine straight, though they’ve drawn three of their last four. LA will also be without international call-ups Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes and Baggio Husidic. The Impact are winless in six straight and will be without Didier Drogba for the contest with a hip injury. They’ll also be missing Laurent Ciman, Ambroise Oyongo and Johan Venegas because of international call-ups.

Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers: Chicago snapped a six-game winless streak against Houston last weekend. It was much needed, but the Fire remain bottom of the league with just 10 points. Meanwhile, the Timbers also won last weekend, snapping a three-game losing streak. The Fire will be near full strength, while the Timbers will be without Darlington Nagbe and Jermaine Taylor due to international call-ups, and may be missing Fanendo Adi (hamstring) as well.

Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union: It’s the top of the East against the top of the West as the Union visit the Rapids. Philadelphia enters undefeated in six games, though only two of those matches ended in victories. The Rapids are undefeated in eight straight, with wins in six of those contests. The Rapids will be without three key players due to international call-ups: Jermaine Jones, Kevin Doyle and Shkelzen Gashi. The Union will only be without one player because of international duty, but it’s a big one in goalkeeper Andre Blake.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas: It will be the second meeting of the season for these two teams, after they drew 2-2 in Frisco, Texas, in April. San Jose has been hard hit by Copa call-ups and will be missing Chris Wondolowski, Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy and Alberto Quintero. FC Dallas is in a little better shape, losing just Carlos Gruezo and Maynor Figueroa, who was called in for Honduras' friendly against Argentina, though Michael Barrios is out injured. Dallas has won three straight and has vaulted up to second in the West.

New York City FC vs. Orlando City: Orlando hasn’t been great this season but is in sixth place thanks to the struggles of nearly all the teams in the Eastern Conference. They’ll face a second-place NYCFC team looking to put an embarrassing 7-0 derby defeat to the Red Bulls behind. But NYCFC is at Yankee Stadium, where the club has just one win in seven matches this year — including a 1-0 loss to Orlando City. NYCFC will be without Mikey Lopez due to yellow card accumulation and left back Ronald Matarrita to the Copa America.

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