MLS Week 22 preview, TV schedule

The New York Red Bulls travel across the country to take on the LA Galaxy in Sunday's late game.
Friday, Aug. 5
11:00   San Jose Earthquakes - New York Ciy FC UniMas
Saturday, Aug. 6
7:00   D.C. United - Philadelphia Union MLS Live
7:30   Toronto FC - New England Revolution MLS Live
7:30   Monteal Impact - Houston Dynamo MLS Live
9:00   Colorado Rapids - Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Live/TSN
10:00   Real Salt Lake - Chicago Fire MLS Live
Sunday, Aug. 7
4:00   Portland Timbers - Sporting Kansas City ESPN
7:00   Orlando City - Seattle Sounders FS1
9:30   LA Galaxy - New York Red Bulls FS1

All times p.m. ET.

San Jose Earthquakes vs New York City FC: New York City FC is holding on to the top spot in the Eastern Conference and will likely feel confident heading into a road match against a San Jose side that hasn't exactly been lighting it up. NYCFC will have to deal with the threat of Chris Wondolowski, who continues to prove his quality in front of goal, but San Jose has a worry of its own in the form of NYCFC's Frank Lampard, who has been on fire in recent weeks. 

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union: There will be plenty of excitement in Philly after the Union landed a couple of U.S. national team veterans this week, signing Alejandro Bedoya and making a last-minute trade for striker Charlie Davies. The Union are looking to make a late push for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and only trail NYCFC by six points with a game in hand. D.C. United is currently sitting just outside the playoff spots in the East but hasn't won a match since June 25. 

Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution: The Revolution did little to bolster their roster this summer and let Davies leave for Philadelphia Thursday. Toronto also basically held firm, turning down a large offer for star midfielder Michael Bradley. TFC has itself in good shape as the club heads for the closing run of the season, sitting second in the Eastern Conference while New England faces a little bit stiffer fight for the playoffs, with the team sitting level on points with seventh-place Orlando City. 

Montreal Impact vs. Houston Dynamo: The Impact must get by without suspended striker Didier Drogba, though a home game against a Houston team with one win since mid-May presents a rather forgiving matchup. Dominic Oduro or Matteo Mancosu could step in for the veteran, and midfielder Hernan Bernadello is a candidate to make his first start since returning to Montreal after scoring a late equalizer against D.C. United last weekend.

Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: The Rapids' 15-game unbeaten run came to an end in rather emphatic fashion last week as they dropped a 5-1 result against New York City FC. Colorado looks to get back on track against the Whitecaps, who could debut newly acquired midfielder-forward Giles Barnes. The Rapids will be without suspended midfielder Michael Azira but could have Sebastien Le Toux at their disposal after a deadline-day trade with Philadelphia.

Real Salt Lake vs. Chicago Fire: Having bolstered its attack with the acquisition of forwards David Arshakyan and Luis Solignac, a new-look Fire squad travels to face an RSL side mired in a 1-3-4 stretch. Salt Lake could be without forward Yura Movsisyan, who is dealing with a hip flexor strain. While Chicago possesses the worst record in MLS at 4-10-6, the club is just eight points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff slot with two games in hand — no impossible feat.

Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City: These teams probably recognize each other, having just played last week in Kansas City, with SKC walking away the 1-0 victor. Portland will no doubt hope the home field will turn things around. The Timbers welcomed a pair of defenders — Steven Taylor and Gbenga Arokoyo — to the team at the deadline. They’ll hope to have Liam Ridgewell back from injury as well. SKC remains banged up, with Matt Besler out and Graham Zusi questionable.

Orlando City vs. Seattle Sounders: The Jason Kreis era in Orlando kicked off with a win over the Revolution last week, and the team acquired Matias Perez Garcia in a trade with San Jose on the league’s deadline day. The Sounders also kicked off a new era last week, with Brian Schmetzer taking over for Sigi Schmid in a 1-1 draw the LA Galaxy. Sitting just a point away from last place in the Western Conference, Seattle needs to hope new signings Nicolas Lodeiro and Alvaro Fernandez can get the side going quickly. The Sounders also need their back line to slow down Kevin Molino, who has scored three goals in his past two games for Orlando City.

LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls: The Galaxy were finally “stopped” in a sense last week in Seattle. The Sounders held on for a 1-1 draw, the first time in four league games the Galaxy did not win. LA still is unbeaten in seven league games though, and has not lost at StubHub Center this year. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls have just one win on the road this season and will make the trip without Dax McCarty (tibial fracture). They did add Omer Damari from RB Leipzig as a designated player before the deadline, and Daniel Rover to potentially replace Lloyd Sam on the wing.

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