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Marquee Matchups: Pivotal Fifth Spot and Seattle Sounders Go For #1

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Who do you want to win? It's not hard to pick the necessary victors for this week's slate of games.


Fate has made it so picking the hopeful winners is easy.

Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire // Saturday 9:00 p.m. CDT, Century Link Field, NBC Sports Network

Chicago has some of the best pizza in the world. Seattle has the second highest concentration of hipsters per capita (or HPC, as used by the US Census). One is the most delicious food in the world, the other is the bane of modern culture. It's not easy to decide who to root for, though that East vs. West points thing does factor in. A bit.

Seattle is on quite a roll, and despite an ugly loss to Houston a few weeks ago, have bounced back quickly. They haven't really smashed anyone into bits, but winning six out of seven means it doesn't really matter. They're currently leading the charge for the Supporter's Shield, as they are tops in PPG in MLS. It's a bit misleading, as they have played three less games than RSL and who's to say they would win those three games? But PPG are PPG, and while their last victory was a turgid affair against mighty Chivas USA. they're still a major threat to any team.

Especially to a Chicago team that has been the very definition of average for the past five week. Not that there's anything wrong with average mind you. There are many Chicago fans who would rather be average than terrible, and with Lobring-gate slowly fading away all Fire eyes will be focused on the Clink. There isn't much to say about Chicago that isn't a truthful cliche. When they're on they can beat any team, and when they're poor they look like Chivas.

I know who we're all rooting for though.

Pizza > Hipsters, Chicago > Seattle, Shedd Aquarium > Seattle Aquarium

LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids // Saturday 9:30 p.m. CDT, StubHub Center, MLS Live

I don't know who needs to win this one. I would argue that Colorado needs to lose because on paper they are the biggest threat to FC Dallas. Keeping LA at the top somewhat removes them from being a serious threat to the Toros' playoff hopes. Colorado i

The Galaxy are going to be sans Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane or Omar Gonzalez for this one, and that's enough to really hurt them. That's pretty much their three DPs, and unlike other teams their DP's are actually pretty great players. With the Sounders stealing all the DP and PPG thunder, the Galaxy need to up their game to catch up, and playing at home is no guarantee of a win.

This is the game that I will break out the chips and dip for. Colorado plays to win, and LA has shown that even when they're trotting out training cones they can compete. With big implications for FCD, this is the match to watch if you must pick only one.

New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact. // Sunday 6:30 p.m. CDT, Gillette Stadium, MLS Live

The Revs have been fun to watch this season. Not necessarily for their play or style, though there's nothing particularly ugly about that. What has been exciting has been watching them turn from a laughingstock into a much more legitimate team. They're no longer a team that shares the basement with Toronto or DC, but one that is currently in a playoff spot. They had a bit of a stumble against TFC in a game where they didn't look so great, but going back to their cavernous stadium might help.

Montreal has been fun for the same reasons. Marco Schallibaum (the few times he isn't suspended) has made a big difference for a team that looked quite solid in its inaugural season. The Impact is tops in the east with two games in hand on the second place team, the New York Red Bulls. They've recovered from their slump and are fresh off of eating the Houston Dynamo's entire squad for dinner. Now that they have consumed the soul and acquired the powers of Boniek Garcia, they will be a tough team for the Revs to take down.