MLS is back in action tonight with a slew of midweek games that will help shape this year’s playoff race. Two big ones are in store for FC Dallas tonight and tomorrow as they will do some scoreboard watching with conference rivals in play.
FC Dallas returns to action on Sunday when they host the Seattle Sounders. Their Supporters’ Shield lead is down to two points at the moment with the Colorado Rapids having one game-in-hand at the moment.
Seattle Sounders vs Houston Dynamo
9:30 pm CT - MLS Live
The first game of the week kicks off tonight as the Dynamo square off against the Sounders. Seattle looks to lock up a playoff berth with a win in this game.
Seattle will be without Brad Evans tonight while the Dynamo will be lacking Alex, both on yellow card accumulation.
This one is worth watching more so from a scouting perspective. Jordan Morris returned early from national team duty to be with his club for this one. He and the Sounders are riding a four-game winning streak - their longest since 2011.
One thing to keep an eye out for is a yellow card situation with Osvaldo Alonso. If he picks one up in this game tonight he will be suspended for Sunday’s game in Frisco.
Houston is now playing for pride as they were eliminated last weekend in a 3-2 loss to Colorado. Mauro Manotas remains the hot player for the Dynamo too as he scored two goals in the loss to the Rapids over the weekend.
What FCD needs: Not a ton other than for Seattle to likely keep winning and exhaust themselves in the process for Sunday’s game.
Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes
8:00 pm CT - MLS Live
The Rapids are currently unbeaten (10-0-5) at Dicks Sporting Goods Park this year with a whopping five goals given up. Thursday night they host a desperate San Jose squad.
This game is certainly intriguing for a number of reasons but one thing that has stood out to me is how Colorado has not beaten San Jose since 2011. The Quakes have a 14-game undefeated streak alive vs. the Rapids. The Rapids last defeated San Jose in the first meeting in the 2011 season; the Quakes have won seven of the 14 meetings since, with seven draws.
Would a draw be the worst thing? Not really but I’d be all for San Jose spoiling things tonight. They are after all playing for their season tonight. Stranger things have happened in this league.
What FCD needs: A Colorado loss is definitely the most obvious but we could settle for them dropping points at home in the form of a draw.