As the rivalry week in MLS heats up here, I’ve felt it was time to break down each week’s slate of games in a quick format to show you who we should be rooting for outside of our own FC Dallas’ game.
This week’s games already got underway last night but we have one tonight, two, six on Saturday and three on Sunday (including ours against the Houston Dynamo).
Sporting KC vs Minnesota United
The two ‘rivals’ meet at Children’s Mercy Park tonight in what could be a make-or-break type game for SKC’s playoff hopes. Peter Vermes’ club is six points back of a playoff spot with eight games to go on the season. Maybe it is early to call it on them but they’ve struggled so bad this season with injuries and poor performances that not getting a win here could be enough to call it. For the Loons, it is all about finding points on the road and trying to find some distance between them and the LA Galaxy, RSL and Seattle.
What we’re rooting for: A draw...split it down the middle for Team Chaos.
The South’s big rivalry game could be intriguing considering the fact that Atlanta could be resting key players for their game next week against Minnesota in the US Open Cup final (yep, forgot to mention that one above, my bad). Orlando is on decent form as of late and are in the thick of things in the East. Give me some craziness in this one folks.
What we’re rooting for: A Tesho Akindele goal and maybe a red card or two. Add some fuel to this rivalry, please.
The Friday night cap ends with a Cascadia Cup match in Portland. Three points separate these two sides right now in the standings. Portland still has a ton of home games left on their slate and this might be the toughest left for them. A win here finally puts them in the conversation for a potential home field spot in the playoffs, but anything outside of a win could continue to add to the chaos in the West.
What we’re rooting for: Chaos. Give it to me with a draw, some red cards and maybe a nice goal or two.
I know folks are hot on NYCFC these days as an underdog of shorts in the East, but I still don’t buy it for some reason (gut feeling, nothing more). The Red Bulls on the other hand got a nice win in DC last night and could really help their playoff chances with back-to-back rivalry wins this week.
What we’re rooting for: Give me the Red Bulls in a close one.
The Revs got hot under Bruce Arena but now they’ve gone a tad cold again. Chicago is possible the most puzzling team to me in all of MLS. Neither really look like a playoff team to me so let’s just hope for something entertaining on Saturday night.
What we’re rooting for: Give me another Dax McCarty goal, please and thank you. Or a draw. I really don’t care.
The Union continue to hang on there near the top of the Eastern Conference and now will host a Wayne Rooney-less DCU side. This feels like a game that the Union bounce back in and get a result.
What we’re rooting for: I suppose a Philly win. Eastern Conference games like this really don’t matter at this point to us.
So Montreal fires their coach after the wild 3-3 draw with FCD last weekend and hires a guy that got fired from Houston two weeks ago? Weird. Never change Montreal, never change.
What we’re rooting for: Give me TFC
I still view the Rocky Mountain Cup as one of the more underrated rivalries in MLS. Its always solid, even if the teams are not. I still don’t buy what RSL is doing these days and think they’ll eventually come back to reality, which is a borderline playoff team. Colorado could actually bring that out of them.
What we’re rooting for: Really a Colorado win, but a draw would be fine too
I think the Quakes are finally starting to come back to reality here a bit after their strong summer. And we need them to here to be perfectly honest. Vancouver feels like they’re super close to elimination from playoff contention here but a win could boost them a bit here as well.
What we’re rooting for: A Caps win would be huge
FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew
Hell is Real round two, huh? Just give me some drama folks, that is all I want out of this one.
What we’re rooting for: A Victor Ulloa goal and a Cincy win
FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo
I shouldn’t have to tell you what we’re rooting for in this one. It’s FCD vs Houston. Texas Derby. Enough said.
LAFC vs LA Galaxy
Okay, the big one on the weekend is really this one. The Galaxy have had their cross-town rivals number so far in MLS but seeing how Carlos Vela played last night, it feels like this one could be the game that turns the tide in that series.
What we’re rooting for: Another LAFC win, just to keep the Galaxy from pulling away from us any more in the standings