MLS is getting into the stretch run, and with about ten video games left, each recreation is vital. Let’s preview this week’s most attention-grabbing matchups.
New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew (Saturday, 7pm ET)
Clearly, it’s been a troublesome season for the reigning champion Crew. They’re all the way in which again in tenth within the Jap Convention, and with the opposite groups round them having video games in hand, it’s going to be robust for them to sneak into the playoffs. They escaped a midweek recreation in opposition to the Crimson Bulls during which they wanted two late targets, from Darlington Nagbe and Miguel Berry, to take three factors.
The Revolution are the other — they’ve gained almost each recreation they’ve performed since mid-July and sit comfortably atop the Supporters’ Defend race. They’ll have a few of their large weapons able to go, together with Tajon Buchanan and Adam Buksa, who have been on the bench final week. Carles Gil may come off the bench as he returns from a knock. Columbus are nonetheless coping with a lot of accidents to starters. The Revs are the favorites and may win this recreation at dwelling.
Prediction: Revs, 3-1
Minnesota United vs. LA Galaxy (Saturday, 8pm ET)
It was a tricky week for Minnesota, as they adopted a loss on the weekend to the Sounders with a 4-0 shellacking by the hands of Sporting KC. These two losses coupled with different outcomes have put them on the surface wanting in on the playoff race. Lacking the postseason fully could be a disastrous consequence for a group that was presupposed to contend this season.
Their subject has been the assault, which merely doesn’t have sufficient to persistently generate probabilities. They need to have Emanuel Reynoso, their prime attacker, again from damage, however that may not be sufficient. The Galaxy, alternatively, have Chicharito again, and now it’s a matter of turning attracts into wins. They’ve taken only a level from every of their previous three video games.
Prediction: Galaxy, 1-0
Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando Metropolis SC (Sunday, 4pm ET, ESPN)
Much like Minnesota, the Union all of the sudden discover themselves outdoors the purple line. They’re one level again of Atlanta United (with a recreation in hand) and wish to begin profitable video games, particularly with Atlanta and Inter Miami wanting promising in current video games. Philly took a tricky loss this weekend in opposition to Membership America within the Concacaf Champions League semifinal, falling 2-0 within the second leg and dropping 4-0 on mixture.
Orlando are doing higher, sitting a extra snug third-place, although they misplaced 3-0 final week to Atlanta after which 4-2 in midweek in opposition to Montreal, selecting up two purple playing cards (together with one to Nani) within the course of. They’ve Mauricio Pereira and Daryl Dike again, which is able to assist, however they’ll be lacking the suspended Nani and Andres Perea this weekend. They’re nonetheless ready to hit their stride — now’s the time.
Portland Timbers vs. LAFC (Sunday, 7:30pm ET FS1)
Portland performed a wild one in midweek, internet hosting the contending Rapids and scoring two second half targets (together with a stoppage time equalizer) regardless of taking place to 10 males within the first half. Having Sebastian Blanco again makes the Timbers instantaneous contenders. Blanco, who has solely began 5 video games this 12 months as he returns from a torn ACL, had a purpose and help in opposition to Colorado.
It’s been enjoyable to observe LAFC discover their offensive stride in current weeks. They’ve gained their final three video games after that entertaining 3-3 draw with the Galaxy, with the current arrival of Cristian Arango compensating for the departure of Diego Rossi, who was loaned to Fenerbahce. They give the impression of being incisive across the ultimate third, which may make this a high-scoring recreation.
Prediction: 3-2, Timbers
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