MLS Week 27 Preview: Atlantic Cup, more

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by RYAN BRISTER

Welcome to the stretch run!

With international duty out of the way, MLS teams are focusing on their playoff positions, hoping to jostle their way into a postseason spot.

Here is a rundown of this week’s encounters:

Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City SC, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Montreal hosts Orlando in the week’s first game. It’s the first of two tough away matches this week for OCSC, as they try to claim the final playoff spot in the East. The Impact scored first but lost when they traveled to Orlando earlier this year.

Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy, Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.

It’s potentially a playoff preview when Salt Lake hosts LA. RSL will remember well the 5-2 beatdown they received in SoCal back in April. The Galaxy can leapfrog RSL and move into second place with a win, but it won’t be easy. They will be without Robbie Keane, who was in Ireland last week. Steven Gerrard and Jelle Van Damme are also out, due to injury.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo, Friday at 8 p.m. on Unimas

Kansas City plays host to Houston and the Unimas game of the week. These teams have played twice already this season, and both times Houston came out with the win. SKC will want three points, but they’ll end the week in fifth place regardless of what happens.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, Saturday at 6 p.m.

Columbus and Vancouver kick off the Saturday slate. If either of these teams is going to make a playoff push, three points here feels like a must. The Whitecaps are currently in a tailspin, having lost six out of their last seven games. Crew SC hasn’t fared all that much better.

Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact, Saturday at 7 p.m. 

As things stand, Philadelphia hosting Montreal would be a knockout round match in the East. They play for regular season stakes on Saturday night. The Impact could be level on points with the Union by the time this game kicks off. In two games in Montreal this year, the Impact had a 5-1 win and a 1-1 draw.

New England Revolution vs. New York City FC, Saturday at 8 p.m.

New England hosts NYCFC in an important game for both sides. The Revs are fighting for survival in the playoff race, but City is embroiled in a tough race of their own. The top three in the East are separated by just a single point right now.

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Chicago and Toronto play twice down the stretch; this is their first meeting. TFC is without Sebastian Giovinco due to injury, which makes this trip just that little bit more difficult. Philly found out the hard way that the Fire can still pack a punch despite being in ninth.

FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids, Saturday at 9 p.m.

Two of the league’s best teams will face off in a key match in the Supporters’ Shield race. Previous meetings this season have ended tied after 90 minutes; Dallas won in the U.S. Open Cup in extra time. Oscar Pareja will have to balance this match with the Open Cup final, which is being played next Wednesday. Colorado begins the week nine points back of Dallas, but with two games in hand.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake, Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Portland will try to hold their ground in the West with a game against Salt Lake. The last time RSL was in Portland, they blew a two-goal lead and finished the match with just nine men. They’ll know a lot more about where they stand by the time this week is through.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders, Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Should Portland drop points, San Jose and Seattle will both be looking to close the gap. The Earthquakes and Sounders face each other at the same time on Saturday night. Hiccups of late have slowed their respective playoff charges, but this remains an important game for both sides.

New York Red Bulls vs. DC United, Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN

For the third time this year, but perhaps not the last, New York will play DC. The Red Bulls may still be feeling the sting of having blown a 2-0 lead against United just a few weeks back. RBNY would have to win this game by two goals in order to win the season series and retain the Atlantic Cup.

LA Galaxy vs. Orlando City SC, Sunday at 7 p.m. on FS1

Orlando goes across the continent to LA to wrap up the week. Both teams have midweek travel, but the task is significantly harder for the visitors here. That’s not considering the fact that the Galaxy are unbeaten at home this season.


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  • Eric B

    This is COSMO COUNTRY

    • slowleftarm

      “Cosmo Country” must have a pretty low population given the attendance figures we see out in Hempstead at the lacrosse field.

      • Eric B

        THIS IS COSMO COUNTRY !!!!!

        • slowleftarm

          Are they even the most popular team in Hempstead? Probably not.

          • Larry\’s A Simpleton

            you have to cut eric some slack. they just taught him how to spell THIS IS COSMOS COUNTRY and he needs the practice.

            #COSMOS=DEADTEAMWALKING

      • Anthony

        you should talk you guys play in a TINCAN that’s just about half full for every game.

        • slowleftarm

          It’s actually the finest SSS in the country and it’s far more than half full. However, even half full would be about 4 times what the Cosmos usually get. Have to love a guy whose team is a tenant at a college lacrosse field talking about RBA. Hilarious.

          • Troy

            Yea right and ZERO championships in 20 years yea you wanna to talk about that ? lets talk tough guy.

            • slowleftarm

              Two supporters shields in three years. Playing CCL football (which is the Cosmos’ stated goal). Let’s talk about that.

              • Red Bull Figher

                and no championships we have to be honest here slow.


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