MLS Week 32 Preview: Just Three Games …

IMAGE, MONTREAL IMPACT SITE

by RYAN BRISTER

Perhaps the clamoring for Major League Soccer to heed international breaks has had an effect. The league has scheduled just three games (one of them a re-schedule) for week 32, freeing up its players for whatever big international matches they might have. Are there any of those this weekend? I haven’t heard.

New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Red Bulls continue their push towards the Supporters’ Shield with a third-straight home game against Eastern Conference opposition. The Montreal Impact are making up for the games that had to be rescheduled during their Champions League run in the spring. Despite their loss over the weekend, they remain on course to reach the playoffs.

The Red Bulls earned a draw in Montreal earlier this season, but that was before the arrival of Didier Drogba. The Impact are undefeated when Drogba plays, and he’s expected to be in the lineup tonight after not playing on the turf in Orlando.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas, Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.

Vancouver and Dallas meet for the first of back-to-back games between the sides atop the Western Conference. After the Whitecaps’ recent slips, Dallas has the inside track on winning the conference and perhaps even the Supporters’ Shield. Vancouver edged a 1-0 victory when they first met at BC Place in August. The two sides will play in Dallas next week.

Colorado Rapids vs. Montreal Impact, Saturday at 6 p.m.

Before the big U.S.-Mexico game on Saturday night, there is a single MLS match. Colorado-Montreal is unlikely to draw too many American eyes away from the Rose Bowl, but it offers an opportunity for the Impact to improve their playoff positioning.

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