MLS: Week 13 talking points

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales.

A new week of Major League Soccer action is upon us and it promises to be a spectacle. All 19 teams will be competing for a chance to secure the best possible spot in each conference before the World Cup break.

Sporting Kansas City, Chivas USA and Portland Timbers can pick up a maximum of six points from two games. New England Revolution leads the Eastern Conference with 23 points, but if Kansas City can win both games and the Revolution loses its game against Montreal Impact, Kansas City will be in control of the conference.

There are several scenarios where teams can drop at least two spots if they fail to secure a victory, but there aren’t scenarios that top these scintillating topics.

Who will win the battle of leading goalscorer?

On Tuesday, the two leading goalscorers go head-to-head when Kansas City hosts New York Red Bulls. The match which will be aired on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET will place Dom Dwyer against Bradley Wright-Phillips in what could be a Game of the Year candidate.

Last season, Dwyer opened his MLS account in a 3-2 loss against the Red Bulls at Sporting Park. This season, the English forward has been on a tear, scoring 10 goals in 10 starts. That’s two more goals than the rest of his teammates combined.

Wright-Phillips has been a revelation this season, scoring 10 goals in nine starts. With Thierry Henry not playing at his best and Tim Cahill on international duty, the English forward has had to do most of the scoring. Against a weak defense and with his current form, the 29-year-old shouldn’t have any trouble finding the back of the net.

This week, Dwyer has two chances to extend his lead at the top of the goal scoring chart. His team will travel to the capital to face a rejuvenated D.C. United on the last day of the month.

Who will win the battle of the titans?

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake, I rest my case.

Even though both teams are without their star players, this is arguable the best match-up of the season. These two powerhouses stand alone at the top of a packed Western Conference.

Salt Lake can make history if the team doesn’t lose on Saturday. The successful club could extend its undefeated streak to 13 games, breaking 1996 LA Galaxy’s 12 game streak. The men in Claret and Cobalt could also knock Seattle off the top of the conference with a victory.

Coming off an entertaining Cascadia Cup match, the Sounders will take the fight to their rival. Sigi Schmid men have proven that they know how to win in tough situations and as long as Obafemi Martins is on the pitch, the men in rave green are terrifying.

Will impossible become possible?

They say in MLS even the best team can fall at the hands of the worst team. Montreal Impact fans will be praying that this saying is true as the Revolution make their way into town. The Impact sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, while their opponent is top of the challenging conference.

Montreal has been atrocious this season, winning one game out of 11. The Canadian team has only managed to score only nine goals this season, but has conceded 22 goals.  On Saturday, the Impact face a team that is currently on a five game winning streak, and has managed to put the ball in the back of the net 16 times in those five games.

If Montreal someone finds a way to defeat the Revolution, it would be the ideal motivator for the players and fans.

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