Looking to fill some soccer void after the World Cup ended, don’t worry MLS has you covered. There are 13 games scheduled in the 19th week of the 2014 season. League leader and arguably the most entertaining team MLS, Seattle Sounders, will sit out this week.
Four of the 13 matches will be televised on national TV. ESPN2 will air the Philadelphia Union versus New York Red Bulls on Wednesday and Sporting Kansas City versus LA Galaxy on Saturday. Colorado Rapids take on Darlington Nagbe and the Portland Timbers will be aired live on NBC Sports Network on Friday. And the final game of the week between DC United and Chivas USA can be seen on Univision Deportes Network.
Now that pretty much every player has returned to their respective club teams, fans can expect the games to be competed at a very high level. Each game should be filled with excitement and interesting talking points, but none better than these three.
Can the Galaxy extend its unbeaten streak?
LA is enjoying a three game unbeaten streak and Bruce Arena and his men have a chance to extend their streak to five. They face two contrasting oppositions this week.
First up is the New England Revolution on Wednesday. At the moment, the Revolution can’t stop losing. Diego Fagundez and his teammates haven’t won a game since May 24. During this period, they’ve only scored two goals and conceded 10.
Arena will be pleased to hear that Jay Heaps’ men are struggling to score because his team has kept two clean sheets in the last three games. Gyasi Zardes, who scored the winning goals against Real Salt Late and San Jose Earthquakes, would love to go up against New England’s defense.
The second game will be a bit more challenging. Kansas City is well equipped to pry open LA’s defense and Matt Besler’s return means that the defensive core is back to full strength.
Can Chivas make it five in a row?
We stay in LA with another team that can’t lose at the moment. Out of nowhere, Chivas won their last four games and are unbeaten in five. But Erick Torres and his teammates face a very tough opponent on Sunday.
DC has been on a tear this season, winning nine of its 18 matches and sitting at the top of the tightly-contested Eastern Conference.
With the way Chivas’ defense and Torres – who has scored in his last five games ‒ are playing, the Goats are far from underdogs. A win on DC’s home turf could lift Chivas into a playoff spot and will certainly help build the team’s confidence.
Will Houston Dynamo fix its defense and get revenge?
The Dynamo has fallen to the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference because they can’t stop conceding goals. The team that’s known for its solid defense has given up 38 goals this season and haven’t won a game since May 17.
The most detrimental loss was against Toronto FC last week. Brad Davis’ brace had given Houston a 2-0 lead on the road, but the defense had a meltdown and Toronto fired four goals past Tally Hall.
Houston has a chance to turn a new leaf when the Canadian side visits BBVA Compass Stadium. Will Dominic Kinnear and his men finally win a game or will Jermain Defoe disgrace Houston again?