MLS fans should be ecstatic because only one day separates week 20 and week 21. After Landon Donovan and LA Galaxy routed Seattle Sounders on Monday, the league only had Tuesday to recuperate and will resume action on Wednesday. Four games will be play in mid-week and MLS fans will be treated to nine tantalizing weekend matchups.
There are many intriguing topics this week because seven teams will be playing twice and the All-Star game is right around the corner, but here are the three most important.
Will New England Revolution make club history?
The team I describe as “the most complete team on paper” is only one defeat away from equally the club’s worst losing streak ever. To make matters work for Revolution supporters, their team will play twice this week, which means that there is possibility that the record could be broken.
They welcome Colorado Rapids to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday. The Rapids are coming off an impressive 3-0 victory over Chivas USA. Pablo Mastroeni’s side has been lifted by the return of Designated Player Gabriel Torres.
And then on Saturday, Revolution players take their talents to New York to face the league’s leading scorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and Thierry Henry.
A win or a tie won’t just end New England’s dreadful losing streak, it would also lift them into a playoff spot.
Can Houston Dynamo’s new boys save them?
The Dynamo have been horrendous this year. They’ve only won five of their 20 league games in 2014 and have conceded 40 goals, most in MLS. Dominic Kinnear knew that his team needed reinforcements, and he went out and signed two World Cup veterans.
USA’s DaMarcus Beasley signed as a DP and Honduras’ Luis Garrado was acquired on loan from CD Olimpia.
Beasley, who used to be a winger, has reiterated that he would like to continue playing as a left-back, the position he played for the US in Brazil. However, that could be a problem because Houston already has an All-Star caliber left-back in form of Corey Ashe. It is up to Kinnear to figure out where the 32-year-old will play.
Garrido has been likened to Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso. The Honduras is a hard-tackling defensive midfielder that enjoys roaming the pitch in order to break up passes. His acquisitions should fix the Dynamo’s defensive issues.
These signings are impressive, but will they be enough to contain DC United’s lethal weapons. The team that currently occupies second place in the Eastern Conference has put together a great campaign, winning 10 of their 19 matches.
Five games aired live on national television, but will fans tune in?
ESPN2, NBC, NBCSN and UDN will show at least one MLS game this week. ESPN2 kicks things off with New York Red Bulls taking on Real Salt Lake. The game will be aired live on July 30 at 9 p.m. ET.
NBCSN will broadcast Sporting Kansas City versus Philadelphia Union on August 1 at 8 p.m. ET, and San Jose Earthquakes hosting Seattle on August 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
NBC gets in on the action on August 2 with the clash between LA and Portland Timbers at 2:30 p.m. ET.
UDN caps off what should be an amazing week with the clash between Houston and DC. The game will be played on August 3 at 8 p.m. ET.
Now soccer fans have no excuse not to watch these MLS games.
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