MLS: Week 25 talking points

LA Galaxy

Landon Donovan

After a brief break, the MLS is back. With the schedules becoming more congested, some teams are showing signs of fatigue, but that isn’t necessarily a negative for MLS admirers. The ever-growing fan base will get to witness the leagues parity on full display as each team hustles and tussles for valuable points.

Here are three topics to keep an eye on in week 25.

Double week for Supporters’ Shield contenders.

LA Galaxy and D.C. United, two of the hottest teams in MLS right now, will each play two crucial games this week. These are the kind of games that will show the grit, confidence and fight possessed by these two famed teams.

Both teams will face each other for their first game of the week. This match will feature two of the deadliest attacks in the league, a couple of MVP candidates, great goalkeepers and Landon Donovan.

America’s greatest men soccer player of all-time has been on a tear since he announced his imminent retirement. He scored two game-winning goals as LA picked up six points against Western Conference foes last week.

After trashing Sporting Kansas City last week, Ben Olsen’s men are confident, vibrant and determined to finish their historical season on a high note. This game is vital for D.C. because if they win, they’ll have some breathing room atop the Eastern Conference.

When the dust surrounding this highly anticipated game settles, both teams will cap off the weekend against their arch rivals.

Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls come into town after manhandling Montreal Impact and winning their first CONCACAF Champions League game in club history. Even though United’s defense is very stingy, New York has a striking duo – Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips – that can put up terrifying offensive numbers.

LA will remain in their home stadium, but will be the away team, against Chivas USA. The team led by Erick Torres hasn’t been able to pick up a win in a very long time, but they’ve showed signs of life in their last two games.

Will FC Dallas extend its unbeaten streak to 11?

FC Dallas has been the team to watch this season. After their early season struggles, Oscar Pareja’s men have turned things around and they look untouchable at the moment.

The side that’ll attempt to put an end to their impressive run of form this weekend is Chicago Fire. The Eastern Conference minnow has been hugely disappointing this season. Of their 24 games, they’ve tied 14.

After failing to sign Jermaine Jones, Frank Yallop has failed to sure up his defense, which means Fabian Castillo, Tesho Akindele and the Pareja’s plathora of attackers will have a field day against one of the most inconsistent backlines in MLS.

Will Jermaine Jones make his debut this weekend?

Jones finally got his big money move to MLS, and now it’s time for the USMNT World Cup star to stop partying, buckle down and start performing.

Jones’ new team, the New England Revolution, travel to Canada to take on Eastern Conference foe Toronto FC on Aug. 30. A win for Jay Heaps’ side will close the gap between them and the teams that are currently occupying the playoff spots. With so much at stake, don’t be surprised if the coach unleashes his new star player.

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