Sorry I haven't done one of these in a while, I've been a little bogged down. Anyways, here's the new edition of MLS gameday, right in time for the international break. The regular season is approaching the end and with the playoffs drawing near, unfortunately many clubs are lacking top players who have been called up for their national teams. Of course, teams like Chivas USA and DC United have managed to avoid getting their good players called up by not having them in the first place, but as their place in the table shows, that may not be the best strategy for long term success in MLS. Anyways, it may not be week where MLS' best shine, but it'll be a week where the stakes are high. Thus, without further ado, here is another edition of MLS gameday.
Sporting Kansas City 0 Houston 0
Vancouver 1 Seattle 4
San Jose 1 Colorado 0
New England at Montreal
New England's Kelyn Rowe has been a model of how a young player is supposed to build on his rookie season. As MLS.com's Matthew Doyle pointed out, Kelyn Rowe has improved on every aspect of his game this season from the previous year, both working on his weaknesses and further augmenting his strengths. He's not a household name just yet, so you should watch this game so you can be a total MLS hipster and tell your friends you liked Kelyn Rowe before it became cool.
Prediction: Since I assume Kelyn Rowe is an avid reader of TSF, he uses the boost in confidence he gained from the previous paragraph to score the first hattrick of his career, while also tracking back to help the Revolution shut down one of MLS' leading scorers in Marco DiVaio.
Score: 1-0 Montreal wins
Philadelphia at DC
Philadelphia head to RFK stadium in a game that means quite a bit to the Union and very little to DC. Both teams will be playing makeshift backlines, with the Union's two starting fullbacks suspended and DC United missing Dejan Jakovic. Like most affairs between these clubs, it'll probably be a knockdown dragout affair where the team who wins is the one who gets the fewest of its players suspended.
Prediction: As a result of a bet between Curt Onalfo and Piotr Nowak, John Hackworth is required to sit idly by as members of Black and Red United set the lineup for Philadelphia. The Union put up an impressive showing, despite obvious setback of having Conor Casey stuck as the team's goalkeeper for the day. A second half substitution to bring on Black and Red managing editor Adam Taylor for Keon Daniel only make matters worse for the Zolos, yet they still win by wearing DC United down through the sheer ugliness of the All Nude Kit.
Score: 4-2, Philadelphia wins.
Chicago at Dallas
Everyone get ready for the Brimstone Cup! A lesser known rivalry emerging from the similarities between the names of the two clubs (Dallas used to be known as the Burn), this game is important not only for the trophy but for their playoff lives as well. Dallas need to win to avoid being mathematically eliminated, and while their ship has all but sank, Chicago sit two points behind Philadelphia for the last playoff spot in the East and have a very realistic chance of catching up if they can get a win against the Toros.
Prediction: Mike Magee puts Chicago ahead with an early goal, but a halftime deal between Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman and Beezelbub leads to Dallas scoring three quick goals early in the second half. Chicago rally back with a couple scores of their own when George John is summoned down to Hades in the 85th minute so that Dallas can complete their end of the deal.
Score: 1-1 Draw
Seattle at Portland
The Timbers get their second crack at team Dempsey, only this time minus the Dempsey. However, what the game lacks in players whose rap game was too real for Tottenham it makes up for in players marketing for adidas! Select players will be rocking an exclusive pair of adizeros in a surprisingly not exceptionally awful colorway. If you're looking for actual reasons to watch, it's the United States' best rivalry and Darlington Nagbe will be playing. What more could you possibly need?
Prediction: Matches between the Sounders and Timbers are usually close and this one will be no exception. Fresh off a late flurry of goals against the Whitecaps, Portland decide not to leave anything to chance this time scoring four goals early. Concerned that any more offense will lead to Timber Joey running out of wood, the Timbers ease up only to see a late flurry of Sounders goals end one short of equalizing the game.
Score: 2-1 Timbers win.