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MLS on tap: Tim Howard returns, NYC looks to avenge 7-0 Derby loss


Major League Soccer kicked off a four-day festival of the Fourth on Friday with a pair of matches that simply whet the appetite for the rest of the holiday weekend.

Here are three matches to watch, as well as the full schedule, as the season finds its shape.

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The New York Derby is back on the main stage this Sunday at Yankee Stadium, where New York City FC will look to avenge the 7-0 humiliation at Red Bull Arena. A draw will keep City above RBNY on the table, but a loss at home would catapult the Red Bulls into second.

Another match which could cause table tumult caps the weekend on Monday night, when L.A. looks to take care of business at the StubHub Center against Vancouver. The ‘Caps hope to steady the ship after a disappointing loss in the Canadian Championship against Toronto FC.

Also on Monday we’ll see Colorado and Portland tangle in what will not only be yet another litmus test for Jermaine Jones and the first place Rapids, but a chance to take another swipe at the reigning champs. Oh, and it’s expected to be Tim Howard’s Colorado debut.

Chicago 1-0 San Jose -- RECAP
Real Salt Lake 1-1 DC United -- RECAP

Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution -- 5:30 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders -- 7 p.m. ET
Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union -- 9 p.m. ET

New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls -- Noon ET
Sporting KC vs. Columbus Crew -- 7 p.m. ET

FC Dallas vs. Orlando City -- 9 p.m. ET
Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers -- 9 p.m. ET
L.A. Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps -- 10:30 p.m. ET

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