MLS Preview: Conference leaders meet as Philly head west to Colorado
The weekend is nearing, which means another full slate of ten matches across Major League Soccer.
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With Sporting KC and D.C. United kicking things off on Friday night, Saturday is jam-packed with eight matches before the league’s youngest clubs NYCFC and Orlando wrap up the action on Sunday.
Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union -- Saturday, 9:00 p.m. ET
There’s not a misprint on the table, Colorado and Philadelphia are both at the top of their conferences. After sitting near the bottom of MLS for the past two seasons, Colorado has shocked everyone, currently leading the league in points (27) with the fewest goals conceded (9). On Saturday, the Rapids put their perfect 6-0 home record on the line when they host the Union, who currently lead the East by two points.
New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC -- Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET
Coming off of a massive 7-0 win in the Hudson River Derby against NYCFC, the Red Bulls will look to continue trending upwards when they host Toronto FC. Two of the preseason favorites to top the Eastern Conference, both sides are currently tied on points, although the Red Bulls have a game in hand. For Toronto, Sebastian Giovinco will be keen to prove Antonio Conte wrong after being left out of the Italy squad for EURO 2016 after the Italian boss talked down upon MLS.
Montreal Impact vs. Los Angeles Galaxy -- Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET
Didier Drogba has scored in each of his last three starts, a streak he will look to keep alive against the Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend. While Drogba will be looking to score, Montreal must make sure their defense is in top form as the Galaxy have scored a league-high 25 goals through 11 matches.
Elsewhere around MLS
Sporting KC vs. D.C. United -- Friday, 7:00 p.m. ET
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo -- Saturday, 6:00 p.m. ET
Columbus Crew SC vs. Real Salt Lake -- Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders -- Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers -- Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET
San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas -- Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET
New York City FC vs. Orlando City SC -- Sunday, 4:30 p.m. ET