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MLS Weekend Preview: New York Derby, Colossal clash in Colorado

FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, CO - OCTOBER 18: Victor Ulloa #28 of FC Dallas and Marlon Hairston #94 of Colorado Rapids battle for a head ball at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on October 18, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado. FC Dallas defeated the Rapids 1-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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This is a great weekend for Major League Soccer.

There’s a match-up between two of the top teams in the West, the same in the East, and a New York Derby.

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Colorado can cement its role as a title contender when FC Dallas visits late Saturday, as the Rapids enter the match three points shy of their visitors but with three less games played. Colorado is unbeaten at home, has the best points-per-game in MLS, and has allowed just 13 games on the year. Of course, that means FCD will pick up the rarity that is an MLS road win.

The East’s Top Four sides will tangle, too, beginning with Philadelphia’s trip to Quebec on Saturday. Montreal is coming off a home loss to NYC, and now gets another of the East’s best. Philly will be licking its wounds after being ousted from the U.S. Open Cup, and both would loathe falling further off the pace for a bye.

Then Sunday we get the rubber match between New York City and the New York Red Bulls. RBNY clobbered NYC 7-0 in the first one before City got a measure of revenge in the second effort. City snapped a photo in the locker room after that win, and RBNY coach Jesse Marsch is using it as a motivational tactic. We just want to watch the game, which kicks at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

And that’s not even mentioning high-flying L.A. paying a visit to the inconsistent-but-dangerous reigning champs.

San Jose at Real Salt Lake -- 11 p.m. ET

L.A. Galaxy at Portland -- 3:30 p.m. ET
Orlando City at Columbus -- 7:30 p.m. ET
DC United at Toronto FC -- 7:30 p.m. ET
Philadelphia at Montreal -- 7:30 p.m. ET
Chicago at New England -- 7:30 p.m. ET
FC Dallas at Colorado -- 9 p.m. ET
Vancouver at Houston -- 9:30 p.m. ET

New York City at New York Red Bulls -- 1 p.m. ET
Seattle at Sporting KC -- 3 p.m. ET

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