Do you hear that? It’s the sound of 13 free, yes free, MLS games coming up for Matchday 17. This Saturday only, every game in the league will be free to watch in the MLS Season Pass.
With just nine points separating second from 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and eight points separating first from ninth in the Western Conference, midseason playoff seeding hangs in the balance as dog days approach. of the summer. Teams that can get positive results during these congested parts of the season often find themselves in favorable positions come the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
LAFC, which plays in stage 2 of the Concacaf Champions League final (!!) on Sunday, will not have a league game this weekend. LA Galaxy and Atlanta United are also free.
Most of you already know the exercise (and for this Saturday, you can ignore point #2). But in case you don’t:
- Apple TV – Free = the games are free to watch; you just need an Apple ID.
- Apple TV – MLS Season Pass = MLS season pass subscription required.
- Tune in the MLS 360 Interactive show for live views and analysis of the key moments of each game.
- MLS Countdown is your input, and MLS Overview comes at the end of the night.
New York City FC vs. New England Revolution
NYCFC’s season reached a new low on Wednesday with its second straight 3-1 loss at home, taking its record to 0W-5D-1D in its last game in six games. The injury to central defender Thiago Martins (still probably out on Saturday) may have been the final straw for the 14th-ranked team in the Eastern Conference.
A New England team that is gradually becoming healthier (Gustavo Bou made his bench for Gameday 16) and that is coming off a away draw in Atlanta will be looking to take advantage.
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers
Consider it a late Rivalry Week afterparty: Round 2 of this Cascadia Cup derby tops Round 17, at least in terms of emotional stakes. When the two clubs met in April, a Dairon Asprilla bicycle kick sparked the Timbers’ 4-1 comeback that kick-started a winning streak for Gio Savarese’s side.
The Timbers, winless in three, could use that kind of jolt again, while Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer In fact I would like to stop losing to the Timbers.
FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire FC
FC Cincinnati is on a historic streak, earning the most points in league history (excluding the shootout era) in the first 15 games of a season.
Even taking a point away from Cincy at TQL Stadium would be a good result for Chicago, which is nearly halfway through a brutal part of its schedule that includes six road trips in seven games.
Columbus Crew vs. Charlotte FC
Matchday 16 featured a bit of everything for the Crew: two soft goals conceded and three impressive goals scored. If they can strike the right balance of risk and reward against Charlotte, which will be without key attackers Enzo Copetti and Kamil Józwiak, then a rebound back into the Eastern Conference top five is within reach.
Inter Miami CF vs DC United
There’s no nice way to put it: Inter Miami seems to be falling apart a bit, with the relationship between the fans and the manager becoming more strained by the game. Three points would be huge for either side in this match. DC is coming off disappointing results: a 2-1 loss to Toronto FC on Matchday 15 and a two-goal lead blown in a 2-2 draw on Matchday 16 against visiting CF Montréal.
New York Red Bulls vs. Orlando City SC
RBNY is starting to score enough, and I mean fair enough, to take advantage of having one of the best goal-conceded rates in the league (second overall per game). They’ve only needed to score four in their last five games to go 3W-1D-1D over that stretch.
Orlando, currently ranked No. 9 amid a gridlocked Eastern Conference, will be looking to earn its fourth road win of the season to fuel a move up the table.
Philadelphia Union vs. CF Montreal
The Union, one of the healthiest teams in MLS, seems officially on the mend from any blackout related to the schedule congestion of their Concacaf Champions League adventure and is now rolling (6W-0D-1D in their last seven games). ).
Don’t sleep in Montreal though. Hernán Losada’s team has proven difficult since mid-April, going 5W-2D-1D in their last eight. Despite not having a single player with more than three goals on the year, the Québec team continues to find ways to score points.
Austin FC vs. Real Salt Lake
Sebastián Driussi made his long-awaited return on Wednesday and immediately helped Austin to a 2-1 win with a goal from the bench. The green and black keep have been flirting with fine form in the last four games (3W-1L-0D), and a home clash against a struggling RSL offers a perfect opportunity to confirm the recent turnaround.
FC Dallas vs. Nashville SC
FC Dallas probably needs more goals from players outside of Jesus Ferreira if it wants to be a serious threat in the Western Conference. They have only scored an average of six times in the last five games, and Ferreira has four of them.
Nashville SC has had its own star player issues that need more help in recent years with Hany Mukhtar. But lately, the likes of Fafà Picault, Jacob Shaffelburg and Teal Bunbury have been stepping up. Lo and behold, the Boys in Gold are second in the Supporters’ Shield race, riding a good run of 6W-0L-1D.
Minnesota United FC vs. Toronto FC
The good news for Toronto FC? Lorenzo Insigne is healthy and Federico Bernardeschi quickly returned to the starting eleven after missing a game due to a “coach’s decision” on matchday 15. The bad new? The reds have not scored in the last four league games that both Italian stars have started.
Speaking of returning star players, could Emanuel Reynoso make his long-awaited return to Minnesota’s matchday squad?
St. Louis CITY SC vs. Houston Dynamo FC
A 6-2 thrashing in Week 16 against the Whitecaps at BC Place did little to dissuade the idea that Houston has been a disaster on the road this season (they are now 0W-5L-2D away from Shell Energy Stadium). Now a long drive awaits you to the overwhelming CITYPARK of St. Louis. Even without João Klauss and Rasmus Alm, CITY SC looks to be a tough test for the up-and-down Dynamo.
Colorado Rapids Against San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose earned its first road win of the season on Game 16 with a tough 1-0 win over the Western Conference-leading Sounders on Wednesday. Now they need to pass another age-old test for any team with lofty goals: take advantage of a truly down-and-out team, in this case, the Colorado Rapids.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City
The Whitecaps are starting to turn expected goals (where they rank third in the league by game) into actual goals, scoring six over Houston in midweek and now go six games without being shutout. A resurgent Sporting Kansas City has also found the net with ease of late, scoring 12 in their last six.
A barn burner could be in the works at BC Place.