Just a formality. Who’s paying attention to MLS today?
New England Revolution at Toronto FC. I can’t “preview” this, it’s going on right now. Anyhow, do you remember a few years ago when the NBA was really unbalanced? And seven of the top eight teams played in the West? And the East was just a big morass of mediocrity? That’s sorta how I feel about MLS right now.
San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders. Seattle have taken 33 shots on goal and allowed 33 shots on goal, earning a 3-3-3 record. They are the Median Team.
DC United at Houston Dynamo. Based on the standings the Dynamo are way stronger. But these teams are actually dead even in shots on goal. Houston have a slightly better defense, plus home field advantage, but I don’t think it’s too optimistic to hope for a 0-0 draw.
Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA. Pop quiz, what teams have the best goal difference in MLS? LA (+14) and Columbus (+7) are first and second of course, but the defending champs are right behind at +6 despite an unremarkable 4-3-1 record. RSL are straight-up better than Chivas, plus the Goats are missing two of their best guys for World Cup training.
Columbus Crew at Kansas City Wizards. What’s the deal with this schedule where Columbus have played 3 fewer games than LA? That’s 40% of the season. Anyhow, I feel like KC are better than their record indicates. But I also feel like Columbus are as good as record indicates, so this is not the week for me to predict an upset.