MLS Preview: 4 Matches to Watch in Week 8
That being said, there are nine matches scheduled for Saturday, with all but two taking place in the evening.
With that much soccer in compressed time, there is no way that anyone can be able to see all of the leagues matches this weekend.
So here I am to give you which four matches I recommend you do not miss.
New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls
These two frustrated teams will be facing off at Red Bull Arena and on national television (the game will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network).
This match is very important match for the Red Bulls if they want to continue separating themselves from the pack and keep pace with the leaders of the Eastern Conference.
Houston Dynamo at D.C. United
Meanwhile, Houston will want to end its three-game winless streak, which includes two draws and a loss to the Seattle Sounders.
Dynamo's Brad Davis hasn't been in the lineup for the team's last two games. He will be needed against D.C., who is quickly becoming one of the strongest midfields in the league.
At the home side, all eyes will be on Chris Pontius, who scored a hat trick against New England, to see whether he can repeat his performance.
Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire
Both squads are currently fourth in their perspective conferences and look to climb the ladder.
The Fire come from a hard-fought battle with Toronto FC, which Chicago eventually won. Even with the victory, it showed flaws in Chicago's defense, which will be to close the club because they don't want the Sounders to exploit them.
As for Seattle, it hasn't been what it used to be—a large part due to the absence of injured Steve Zakuani. The stats speak for themselves. In five matches, Seattle has only scored six goals. The offensive output hasn't been up to par with its fans.
The Western Conference might be more difficult, but the teams are packed in closer together, so stealing three points from Chicago will be essential if Seattle wants to start climbing the table.
FC Dallas at Los Angeles Galaxy
With all their woes and successes, they will face off at the Home Depot Center in the last match of the day.
The Galaxy are in a two-game winning streak, beating Portland and Colorado. With the defense somewhat figured out after the acquisition of David Junior Lopes, the attention now goes to offensive side.
The biggest question for LA is: Who will step up to score? Robbie Keane has couple, and Edson Buddle only one. All other goals have come from different players, which is both a bad and good thing.
Dallas played a midweek game against Real Salt Lake, so they will be fatigued with the extra travel. Add to that the injuries of David Ferreira, Ricardo Villar, Kevin Hartman and now Carlos Rodriguez—who suffered a dislocated elbow Wednesday night, according to MLS.
Dallas will need to look at its youth to get the job done in Los Angeles.
The Galaxy need to continue its streak and move up the ladder, while Dallas will do the impossible: weather its storm and stay mid-table. Of course a win is always welcomed by the visitors.