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MLS Reclaims the TV Spotlight This Weekend

The U-20 World Cup ended badly, and quickly, for the United States. The Gold Cup is still a ways off. But there is plenty of U.S.-centric soccer action to enjoy this weekend.
BY Eduardo Mendez Posted
June 28, 2013
12:51 PM
Here’s your curated guide for this weekend’s action. SATURDAY

Toronto FC vs. Real Salt Lake
1:00 p.m. (all times Eastern)
MLS Live

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Real Salt Lake. Instead, the departures of Will Johnson, Fabian Espindola, and Jamison Olave has given young talent the opportunity to flourish in Salt Lake. Players like Luis Gil continue to shine, and the Claret and Cobalt continue to pile on the results. The team is currently tied atop the Supporters’ Shield Race with 30 points. It will seek three more against a woeful Toronto FC side on Saturday.

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas
5:30 p.m.
NBC Sports Network

Jack McInerney will finally have the opportunity to showcase his talents on the international level, but the Union need one more solid performance before he departs in July. The No. 33-ranked player in the ASN 100 was unable to bury any of his chances against the New York Red Bulls in Week 17. Fortunately for Philadelphia, two goals from Conor Casey were enough to secure the victory. That might not be the case against FC Dallas on Saturday. If the Union hope to continue streaking, Jack Mac must return to form at PPL Park.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
10:30 p.m.
MLS Stream of the Week

Get ready for another clasico, California. Fortunately, this one won’t have the audience and atmosphere of an Under-20 World Cup match. Stanford Stadium will host the Week 18 showdown between Los Angeles and San Jose. If last year’s 4-3 result is any indication, the fireworks will come from the pitch. Prepare for another wild and dramatic finish Saturday night.

New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo
2:00 p.m.

New York and Houston enter Week 18 in the doldrums. The Red Bulls have lost three consecutive matches across all competitions. The Dynamo have not fared any better during their current six-game winless streak. No one’s pushed the panic button yet, but they might come Sunday. A loss for either team will raise serious questions about their MLS Cup prospects.

FC Kansas City vs. Portland Thorns
4:10 p.m.

It was a wild affair the last time these two met. Goals from Alex Morgan, Courtney Wetzel, and Danielle Foxhoven secured a 4-3 victory for the Thorns at JELD-WEN Field. FC Kansas City will look to return the favor at Yurcak Field Stadium on Sunday.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew (8:30, Saturday, MLS Live)—Both teams are separated by three points in the Eastern Conference. The Crew will look to close that gap and return to playoff position with a win on Saturday.

Confederations Cup: TEAM (6:00 p.m., Sunday, ESPN)—Spain. Brazil. The Confederations Cup final. Enough said.

So what are you watching this weekend? Which matches did we miss that we should tune in for? Let us know in the new and improved comments section.

Eduardo Mendez is a Brooklyn-based writer and an ASN contributor.

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