MLS Matchday 16: A Look Ahead

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Confederation Cup players are back but many more Gold Cup call-ups leave their teams as we head into the second half of the MLS season.

This week's slate of games features one very good Eastern Conference clash, one reunion in Dallas and quality inter-conference battle in Colorado as the Chicago Fire take on the Rapids in a tilt loaded with quality match-ups.

Here is this weekend's MLS schedule:

TONIGHT

San Jose Earthquakes at Real Salt Lake (10pm, Direct Kick)

SATURDAY

D.C. United at Columbus Crew (7pm, ESPN2)

Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids (9pm, Direct Kick)

Houston Dynamo at Kansas City Wizards (9pm, Direct Kick)

New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas (9pm, Direct Kick)

New England Revolution at Los Angeles Galaxy (11pm, FSC)

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Here is a rundown of this weekend's top individual match-ups to watch:

Week 16 Top Match-ups to Watch

  • Pablo Mastroeni vs. Cuauhtemoc Blanco

  • Geoff Cameron vs. Josh Wolff

  • Bakary Soumare vs. Conor Casey

  • Juan Pablo Angel vs. Pablo Richetti

  • Cory Gibbs vs. Brian McBride

  • Rodney Wallace vs. Emmanuel Ekpo

  • Frankie Hejduk vs. Chris Pontius

  • Ryan Johnson vs. Nat Borchers

  • Landon Donovan vs. Darrius Barnes

  • Dave Van Den Bergh vs. Jeremy Hall

  • Javier Morales vs. Ramiro Corrales

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What match-ups are you most looking forward to? What match up did I forget to include on this list? What game will you make sure to watch? Are you skipping this week's MLS action to watch the Gold Cup and/or fireworks?

Share your thoughts below.

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8 Responses to MLS Matchday 16: A Look Ahead

  1. TheUltra says:

    The Crew faces their old foe on the 4th, should be a great game. I can’t wait to see if the Massive Club can return to their spot atop the conference they held nearly all of last year.

  2. Anthony says:

    Ben Olsen vs. GBS

  3. KC says:

    DC without Quaranta, Emilio, Moreno and Jakovic. Who are the Crew missing aside from Marshall? Might be a little too tough a task for United.

  4. 123 says:

    Go RSL!

  5. Livin the Dream says:

    lol i watch the game via mlsnet and it just stopped 20 min in and switched to baseball…ten min laters, its still baseball….so I am watching a Colorado Rockies game via an MLS website

  6. Beckster says:

    same thing happened on channelsurfing.net. Finally went back to the game which is not all that exciting. Convey taken off with a hamstring problem.

  7. Tay says:

    Ives, you’re KILLING me with this Angel vs anyone business. ANGEL IS NOT GOOD, anymore. He’s lost all his talent, can’t finish any of his chances, and he just doesn’t give a crap. And you can tell he doesn’t care by the way he plays. He’s careless. The ball will be punted to the player next to him, and he’ll just watch it.

    How about some Zimmerman, or Mac matchups. THEY are good.

  8. Brant says:

    KC – Columbus is missing Marshall & Rogers for the Gold Cup.

    Hesmer should still be in the net, and Moreno ought to start again after sitting out the RBNY game (he played for Venezeula in the middle of that week).

    Columbus will probably go with:

    ——-Moreno ——
    ————— GBS———-

    Ekpo ———- Oughton ———– Gaven
    ————- Carroll —————–

    Padula — O’Rourke — Brunner — Hejduk

    ————- Hesmer —————-

    Though it’s possible that Oughton stays on the bench, O’Rourke partners with Carroll in the midfield, and Iro goes into the back.