MLS Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Two games are already in the books on a busy day around MLS, but a full night of action still awaits. In the headlining matches of the night, the Houston Dynamo host Sporting Kansas City in a rematch of the 2011 Eastern Conference final; the Los Angeles Galaxy head to Vancouver to take on the Whitecaps in a meeting between a pair of teams in playoff position out west; and San Jose returns to action after a 5-0 thrashing of Real Salt Lake by taking on FC Dallas. 

Summer friendly season gets underway as well, with Seattle welcoming UEFA Champions League winner Chelsea to CenturyLink Field and the Philadelphia Union taking on Eric Lichaj, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.

Here is the viewing schedule for the night's matches:

7 p.m. – MLS Live/Direct Kick – Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids

7:30 p.m. - Not televised – Philadelphia Union vs. Aston Villa

8 p.m. – MLS Live/Direct Kick/TSN2 - Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution

8:30 p.m. – MLS Live/Direct Kick – Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City

9:30 p.m. – ESPN2/ESPN3.com – Seattle Sounders vs. Chelsea

10 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/Live – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

11 p.m. – NBC Sports Network – San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas

If you will be watching any of Wednesday night's games, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action.

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37 Responses to MLS Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Jim in Atlanta says:

    Phily vs union not being televised is whack

  2. Jim in Atlanta says:

    Villa *

  3. Eric says:

    Are you a Villa fan or does living in Atlanta geographically force you to be a Union fan?

  4. Camjam says:

    I wish there was a little more clarity to Blackout restrictions on MLS Live. Search me why a bored guy in Salt Lake is in blackout status for a Colorado vs. TFC game. “Local Listings” my a$$

  5. SilverRey says:

    I think ESPN decided their plate was full with the Chelsea/Seattle game.

  6. SilverRey says:

    Just few years back $25 got you every game in the league that was being broadcast (which, ok, may have only been 75%) with no blackouts. Now it’s $60 and you can’t watch half of the games due to black outs. Really makes me want to be a pirate….

  7. Eric says:

    As a Revs fan, I hope that Montreal-New England could become a rivalry. Would be fairly easy considering how much I hate their hockey team.

  8. Jim in Atlanta says:

    No it doesn’t I actually live in dc now and can’t stand United.. I just wanted to see this game. What’s the point of having these games if only people in attendance can see them? I my favorite teams are sporting and union post Novak. I like the style those two teams play

  9. ted says:

    That dive just added some fuel to the fire…

  10. Eric says:

    OOOOOOO Lee Nyguen just went Clint Dempsey on Donovan Ricketts.

  11. Eric says:

    Clint’s goal vs Stoke that is.

  12. Big Chil says:

    Rapids blew another 1-0 start. Go Team!

  13. A says:

    Slap in the face lineup from Chelsea. Definitely not taking Seattle serious at all.

  14. A says:

    Chelsea just torches Seattle down the field to start the game. Traffic coned them.

  15. Garth says:

    Seattle down after 2:30. This isn’t even fair.

  16. chris says:

    These games are so stupid

  17. Illmatic74 says:

    Well it is a friendly. Also, Chelsea are sending out a lineup stronger than one they will probably send out against early Carling or FA Cup games.

  18. Garth says:

    Okay, so when does Di Matteo tell his players to stop scoring? 5-0? At their current scoring rate, Chelsea will have 8 goals by half time and 16 to end the game.

  19. Garth says:

    LOL

    Chelsea GIFTS Seattle a goal trying to d*ck around with the ball in their own third.

  20. Eric says:

    God why did the Revs have to get the Nyassi that is terrible.

  21. divers suck says:

    Sounders equalize vs Chelsea Montero with #2!!

  22. nick says:

    Jeff Parke is having a ROUGH night

  23. Eric says:

    Pretty certain that Lukaku could play defenseive end for the Seahawks

  24. Garth says:

    Okay, here is the beat down we saw at the start of the match.

  25. Bryan says:

    Seattle’s defense is so bad, jesus.

  26. Garth says:

    6’3, 207-210 lbs.

    He’s definitely an inside lb at worst.

  27. Kosh says:

    Jeff Parke and Rosales are crapping the bed in spectacular fashion. Parke is just getting manhandled by the kind of class he does not see day in and day out, and Rosales has been caught and punished for showboating (or the attempt thereof) against the UCL champions.

    Fun game though.

  28. Kosh says:

    There D are no world beaters but it’s the midfield – Rosales I am looking square at you, sir – who have exposed them big time. In MLS those turnovers don’t get punished but against the speed, power and talent that’s out there right now is making them pay in three or less passes.

  29. poo says:

    yeah, those to are absolutely dogging it. You’d think after the first few goals they would smarten up, but nope

  30. Kosh says:

    At the end of the day the score means absolutely nothing and I think in a game like this to judge by the score only misses the point. Yes the UCL champs are up 4-2 doing what they do best, punishing mistakes and weakness. But to focus on the score only misses the point that seattle fought back from 2 down and in impressive fashion. They were knocking the ball around and even taking Chelsea on. I mean even Eddie Johnson is taking on guys and turning Farrera. Impressive stuff.

    The play is impressive and Seattle is playing with these guys, it’s just the MLS level mistakes are being punished at Prem level effectiveness and ruthlessness, which is to be expected.

  31. Garth says:

    Honestly, there was nothing impressive about Chelsea’s CB passing the ball directly to Montero.

    The second goal you can argue was scrappy, but otherwise Chelsea has absolutely dominated Seattle.

  32. Kosh says:

    That’s the beauty of the game, we’ll get out of it what we want, I guess. But to suggest Seattle didn’t respond, favorably and impressively after being 2-0 down is, in my opinion, biased. I think they stepped it up a bit and met Chelsea at the tackle and moved the ball on them. Seattle built the attack and didn’t “heave and run” on their counters. But that’s the way I see it, anyways.

  33. Kosh says:

    There’s something about Eddie Johnson’s game lately that makes me want to see him with the Nat’s just one more time, maybe a friendly. There’s something more aggressive about him. I am no fan of his and the memory of his past limp performances (pass back Eddie) till linger…and burn, but I dunno, why the heck not?

  34. bcoug says:

    Okay, I understand how it works … Seattle scores off a Chelsea miscue and there is no credit to Seattle, but when Chelsea scores off Seattle miscues its all credit to Chelsea. That makes sense from either the “I love Chelsea” or “I hate Seattle” perspectives.

  35. a says:

    eff off garth. there was nothing impressive about the 2 deflected goals chelsea scored on seattle either. one the GK had and the other wasnt even on frame. take a second to ease of your bull headed idiotic euro fanboy bias and think for a second. okay seattles goal was gifted as well. so lets agree a 2-1 scoreline for chelsea would be a fair scoreline.

  36. Frank says:

    I agree. He is worth a shot as he is looking incredibly sharp, but perhaps more important, he once again is looking VERY confident every time he steps out on the field

  37. abc says:

    It’s the MLS inferiority complex perspective.

    Our goals are undeserved because we couldn’t create them and only scored when they made mistakes, but they are awesome for ruthlessly capitalizing on our mistakes (which show how bad we are).