After a Friday night showdown between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, the playoff race continues tonight with several teams fighting for their post-season lives tonight.
After four consecutive wins, Columbus has fallen off the pace, falling behind the Houston Dynamo for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. They will look to right the ship as they host the Philadelphia Union. Columbus will need to take advantage of any opportunity they get in the final month of the season, as they face two teams currently slated to make the playoffs, while Houston does not face a single one. The Dynamo will play host to the visiting New England Revolution, as they look to continue their undefeated season at home this season in their first year at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, Vancouver and FC Dallas will both be in action, as both clubs look to take hold of the fifth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Vancouver will take on Cascadia Cup rival Seattle Sounders at home at BC Place, while FC Dallas travels to Buck Shaw Stadium to take on Supporters' Shield-leading San Jose Earthquakes. At 36 points, FC Dallas will move ahead of the Whitecaps with a win and Whitecaps' loss tonight.
Here is tonight's MLS schedule:
7pm – MLS Direct Kick/MSG - New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC
7:30pm – MLS Direct Kick - Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union
8:30pm – MLS Direct Kick - Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution
9pm - NBC Sports Network - Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders
10:30pm - MLS Direct Kick – Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United
10:30pm - MLS Direct Kick – Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake
10:30pm - MLS Direct Kick – San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas
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Enjoy the action.