MLS Week 18: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Two of the biggest surprise stories in Major League Soccer will square off in a nationally televised match Saturday afternoon at PPL Park.

The Philadelphia Union, led by Gold Cup-bound forward Jack McInerney, are coming off of back-to-back 3-0 wins. On Saturday, they take on a FC Dallas squad that has cooled off after racing out to a hot start in the Western Conference.

Another top matchup tonight will be the California Classico between San Jose and Los Angeles at Stanford Stadium. Both sides will be missing players in the days ahead with Gold Cup duties, so look for these rivals to go all out for a win with their full-strength squads.

Here’s a rundown of today’s MLS schedule:

1pm – MLS Direct Kick - Toronto vs Real Salt Lake

5:30pm – NBC Sports Network - Philadelphia Union vs Dallas

7pm – MLS Direct Kick - Montreal Impact vs Colorado Rapids

7pm – MLS Direct Kick - DC United vs Vancouver Whitecaps

8:30pm – MLS Direct Kick - Sporting KC vs Columbus Crew

10:30pm – MLS Direct Kick - SJ Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy

10:30pm – MLS Direct Kick - Chivas USA vs New England Revolution

If you will be watching tonight’s MLS action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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23 Responses to MLS Week 18: Your Running Commentary

  1. Jon says:

    This game has also made me want to shove somebody, so I get it.

  2. EspinDOHla says:

    2 reds in the RSL/TFC game?!?! What happened in that one???

    • petedx says:

      A pretty poor soccer game, but a really good shoving contest.

    • Kevin_Amold says:

      Silva, I believe, kicked out at Tony Beltran, who turned and shoved him down. Henry shoves Beltran hard from behind. Both Beltran and Henry sent off, Findley gets a yellow for involving himself. Really a dumb retaliation from Beltran, but at least he took someone with him.

    • EspinDOHla says:

      Thanks.
      Was following it on the Fox Match Tracker and it suddenly popped up that there were two reds with no explanation. Sounds like it was quite chippy…

  3. Kevin_Amold says:

    Nick Rimando, legend.

  4. Doug says:

    What’s with the Philly fans singing the anthem in “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” fashion. Sounded terrible. The PA guy said this is their tradition. Don’t they know to wait for the music?

  5. SanFran415 says:

    Hey Tab Ramos–Walker Zimmerman has 2 goals in MLS as a CB in the last week but can’t get on your squad over a 5 start college freshman.

    GOOD CALL!

    • BrianK says:

      Zimmerman should have changed his name to Walker Hernandez Gonzalez de Pereira.

    • Brian says:

      I had no idea goals is what you look for from a CB. How is the defense performing with him in the lineup? Three goals against at home against Portland and two goals against on the road to Philly? Was he part of that play when Nagbe torched the entire Dallas defense? I know he gave up a stinker of a back pass to gift Portland a goal.

  6. Harry says:

    has anyone seen Julian Green play i heard that he played for Bayern today, i really hope he commits to the US

  7. SanFran415 says:

    Red card for diving. Alan Chapman is my new hero.

  8. BrianK says:

    Dallas was robbed! Unfortunate.

  9. BrianK says:

    McMath should have punched that ball. No one to blame but himself.

  10. Tony in Quakeland says:

    That was the second crazy finish in a row. Not having a rooting interest in either, they were as entertaining as hell.

  11. SanFran415 says:

    2-2 is more than fair given that the Union just scored and wasn’t awarded a goal.

  12. CW in LA says:

    Speaking of being gifted a goal, did anyone see the horrible back pass that Oduro made a meal of at KC?

  13. DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

    I know DC is terrible, but they were totally robbed tonight. No Way that was a penalty. He clearly got the ball first. Talk about kicking a team when it’s down.

  14. SanFran415 says:

    The Ben Olsen press conference is going into my bookmarks under “greatest referee rant.”

    Seriously. If you missed that–find video. I expect a 3 game suspension at the minimum for Olsen. What a tirade.

  15. Fredo says:

    I have pain.

  16. petedx says:

    That was some crazy stoppage time.