The Major League Soccer season continues on Saturday night when eight fixtures take place in the competition and with the format for the postseason now confirmed, all 16 teams go into battle knowing where they stand in their campaign.
Half of the matches are live on TV for those of us who are in the UK to sit and enjoy while the other half will once again be shown on the streaming services that the bookmakers offer so a decent night of football can be enjoyed by all.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (UK kick off and TV in brackets)
Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew (20.30 – Free Sports)
D.C. United v New York Red Bulls (00.00)
New York City FC v FC Cincinnati (00.00 – Free Sports)
Orlando City SC v Inter Miami CF (00.30 – Sky Football)
Philadelphia Union v New England Revolution (00.30)
FC Dallas v Houston Dynamo (01.30)
Nashville SC v Atlanta United FC (01.30)
Real Salt Lake v Colorado Rapids (02.30 – Sky Football)
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The televised action begins at a pretty watchable time for those of us who are in the UK when the leaders of the Eastern Conference, Columbus Crew, make the trip to Soldier Field to take on Chicago Fire. The televised stuff remains in the Eastern Conference as New York City will look to continue their good run when they host FC Cincinnati while there is a battle of Florida between Orlando City and Inter Miami to enjoy as well. The last of the four televised matches heads to the Western Conference as Real Salt Lake meet the Colorado Rapids.
Best of the Rest
Elsewhere DC United will be looking to fire what has been a very disappointing season so far into life when they welcome the New York Red Bulls to Audi Field while Philadelphia Union will continue to hunt down top spot in the East when they host a New England Revolution side who are very competitive this term. There is one more all-Western Conference clash and that comes through the battle of Texas as FC Dallas host Houston Dynamo. Atlanta United will look to shake out of this slump they are in when they go to Nashville SC.
This is another of those cards which isn’t the easiest to bet on but there is one I have had my eye on since the midweek games ended and I’m going to pull the trigger on that. That is in the Eastern Conference battle between Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution, a match I think the home side can win even though the Revolution are not the easiest side in the world to beat under the guidance of Bruce Arena.
You have to give the Revs credit because they have the best away record in the Eastern Conference, but when you pick it down they have only played three away games, winning two – at Chicago and DC United, two sides who aren’t having great seasons, with the other three being at a neutral venue at the MLS is Back tournament so that record is inflated a little. Philadelphia have played two matches on their home ground this season and won them both and looked very good in each of them too. They got a draw at Gillette Stadium in the reverse fixture but I expect them to get all three points here.
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