While D.C. United's bye comes probably a week late, the Black-and-Red will be making good use of the gap in the schedule, working out the kinks in the attack and focusing on little things to make the team more dangerous in possession. But the fact remains: United will not play this weekend. So let's focus on who will be playing. Sixteen teams square off this week, all of them this afternoon/evening. Check out this week's full schedule, with TV information and our predictions and then give us your insights in the comments as you watch the games.
Some things to look out for:
- Will Toronto FC's domination of the LA Galaxy continue? I'm only half joking, but because this isn't CCL play, I expect the Reds will do their usual wilt job against the two-time defending champs.
- What will Mike Petke wear this week? He's gone tie-and-hoodie. He's gone cardigan-vest. I swear, if he keeps it up, we're going to see this by the All Star Game.
- Is FC Dallas for real? Actually, we may have to wait another week for that one, based on their opponents this week, the New England Revolution.
- At least one team is going to walk out of Dick's Sporting Goods Park with points today, and that will be weird because the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers have three points in seven games between them. I'm not sure they'll know what to do with any points.
- Two actual big games this week, and one of them should be fun to watch if you like things like goals. You pick which: Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes or Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact
- Meanwhile, out west, another matchup of two teams outside of the playoff positions - with a combined five points and four goals scored from seven games - is being called the game of the week in some corners. It can only be Real Salt Lake hosting the Seattle Sounders.
- Chivas USA and the Vancouver Whitecaps are both in playoff position right now, probably for the first time ever. That wasn't even true before the season started and standings were determined alphabetically.