It’s Friday and also another match day. I have to say, I’m a fan of the Friday night games because they free up my weekend for
errands more soccer watching. To that end, you may be wondering how best to allocate your MLS watching, given that you don’t have to worry about making the trip out to BC Place. Fear not, as we present to you the Official Coffee with the Caps Viewing Guide (TM). Now, I know many of you are Canada-based and thus cannot profit from the lovely ESPN+. Over here at Coffee with the Caps we don’t endorse probing the dark web for streams but given the importance of this matter, use your best judgement.
Without further ado...
Montreal Impact vs. Columbus Crew: No Nacho Piatti makes this less entertaining than it might otherwise have been but at the end of the day these are two likely playoff teams. Worth a watch if you’re not out to brunch. Our rating: B+
Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes: We all know how ... uh dynamic the Dynamo offense can be and, their recent victory over Portland notwithstanding, San Jose have had trouble containing lesser attacks this season. Add in the fact that roughly 30 people will be in attendance and this is one you can skip if you have to do actual productive things. Our rating: D
Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: Would you believe me if I told you this could be an MLS Cup final matchup? You probably wouldn’t have at the beginning of the season, after Toronto FC were embarassingly dispatched in the CONCACAF Champions League. But the arrival of Alejandro Pozuelo and a fit Jozy Altidore have changed things. Meanwhile, Seattle have looked the part of an elite Western Conference side early on. The best of the Saturday matches. Our rating: A
Minnesota United vs. NYCFC: Worth a watch to get a glimpse of Minnesota’s brand spanking new Allianz Field. Our rating: B+
New England Revolution vs. Atlanta United: Raise your hand if you thought Atlanta would be last in the East four matches in. Now put your hand down. It’s put up or shut up time for Frank de Boer and he won’t get a better chance than against the Revs. Our rating: C-
FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers: The Timbers are reeling, meanwhile FC Dallas are just a match removed from a 4-goal thrashing of Real Salt Lake. Worth getting a peek at young playmaker Paxton Pomykal and a potentially dangerous Hoops team. Our rating: C+
Colorado Rapids vs. DC United: A ragged DC United and a questionable status for Wayne Rooney make this less entertaining than it could have. Our rating: B-
Real Salt Lake vs. Orlando City: Skip it and go to dinner instead. Our rating: D
LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union: Both teams are in surprisingly good form and have had the look of contenders early on. Watch this match to cheer Zlatan without shame (sorry I had to). Our rating: A-
LAFC vs. FC Cinncinati: LAFC are the most entertaining team in the league to watch and the novelty of FC Cincy has yet to wear off for me. A good one to fall asleep to. Our rating: C+
Now, onto the links:
Shameless Self Promotion
Our usual plethora of pre-match coverage is ready for your reading pleasure: Caleb breaks down tonight’s matchup, I sat down with our friends over at the Fire SB Nation blog to learn more about what to expect and don’t forget to get your lineup predictions in prior to kickoff.
Best of the Rest
I didn’t want to lead with it but I’m sure most of you have seen the Guardian expose on systemic abuse issues within Canadian soccer and the Whitecaps organization. It was shameful before and it is shameful now. Simply put, it is time for Bob Lenarduzzi to provide meaningful answers and actions or resign.
Our old buddy David Ousted will be facing off against his former club. Read more about that reunion here.
More from JJ Adams, as he takes a look at what In-Beom Hwang’s role will be going forward
The GA Cup kicks off today and that includes the Caps’ youth team. Get a feel for which young players will be looking to impress here
Have a great weekend you all and I’ll see you at the match later