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Around MLS: Week 6 Open Match Thread

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Six weeks in and things in Major League Soccer are still shaking out. Who's good, who's bad, and who is worth watching? Well, let's keep watching and figure things out.

First, a thing that happened: This week had the league's first midweek game of the season. The Vancouver Whitecaps took on the Columbus Crew in an apparently exciting 2-2 draw that you and me will have to read about in Monday's weekly recap.

Now, the weekend's matches:


FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids

Watch it on: UniMas

Kickoff: 4:00 pm pacific at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas

Match Rating: 2/5

Dallas will be looking to rebound from their loss last weekend to the Timbers and the unfortunate recipients of their ire will be the defensively sound but offensively inept Rapids.


New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew

Watch it on: MLS Live

Kickoff: 12:00 pm pacific at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA

Match Rating: 5/5

Two fun to watch teams that are starting to find their respective grooves in the Eastern Conference? Yes, please.

Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC

Watch it on: MLS Live

Kickoff: 1:00 pm pacific at PPL Park in Chester, PA

Match Rating: 4/5

New York appears to want this to be a rivalry of sorts and it is kinda working. Of course, some of that may come from the Sons of Ben pining for a team for years before getting one, while NYC has seeming stumbled into two teams without appreciating the first one they had. Granted, the Union look bad so far, but this is a good chance for them to turn things around against a quality expansion side.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls

Watch it on: MLS Live

Kickoff: 4:00 pm pacific at RFK Stadium in Washinton D.C.

Match Rating: 5/5

An actual rivalry match between actual rivals, both of which seem like they could turn out to be quality sides this year. The Red Bulls are near the top of many Power Rankings, but with only three games played they remain a wild card.

Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact

Watch it on: MLS Live

Kickoff: 5:30 pm pacific at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX

Match Rating: 1/5

Meh. They can't all be winners.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake

Watch it on: MLS Live

Kickoff: 5:30 pm pacific at Sporting Park in Kansas City, KA

Match Rating: 4/5

Two good Western Conference teams face off. I just want to watch all of these games.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Watch it on: MLS Live

Kickoff: 7:30 pm pacific at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA

Match Rating: 3/5

In a strange case of roll reversal, the Earthquakes take on the thugs of the league, the Whitecaps. The lack of Innocent Emeghara thanks to his DC mandated suspension takes this one down a notch.


LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

Watch it on: FOX Sports 1

Kickoff: 4:00 pm pacific at the Stubhub Center in Carson, CA

Match Rating: 1/5

This is always an intriguing match, but the recent form of both teams certainly put a damper on any enthusiasm for it. This match, as with every Sounders match so far this year, could be boom or bust as far as what we see on the pitch. Obafemi Martins will certainly do something worth watching and it is not in Seattle so the amount of "rave" "green" that we see will be minimal at least.