MLS Weekend Preview – April 22-25

Will the Galaxy ever lose? Will someone besides Edson Buddle score a goal? Will D.C. United ever win?

These are just a few questions to answer as this weekend’s MLS action gets under way tonight.

Here’s the table, and here’s a look at the schedule:

Thursday, April 22
FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders FC, Cowboys Stadium, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 24
New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union, TeleFutura, 4 p.m.
Columbus vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m.
New England vs. Colorado, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago vs. Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Kansas City vs. Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m.
Chivas USA vs. San Jose, FSC, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday April 25
Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 2 p.m.

Del Piero rejects MLS rumors

Alessandro Del Piero squashed rumors of his leaving Serie A giants Juventus to join the Red Bulls this summer, telling his official Web site, “dear friends, with regards to the question that many of you have asked me in recent days, yes, it’s true that this summer I will go to America but only on holiday,” he said. “Then I will return, that is certain.”

High-profile friendlies

The Chicago Fire will host AC Milan on May 30 at Toyota Park while Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Sporting Lisbon will join the Red Bulls in New York for the New York Football Challenge on July 22-25.

12 thoughts on “MLS Weekend Preview – April 22-25”

  1. I always look forward to a ESPN Thursday night battle. It’s even better since ESPN 3 has the game online as well. Clearly a big test for the Sounders tonight.

    I expect to be at Toyota Park this Saturday to see if the Fire can get their first home win. If they do then the future will be looking up for the men in red. The Red Bulls should further tell us if the Red Bulls are real, but the important result of that game may be the crowd count if nothing more. Other than that you have to watch the LAG game just to see if the Buddle express keeps on rolling.

    As to the Fire v. AC Milan, it’s a bonus ticket game for me, so no cost is involved, but it appears that it will be a B team coming to Chicago. B Teamers should be happy since Chicago has great Italian food.

    Hey if anyone from this board will be at Toyota Park this weekend let me know. I will announce a meeting place and we can get a picture to post!

  2. I love the Thursday games !!

    The weekend begins……in 7 hours !!!!

    MLS really has a great thing going, very exciting games all around.
    The Chicago-Houston game has to be the best of the best….I am jealous of EPLNFL.

    NY better sell out for NY-Philly !??!

    ps. Dallas-Seattle better not be in Cowboy’s Stadium…that would be very funny, 5k fans in a stadium that hold 105,000.

    1. Dallas plays at Pizza Hut Park, not Cowboy Stadium. But speaking of that, I wish MLS could relocate teams that don’t draw much. Dallas, Colorado, Kansas City, Chivas, and New England usualy lack for their home games, even in playoffs. Teams like Seattle, Philadelphia, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago and expansions Portland and Vancouver have the many die-hards who go to every game, win or lose. Imagine if we could market MLS in cities and states that live and breathe soccer here. It’d be intense! Teams like Columbus, New York, Salt Lake, Houston, DC, and San Jose are usually up and down. If their team does well, they draw, if not, then no. It’ll be great to one day see fans support their team no matter what, win or lose. Love to see the support for the other teams though. Keep it up!

    2. I feel the same way about a Thursday game. It gets you ready for the weekend. It also gets you in the mood to see other games and go out and see your home team. A Thursday game gives you a chance to see another game if your going out to the park on Saturday and if you do not have plans to motivate one to go.

  3. I hope LA are still undefeated when they come to Colorado in a couple of weeks. That would raise the profile of the game locally.

    1. Oh, we will be undefeated. Hopefully Colorado draws a lot more to that game regardless. Colorado has a great team, but not much support.

  4. Funny that the only stadium mentioned in this week’s line-up was absolutely wrong.

    Could you imagine the 300 Frisco fans and 40 Seattle fans in the 100,000 seat Cowboys Stadium?

    FC Dallas should play at the local park district grounds, they would draw the same number of fans. All those fold out chairs fans would bring would save the team the money of providing seats or benches.

  5. Seriously. Move these teams that don’t draw to cities that will appreciate them. Dallas and Colorado have teams, but St. Louis and Florida don’t? And Chivas shouldn’t even be a team. It’s a failed attempt at trying to attract Mexican fans. It’s not even working. Their home attendance is scarce and they have a hard time attracting U.S. fans when they share a stadium with the Galaxy. I agree with some of the other people. Move Chivas and Dallas to cities like St. Louis, Florida, San Diego, or Sacramento. Somewhere where the fans will appreciate a professional team. Games like the Seattle vs. Dallas game just look really bad on TV with all those open seats. It’s a shame because it’s a really nice stadium.

  6. moving dallas isn’t the answer. Before Clark Hunt took over FC Dallas there attendence was pretty decent. I think MLS needs to take the club away from Clark Hunt and search for a new owner.

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