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MLS Open Thread: Round 6

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MLS: Montreal Impact at Chicago Fire
Schweinsteiger takes center stage with the Fire
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A full slate of eleven matches are already underway in this, the sixth round of the 2017 MLS season.

Aside from Toronto FC's high-profile encounter with expansion-side Atlanta United on Saturday, there are several eye-catching contests on offer.

The LA Galaxy have already dispatched the Montreal Impact in Friday's single encounter aided by a weak opening goal and a soft red card, but up first on Saturday is another chance to see what the renewed Chicago Fire look like with Bastian Schweinsteiger now firmly ensconced in the side.

The new DP was superb last weekend in a 2-2 draw against Montreal, but this round sees his Fire face off against Eastern Conference leaders, the Columbus Crew. The Crew have quickly put together a solid start to the campaign, having fallen flat last season after their MLS Cup run.

Saturday night also offers a chance for Minnesota United to correct some of the misgivings their opening foray into MLS has brought about. Snow United struggled mightily in their first four matches, losing three and drawing one, conceding some eighteen goals in the process. But last weekend, against fellow stragglers Real Salt Lake, they managed a first win of the season by a 4-2 scoreline.

This round, however, presents a new, altogether more daunting challenge, as Minnesota head to Texas for a match against high-flying FC Dallas, who top the Western Conference at this early stage. Dallas are one of three remaining unbeaten sides in MLS – Toronto and Kansas City are the others – and they will be looking to rebound from that midweek disappointment in the CONCACAF Champions League, that saw them drop out of the competition with a 3-1 loss away to Pachuca, letting slip a 2-1 advantage from the first leg.

And finally, come Sunday there is a tasty all-Eastern affair that pits Orlando City SC against the New York Red Bulls in Florida. Neither side has really hit full form yet – Orlando is averaging just a single goal a game, while New York has conceded eight in five matches, hardly the stuff of champions – but they are both expected to be factors as the season wears on. Sunday offers a chance for either to jump-start their campaigns.

Enjoy!

Weekend Fixtures

Date Home Away Time (EST) View On
Date Home Away Time (EST) View On
Friday LA Galaxy Montreal Impact 10:30 pm TSN4 TSN5
Saturday Chicago Fire Columbus Crew SC 2 pm MLS Live
Saturday New England Revolution Houston Dynamo 2 pm MLS Live
Saturday D.C. United New York City FC 4 pm MLS Live
Saturday Philadelphia Union Portland Timbers 7 pm MLS Live
Saturday Toronto FC Atlanta United FC 7:30 pm TSN4 TSN5
Saturday FC Dallas Minnesota United FC 8 pm MLS Live
Saturday Real Salt Lake Vancouver Whitecaps FC 9:30 pm TSN4 TSN5
Saturday San Jose Earthquakes Seattle Sounders FC 10:30 pm MLS Live
Sunday Orlando City SC New York Red Bulls 4 pm MLS Live
Sunday Sporting KC Colorado Rapids 7 pm MLS Live
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