July 9, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Portland Timbers (6-6-6, 24 pts) @ New York Red Bulls (7-9-2, 23 pts), 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes)
Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch's confidence in rookie Alex Muyl will be on display as the 20-year-old forward will in all likelihood assume the right side slot vacated by Lloyd Sam's trade to D.C. earlier this week. Muyl has one goal (against NYC in the 7-0 blowout) and two assists in 12 games (four starts). The Red Bulls also will have to find replacements – at least for a game – for Aurelien Collin, out with accumulated yellows, and Chris Duval, who was tossed in the 2-0 loss to NYC. Notwithstanding elimination from the U.S. Open Cup, the Timbers are unbeaten in six. But their last outing, a 0-0 draw at Colorado on Monday, was the first time they've been shut out this season.
New York City FC (8-5-6, 30 pts) @ Sporting Kansas City (7-8-4, 25 pts), 8 p.m. ET (FS1/FOX Deportes)
NYC is riding a team-record four-game winning streak since Frank Lampard joined the starting lineup, as well as a three-plus game shutout streak. The unprecedented run has it four points atop the Eastern Conference. Additionally, it's unbeaten away from home in its last five with four wins and only allowing two goals. Sporting comes in unbeaten in four, not counting the Open Cup, and has scored two goals or more in its last three. Dom Dwyer, who had a pair of goals in a 2-2 draw two weeks ago against Montreal, is out due to accumulated yellows. Although they've won their last two at home, Sporting's record at Children's Mercy Park is an underwhelming 5-4-1.