July 16, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Seattle Sounders FC (6-10-2, 20 pts) @ Portland Timbers (6-6-8, 26 pts), 3 p.m. ET (FOX/FOX Deportes)
Portland comes into the weekend unbeaten in eight games, but has only one win its last five and one goal in its last three matches. Seattle finally ended its four-game winless skid and climbed out of the Western Conference cellar with a 5-0 win over league-leading Dallas on Wednesday, but will have to face the Timbers without Clint Dempsey, who got himself thrown out of the midweek match. Seattle's blasting of FCD came remarkably against form after it had scored only one goal in its four previous games. Darren Mattocks is still listed as questionable (along with goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey). That could keep the door open to Jack McInerney, who had his first start since May 28 and scored his first goal since May 22 to earn the Timbers 1-1 draw with Montreal on Wednesday.
New York City FC (8-6-6, 30 pts) @ Montreal Impact (6-4-8, 26 pts) , 5 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN Deportes; TSN2/RDS)
Ignacio Piatti, who has scored three goals in the last four games, will be missing for Montreal after the Disciplinary Committee gave him a suspension Friday for his ill-advised two-footed tackle of Alvas Powell in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Portland. NYC saw its three-game shutout streak come to end in dramatic fashion, giving up goals early and often in a 3-1 loss to Sporting KC last week. The Impact started the season with consecutive wins at home, but have only two wins in Montreal in the seven games since. Frank Lampard may have been maligned for getting to NYC late last year and his lack of fitness this season, but since making his debut in the starting lineup, he's scored in four of five games, including last Sunday's loss to KC.
New York Red Bulls (8-9-3, 26 pts) @ Philadelphia Union (8-6-5, 29 pts), 7 p.m. ET (FS1/FOX Deportes; TSN1)
This is the second meeting of the season between the two sides and first since the Union knocked the Red Bulls out of the U.S. Open Cup on June 29 in Chester. The clubs have two more meetings, both in October. Depending on the outcome of the Montreal-NYC match, the winner of this game could take over first place in the Eastern Conference. After a 7-7-3 record last year at home, Philly has been especially tough to beat at Talen Energy this season, winning seven of 10 with only one loss. After losing six of their first seven, the Red Bulls have a shot to get to the .500 level for the second time this season, but will have to win on the road where they are 1-7-2.