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Sounders-Timbers caps coming week in MLS

MLSnew15The Sounders are off today. But here's a preview of the week ahead from MLS:

New York City FC and the Chicago Fire open Viernes de Futbol’s first doubleheader of the season at 8 p.m. ET (UDN) at Toyota Park. NYCFC hits the road on the heels of a tough stretch that included three games in eight days. The week took an unfortunate turn for the expansion club, which saw starters David Villa, Mix Diskerud, Jason Hernandez and Josh Williams sidelined by injuries. While NYCFC trudges through a five-game winless streak, Shaun Maloney and the Fire are trending up. The club responded to a 0-3 start with wins over Toronto FC and Philadelphia Union in their last two fixtures. Chicago carries momentum and fresh legs after nearly two weeks off , but NYCFC—despite its injury issues—is yet to lose a match by more than one goal.

FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids meet for second time in three weeksFC Dallas travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park looking to avenge a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Colorado Rapids two weeks ago in the tail end of this week’s Viernes de Futbol doubleheader at 10 p.m. ET (UDN). Fabian Castillo’s second career two-goal game helped FC Dallas rebound from their loss against Colorado with a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC in a game that was delayed over three hours due to weather. In the Mile High City, Gabriel Torres’ second goal in as many matches wasn’t enough as the Rapids fell to Seattle Sounders FC 3-1. Dallas will be poised to amend their loss against Colorado and stay near the top of the Supporters’ Shield race, while the Rapids will look to replicate their performance against FC Dallas this season.

East Coast-West Coast rivalry rekindled as Red Bulls host GalaxyA surging LA Galaxy trek cross-country to face an undefeated New York Red Bulls for the opening leg of Soccer Sunday’s inaugural tripleheader at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes). The Red Bulls, now 3-0-2 following Friday’s 2-0 win over San Jose, are the last MLS side without a loss. Newcomers Sacha Kljestan, Mike Grella, and Felipe Martins have joined Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam to give New York a well-balanced attack—something it will need to top LA. The Galaxy are kicking into gear after a pedestrian start to the season, securing wins versus Seattle and Sporting Kansas City in consecutive weeks. Although LA defeated New York, 4-0, in their lone matchup last season, it is yet to win at Red Bull Arena since the stadium opened in 2010. With both lineups likely at full strength come Sunday night, this match has the makings of a classic.

Toronto FC makes first visit to Sunshine State in matchup against Orlando CityOrlando City SC welcome a Toronto FC side making their first trip to the Sunshine State on MLS Soccer Sunday with an evening showcase at the Citrus Bowl at 7 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes, TSN). Orlando lost its first away game falling to Columbus Crew SC 3-0 last week. A two-goal performance from Toronto FC Designated Player Sebastian Giovinco wasn’t enough as Toronto dropped their fourth consecutive match losing 3-2 to FC Dallas. Orlando City hope to win their first home game at the Citrus Bowl after dropping two consecutive heartbreakers in stoppage time against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and D.C. United.

Seattle Sounders FC host Portland Timbers in Cascadia Cup matchupSeattle Sounders FC play host to archrival Portland Timbers to cap off MLS Soccer Sunday’s tripleheader at 9:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes). Both clubs rebounded with wins on the road last week after losing the previous week. Seattle traveled to Colorado and came away with a 3-1 win thanks to a two-goal performance from Lamar Neagle and an Obafemi Martins golazo. The Timbers escaped Yankee Stadium with a 1-0 win over New York City FC behind Dairon Asprilla’s first MLS goal and a string of big saves late in the game from goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. Sounders FC are unbeaten in five regular season matchups at CenturyLink Field against Portland, going 3-0-2.

MLS National TV Schedule

Friday, April 24

Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC, 8 p.m. ET (UDN)

Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas, 10 p.m. ET (UDN)

Sunday, April 26

New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)

Orlando City SC vs. Toronto FC, 7 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes, TSN)

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers, 9:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes)