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MLS/national team doubleheader tonight on ESPN2

There are back-to-back soccer matches tonight on ESPN2: the MLS Eastern Conference match pairing New York Red Bulls at Sporting Kansas City at 5 p.m. PT, followed by the U.S. men's national team in a World Cup prep friendly against Azerbaijan.

The latter, of course, could feature Sounders Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin.

We asked coach Sigi Schmid if he'll be watching tonight:

"I’ll watch it," he said. "I’ll watch it and see what’s going on. There’s obviously been a lot of interesting news and everything else with the national team. But now is the time you’re rolling out the team, you’re making your final decisions in terms of the lineup, etc., and you’re hoping nobody gets injured, because that’s always a concern going into these last games."

Here's an MLS preview of the Eastern Conference match:

The reigning MLS Cup Champions will host the reigning Supporters’ Shield winners tonight (5 p.m. PT) in the first ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes game of the 2014 season. Both teams feature early Golden Boot favorites in Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer and New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips. The two have been on fire as of late, as Dwyer has scored six goals in the last four games, while Wright-Phillips has scored nine in his last six outings. The game is part of an ESPN2 doubleheader with the U.S.-Azerbaijan World Cup tune-up game following at 7 p.m. PT.

New England Revolution will look to add another win to their five-game winning streak on the road at the Montreal Impact on Saturday (4 p.m. PT TSN, RDS). The Revolution’s recent results have been aided by the performances of rookie Patrick Mullins, who has scored goals in four consecutive games. The Impact have been struggling and will be busy this week, beginning with the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship against Toronto FC at BMO Field. Montreal will look for a positive midweek result heading into the match against the Revolution.