D.C. United and Orlando City SC take center stage in Wednesday’s lone MLS game at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes). The Black-and-Red extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, bringing it into a tie with New England for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Kaká and Co. make their first-ever visit to the nation’s capital looking to snap United’s 13-game undefeated run at RFK Stadium. The Lions needed some late-game heroics to salvage a 2-2 with New England on Sunday, but the squad fared well in its first match without winger Kevin Molino. OCSC and D.C. met at the Citrus Bowl on April 3, when Luis Silva gave United a 1-0 win with a dramatic 91st-minute goal
The Chicago Fire make their first-ever trip to Yankee Stadium as New York City FC play host to kick off the Viernes de Futbol doubleheader on Univision Deportes Network at 7 p.m. ET. This will be the second meeting between the two clubs after Chicago defeated NYCFC 1-0 at home on April 24 behind David Accam’s first goal in league play. The Fire are coming off a 2-1 home loss to Real Salt Lake, while NYCFC fell by the same score line to New York Red Bulls in the inaugural New York derby. The Fire will hope to snap a two-game losing streak, while New York City FC will be primed to put their star power on display and grab three points at home.
Red Bulls aiming to improve on recent dominance against FC Dallas
Fresh off of winning the first New York City derby, the New York Red Bulls travel to Toyota Stadium to take on a red-hot FC Dallas that has won three of its last four games to cap off the Viernes de Futbol’s doubleheader on Univision Deportes Network at 9 p.m. ET. After picking up their first loss of the season last week against the New England Revolution, a brace from defending MLS Budweiser Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips powered the Red Bulls to a 2-1 victory over crosstown rival New York City FC. FC Dallas also secured three points over the weekend, notching two goals in the final 30 minutes of play to record a 2-1 comeback victory over defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy. Midfield maestro Mauro Diaz set up both second-half strikes by Blas Perez, and reigning MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele was able to bring his assist total to four in his last two games. The Red Bulls lead the overall series 20-17-4 and are 5-1-2 in the past eight regular season meetings dating back to Aug. 23, 2009. FC Dallas will try to increase their four-game unbeaten run while the Red Bulls will look to build on their recent success against FCD.
Montreal Impact welcome confident Real Salt Lake to Stade Saputo
Following a Cinderella run to the CONCACAF Champions League Final, the Montreal Impact are hoping the club’s form in the continental tournament will translate into success in league play. Montreal returned to MLS action last Saturday, falling 2-1 to the Portland Timbers after a Dominic Oduro goal was not enough to complete the comeback. The Impact welcome Real Salt Lake to Stade Saputo for a Saturday matinee at 4 p.m. ET (TSN), the fourth all-time meeting between the two clubs. RSL leads Montreal 2-1 in a series where the home team has won each match. Real Salt Lake will be riding high this weekend, coming off a 2-1 road win over the Chicago Fire which saw the Claret-and-Cobalt break a 509 minute scoreless streak.
Whitecaps FC and Sounders FC square off in Cascadia Cup clash
Vancouver Whitecaps FC welcome Seattle Sounders FC to BC Place in their first matchup of the season on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (TSN1). The Sounders’ three-game winning streak was put to a halt last week as they fell to Columbus Crew SC 3-2. Sounders forward Clint Dempsey notched his second brace of the season and scored his fourth goal in three games, tying him for the league lead in goals with Crew SC forward Kei Kamara at seven. Last week, the ‘Caps cruised to a dominating 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union at BC Place. Uruguayan forward Octavio Rivero scored his sixth goal of the season with Pedro Morales and Darren Mattocks also getting their names on the score sheet. The ‘Caps have had recent success against the Sounders as they are unbeaten in five straight games against their Cascadia rivals going 4-0-1 during that time span. Both clubs will be primed to come away with all three points to take a step closer to hoisting the Cascadia Cup.
Orlando City SC looking for first home win
Orlando City SC enters its second nationally televised match of the week on MLS Soccer Sunday, returning from Washington D.C. for their first-ever tilt with LA Galaxy at 5 p.m. ET at the Citrus Bowl (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes). The Lions are still seeking their first home win after Friday’s draw with the New England Revolution. Although a date with the reigning MLS Cup champions doesn’t look promising on paper, LA is riding a 10-game winless streak away from the StubHub Center. The Galaxy extended that streak with Saturday’s 2-1 loss at FC Dallas. However, the loss was the Galaxy’s first since April 4, and they would have come away with a draw if not for Tesho Akindele’s 86th-minute game-winner.
Two clubs on opposite ends of the spectrum meet when Union host United
Philadelphia Union welcome Eastern Conference leading D.C. United to PPL Park to cap off MLS Soccer Sunday’s doubleheader (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes). D.C. United will be playing its second match of the week after a Wednesday home game against Orlando City SC. Although this is their first matchup on 2015, United has fared well against Philadelphia, going unbeaten in their past three matches against the Union, including two victories last season. Philadelphia, which went 6-3-8 at home in 2014, hopes to break a four-game losing streak.