The Houston Dynamo welcome FC Dallas to BBVA Compass Stadium in the first match of the Texas Derby to kick off this week’s Viernes de Futbol doubleheader on UDN (8 p.m. ET, UDN). The Texas squads are both coming off draws last weekend. Fabian Castillo continued his hot start to the season as he notched the assist to Mauro Diaz’s goal that took the early lead for Dallas against the Colorado Rapids, while the Dynamo had to share the spoils with Sporting Kansas City in a thrilling 4-4 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium. Dallas has won the past two regular season meetings between the two sides, but Houston leads the overall series 9-5-7. Which side will take the next step in securing the El Capitán trophy?
Western Conference rivals Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes battle at Rio Tinto Stadium to cap off the Viernes de Futbol doubleheader on UDN (10 p.m. ET, UDN). Real Salt Lake will be glad to return home to Rio Tinto after having been dispatched 4-0 by the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium and having their scoreless streak extended to 316 minutes. After having beaten the Earthquakes 1-0 on April 5 at Avaya Stadium, the Claret-and-Cobalt are now 3-1-2 in their last six matches against San Jose. Both sides will be aiming to come away with three points to move into the top six in the Western Conference standings.
Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps FC battle in Cascadia Cup nightcap
Cascadia Cup continues on Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. ET (TSN), when the Portland Timbers welcome Vancouver Whitecaps FC to Providence Park. The clubs opened Cascadia Cup play at BC Place on March 28, when Robert Earnshaw buried a 90th-minute game-winner to propel Vancouver past Portland. Although Whitecaps FC have cooled down from a blistering start, they remain atop the MLS table with 16 points. The Timbers, meanwhile, return home after Sunday’s 1-0 loss in Seattle. Now 0-2 in Cascadia Cup action and 2-3-3 in league play, Portland needs to gain ground in both tables. Whether or not midfielders Diego Valeri and Will Johnson make their season debuts remains to be seen, but history is on the Timbers’ side in this one. Portland has accrued a 6-4-2 record versus Vancouver all-time, with Vancouver picking up its two wins in the last four meetings between the sides.
Sporting Kansas City hosts in-form Chicago Fire at Sporting Park
Sporting Kansas City host the Chicago Fire for the first leg of MLS Soccer Sunday at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes). The Fire have responded to a 0-3 start with three consecutive wins, quelling concern as its new slate of designated players settle in. Ghanaian newcomer David Accam opened his MLS account in Chicago’s 1-0 win over NYCFC on Friday, while goalkeeper Sean Johnson extended his shutout streak to 249 minutes. To secure a fourth consecutive win, however, Chicago must become the first club to win at Sporting Park this season. Sporting Kansas City enter Sunday’s match on the heels of yet another wild finish. Benny Feilhaber’s 95th-minute equalizer netted the club a draw in Houston, making the third time in four games Sporting have either scored or conceded a goal in stoppage time. With Chicago in form and Sporting KC thriving at home, this intra-conference matchup should produce plenty of fireworks.
NYCFC trying to put breaks on winless streak against Sounders
A struggling New York City FC welcome Seattle Sounders FC to their first ever visit to Yankee Stadium to cap off MLS Soccer Sunday doubleheader (7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes). NYCFC saw their winless streak extend to six games after falling to the Chicago Fire 1-0 at Toyota Park last week. Seattle won their second straight game as a Clint Dempsey goal in the 77th minute powered the Sounders over Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers in front of 41,451 fans at CenturyLink Field last week. New York City will be looking to end their winless drought and secure their first win over a Western Conference team this season.