There are three huge fixtures at the top of the Western Conference this weekend. Leaders Vancouver Whitecaps travel to Children’s Mercy Park to take third on placed Sporting Kansas City. Second placed Portland Timbers are on the road as they face San Jose, while fourth placed Seattle Sounders also face an away fixture at Philadelphia. Just one point separates the top four heading into the weekend… who will be on top come Sunday evening?
Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
This is possibly biggest game of the weekend. SKC are unbeaten in their last 24 home games in Major League Soccer and their last three have all been wins at home. Vancouver Whitecaps had been on a fine run of form, but their unbeaten streak came to an end away at Seattle on Wednesday. Worryingly for Vancouver, in their seven-game unbeaten run they only played once away from home. SKC are a real force at home and should leapfrog Vancouver this weekend given their vulnerabilities on the road.
San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers will fancy their chances of taking three points away from home as they travel to take San Jose. The home side have lost their last two on the bounce, conceding eight goals along the way. While San Jose are still in the race for a playoff spot, their struggles have been all too apparent. Portland have only lost one of their last six and have a really good chance of finishing the weekend as Western Conference leaders.
Philadelphia Union 1-2 Seattle Sounders
Seattle Sounders prepare themselves for the long trip to Eastern Conference strugglers Philadelphia. While Seattle have not been setting the world alight in recent weeks, just two wins in their last seven games, they are definitely in the mix for the battle to top the West. Philadelphia still have a mathematical chance of finishing in the top six but their season is all but over already and results from this weekend will surely confirm that point. We expect a Seattle win.