MLS is back in action this weekend including two games that will be available nation wide and should feature at least one USMNT player.
Glass half empty: the USMNT didn’t make the World Cup.
Glass half full: You can watch several USMNT players in club games in the middle of the World Cup!
I think my glass is leaking...
New York Red Bulls v FC Dallas - 6:00p on Unimas and Twitter
The Red Bulls are coming off a US Open Cup loss to the Philadelphia Union in the Round of 16 that knocked them out of the tournament. But we’re not the only one’s playing the “find a silver lining” game, head coach Jesse Marsch had this to say following the loss:
The Red Bulls are fourth in the Eastern Conference and have suffered just one loss at home. Tyler Adams and Tim Parker will be in action after returning from the recent USMNT friendlies against Ireland and France.
FC Dallas is also coming off a US Open Cup loss, theirs to defending champions Sporting Kansas City. Dallas is second in the Western Conference (also behind SKC) and have only lost once on the road so something will have to give. None of the FC Dallas USMNT hopefuls - including Jesse Gonzalez, Reggie Cannon, and Kellyn Acosta - were called up for the most recent USMNT set of friendlies but all are young enough that they could still be considered for the future and all should feature for Dallas on Saturday as well.
Atlanta United v Portland Timbers - 4:30p on Fox
Immediately following Poland v Colombia Sunday afternoon Fox will flip over to MLS action featuring Darlington Nagbe and Atlanta United facing off against his former team, the Portland Timbers. Atlanta was also knocked out of the US Open Cup in their most recent game, losing to the Chicago Fire 1-0. Darlington Nagbe did not appear in the Cup game but Andrew Carleton did come on for a handful of minutes. Nagbe should return to action this weekend, unfortunately it’s equally as likely that Carleton will not see the field. Atlanta lead the Supporters’ Shield standings by six points with an overall record of 10-2-4.
The Portland Timbers were the lone team of the four featured this weekend that were able to win their US Open Cup match last weekend, defeating the L.A. Galaxy 1-0. The Timbers are in 8th place in the Western Conference, one point back of the final playoff spot. There likely won’t be much to watch on this side of the ball from a USMNT perspective as their USMNT prospects, primarily left-back Marco Farfan, have found playing time difficult to come by recently.