|Saturday, July 30|
|3:00||New York City FC||–||Colorado Rapids||MLS Live|
|Sunday, July 31|
|2:00||Sporting KC||–||Portland Timbers||FOX|
|4:00||Seattle Sounders||–||LA Galaxy||ESPN|
|6:00||FC Dallas||–||Vancouver Whitecaps||MLS Live/SN360|
|6:30||D.C. United||–||Montreal Impact||MLS Live/TVA Sports|
|7:00||Chicago Fire||–||New York Red Bulls||MLS Live|
|7:00||Philadelphia Union||–||Real Salt Lake||MLS Live|
|7:30||Orlando City||–||New England Revolution||MLS Live/TSN|
|7:30||Toronto FC||–||Columbus Crew||MLS Live/TSN|
|9:00||Houston Dynamo||–||San Jose Earthquakes||MLS Live/TSN|
All times p.m. ET
New York City FC vs. Colorado Rapids: The Rapids enter on a 15-match unbeaten streak in the league, though they are more dangerous at home than the road. The Rapids are undefeated at home (8-0-3) but only 2-2-5 on the road. Of course, Eastern Conference leader NYCFC tends to be better away from home – winning just three of 11 games at Yankee Stadium this season. The host will be looking to rebound after a 4-1 humbling at the hands of their rivals, the New York Red Bulls. Of a bigger concern is that NYCFC will be without David Villa, R.J. Allen, Federico Bravo and Ethan White due to suspension. Andrea Pirlo will be on short rest after the MLS All-Star game, as will Jermaine Jones for the Rapids.
Sporting KC vs. Portland Timbers: Sporting KC snapped a two-game losing streak with a emphatic 3-0 win over the Sounders last week. The host continues to battle through injuries, as Matt Besler will miss the contest with an MCL sprain. Graham Zusi will likely be questionable at best after being forced off with a hamstring injury in the Seattle game. The Timbers, sitting seventh in the Western Conference, enter off a home loss to the Galaxy and have a large hole in central defense as Nat Borchers was lost for the season last week and Liam Ridgewell will definitely miss out after sitting out the All-Star game (an automatic suspension).
Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Longtime Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was let go after last week’s loss to Sporting KC left Seattle one point off the bottom in the Western Conference. Interim boss Brian Schmetzer will try to get the season back on track against the surging Galaxy, winners of four straight in the league. New Sounders designated player signing Nicolás Lodeiro could suit up for Seattle in the contest. Meanwhile the Galaxy will have a pair of players on short weeks, Giovani Dos Santos and Jelle Van Damme, after starting the MLS All-Star game. However, Steven Gerrard may return for the Galaxy. The Sounders have one player, Clint Dempsey, who played in the All-Star Game.
FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Both teams lost an attacking player, although their stories are vastly different. The home side is in the midst of transferring Fabian Castillo to Trabzonspor of Turkey, while the Whitecaps send Fabian Castillo to Liga MX without him ever having suited up in Vancouver’s Blue & White. Dallas remains red hot and looks to maintain its place atop the Supporters Shield standings, while the ‘Caps aim for the humbler goal of handing FCD its first home loss of 2016.
D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact: Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti both participated in the All-Star festivities, with the Ivorian notching the lone goal for the MLS squad. Despite their participation in the annual showcase, both will be expected in Montreal’s startng XI as the Impact continue their push to the top of the Eastern Conference following a 5-1 rout of Philadelphia last week. As for the home side, D.C. is coming off a lopsided match of its own — although Ben Olsen’s team was on the wrong side of a 4-1 drubbing in Toronto.
Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls: At first glance, this appears to be a complete mismatch. With Chicago at the bottom of the entire league, the Red Bulls’ three-game winning streak against the Fire doesn’t appear to be in danger. However, NYRB’s absymal road record (only one win so far in 2016) matches up poorly with the Fire’s relatively prodigious four wins so far this season at Toyota Park. Sacha Kljestan is the only player from either team to have traveled to San Jose for the midweek MLS extravanagaza, with the Red Bulls midfielder going 41 minutes against Arsenal on Thursday.
Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake: Although both teams are currently in the thick of their respective playoff races, neither boasts particular good form heading into this contest. The Union were reeling after a humbling 5-1 loss in Montreal last week, while RSL is winless in six regular season games. Philadelphia is decidely better at Talen Energy Stadium, where seven of its eight league victories have taken place. The home side will see goalkeeper Andre Blake return from All-Star duty, with RSL hoping striker Yura Movsisyan will be able to play in Sunday’s clash following a hip flexor strain suffered on July 23.
Orlando City vs. New England Revolution: Jason Kreis makes his debut in charge of the seventh-place Lions in a crucial match against the side directly ahead of them. Both teams have players on short rest due to All-Star duties, with Kaka and Cyle Larin having represented Orlando while Andrew Farrell was the lone New England player at the showcase event. Brek Shea will be a gametime decision for Kreis, while Revolution coach Jay Heaps will be without a trio of attackers (Charlie Davies, Juan Agudelo and Femi Hollinger-Janzen).
Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew: The Trillium Cup is on the line at BMO Field as the Eastern Conference foes square off for the final time in the regular season. The previous two meetings ended in 0-0 and 1-1 draws, respectively, setting up a rubber match to decide the rivalry cup. But more importantly, both sides will be looking to secure maximum points in a tightening playoff race. Federico Higuain and Jozy Altidore both saw limited minutes for their teams last weekend, with both looking to make a bigger impact on Sunday.
Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Pitting two teams sitting below the red line in the Western Conference, the final match of the week presents a big opportunity to both Dominic Kinnear and Wade Barrett. San Jose got the leg up on this match-up with a 3-1 victory in California back in May, but the sides sport identical 1-3-2 records over the past six league matches. Each team is missing key players due to inury, but only the Earthquakes had participants in the midweek All-Star contest (Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham, and Kinnear as head coach).