For the first time in what seems like forever, all three Canadian teams in Major League Soccer are good and have a shot at the playoffs at the same time. Vancouver is second in the tough Western Conference, but the focus should be on Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact this week as they travel to New England and New York City, respectively on Saturday. On Sunday, Portland heads to San Jose.
Montreal Impact at New York City FC – Saturday, 2:00 PM ET
MLS Odds: New York City -109, Montreal +264, Draw +252
The Impact sit sixth in the East after a 1-0 win over Seattle at home, where they have six wins, but they have just one on the road, which is worrying. Still, they made a splash with the signing of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who can still do a job in MLS, but it is up in the air if he’ll play this weekend. NYCFC won a wild 5-3 game against Orlando City SC and they’re tied on points with Montreal, but back one spot in seventh. However, NYCFC saw the debut of Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo and that can only work in their favor.
These two have met twice, with the expansion team from NYCFC winning both at home and away.
Toronto FC at New England Revolution – Saturday, 7:30 PM ET
MLS Odds: New England -101, Toronto +248, Draw +243
Toronto fought back from a 3-0 deficit to draw 3-3 on the road at Columbus to sit in fourth in the East, but they’re still level on points with the Revolution, who drew 2-2 at Chicago. New England has five wins and five draws in 11 home matches, so this will be tough for TFC, who has four wins and five losses in 12 away games, which is still an improvement over most years. However, Sebastian Giovinco, who has probably been the best player in MLS so far, limped off with a heel injury and might have to miss the All-Star Game on Wednesday.
New England has three wins and two draws in their last five meetings with Toronto, who last beat the Revolution in April 2013.
Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes – Sunday, 5:00 PM ET
MLS Odds: San Jose +137, Portland +188, Draw +220
The Timbers slipped to sixth in a 4-1 loss at FC Dallas, but they’re still in the mix on 32 points, which ties them with their rivals from Seattle and first-place Dallas is only six points ahead. The Earthquakes are in ninth and they have had a rough time of it lately as a 3-1 loss in Vancouver was their seventh in a row, but three of those came against in International Champions Cup play against America and Manchester United, then they’ve lost twice to Los Angeles and then on the road at Portland. They absolutely need a win to stop the bleeding.
However, Portland has won their last three meetings with San Jose, who last beat the Timbers back in February of last year in a friendly. In the league, San Jose last beat Portland in July 2013.