Major League Soccer 2012, Midweek 5 Preview: A Pair Of Oddly Scheduled Matches

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Kevin Alston #30 of the New England Revolution chases Ricardo Villar #11 of the FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

They're hard to find on TV and it's hard to find people in the stands, but MLS midweek matches are back!

MLS does their best to avoid playing midweek matches. Crowds dwindle, the money goes out the window and it's tough to even get decent TV coverage of the matches so there really is no advantage to playing in the middle of the week. Sometimes, though, it is unavoidable. The CONCACAF Champions League, friendlies and desire to avoid playing on FIFA international dates has rendered some weekends unplayable for some, or all teams.

Because of that, MLS gets a pair of midweek matches this week. Neither is on national TV (shocker) and neither is expected to be played in front of a huge crowd (shocker). MLS midweek action is here!

Real Salt Lake vs. Montreal Impact

Wednesday, 9:00 p.m. ET, MLS Live

Thankfully for the Impact, the Union have been Nowak-ed so they are not the worst team in the league, but that is all that is keeping them from the bottom. They look every bit the part of an expansion team. Salt Lake are the opposite.

Pick: Salt Lake, 3-0

FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution

Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET, MLS Live

Is beating the Galaxy in Los Angeles still the mark of a good squad? We're going to find out when New England take on Dallas because they may have won at the Home Depot Center, but even without David Ferreira, FCD appears to present a greater challenge.

Pick: Dallas, 2-0.

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