MLS 2012, Midweek 18 Preview and Fixtures: Why Are There So Many Wednesday Games?

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JUNE 17: Joel Lindpere #20 of the New York Red Bulls tires to push the ball up the field while holding off Logan Pause #12 of the Chicago Fire during an MLS match at Toyota Park on June 17, 2012 in Bridgeview, Illinois. The Fire defeated the Red Bulls 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

There are a bunch of MLS matches on Wednesday, including two at 1 p.m. local time. It doesn't make sense to us either.

Something is wrong here. Taking international dates off requires teams to play more midweek matches, but it feels like there are midweek matches ever single week and now there is a seven-match Wednesday. This is bananas, and not the good, delicious kind of bananas. This is the rotten kind of bananas.

New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire

Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. ET, MLS Live

Did New York have some hooliganism that required them to play a match behind closed door, but they decided to this instead?

Pick: 4, total attendance.

Chivas USA vs. Portland Timbers

Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. ET, MLS Live

Another 1 p.m. local start? That's two slaps for MLS.

Pick: Chivas, 1-0.

Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. ET, MLS Live

A reasonable start time for a Wednesday! And Toronto finally looks like a reasonable team! This is so weird.

Pick: Draw, 1-1.

Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution

Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. ET

You could walk over burning coals or watch this match. I'll go get the coals.

Pick: Not soccer.

Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City

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

Are we Dynamo believers yet? They're starting to put things together and look like the team that went to MLS Cup last year, but if the Geoff Cameron saga is ever sorted out and he leaves ... well they still have a very nice stadium!

Pick: Draw, 1-1.

Seattle Sounders vs. Chelsea FC

Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Normally friendlies don't matter, but Alex Caskey and Mark Burch vs. Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic! Seriously, that's a thing!

Pick: Chelsea, infinity.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. LA Galaxy

Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET, MLS Live

Who is going to right the ship in Le Toux-less Vancouver? They are winless in their last three and it is tough to imagine Dane Richards changing that. But as good as David Beckham was against Portland on Saturday, these are consecutive turf games on a short turnaround. Maybe the Caps' surface will right the ship.

Pick: Vancouver, 2-1.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas

Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

FC Dallas won a game! They won a real MLS soccer match! It's a miracle! It also won't happen again on Wednesday.

Pick: San Jose, 2-0.

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