MLS 2012, Week 19 Preview and Fixtures: Try To Top This, Olympics

HARRISON, NJ - MARCH 31: Kenny Cooper #33 of the New York Red Bulls is challenged by Tyson Wahl #5 of the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena on March 31, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Olympics are cool, but MLS is where the drama really is

Everyone is really excited about the Olympics, which is cool, but let's be honest -- the Olympics don't hold a candle to MLS. The Olympics will come around again in four more years, but when is the next time you can watch guys play match number 23 of 34 for a playoff spot that they don't even need to be in the top half of the league to get? Exactly.

Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

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

The Whitecaps have overhauled their team in the middle of the season and are still closer to first place than they are to missing the playoffs. That totally makes sense.

Pick: Draw, 1-1.

Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, MLS Live

Both teams are playing well of late, but no one seems to care. That makes sense for Toronto, who are still bottom of the league, but what about Houston?

Pick: Houston, 2-1.

Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Live

The Red Bulls looked like they had the potential to be the best team in MLS last week and then they added Tim Cahill. He probably will not play this weekend, but it's the Impact so it doesn't matter.

Pick: New York, 3-0.

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy

Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

The first time that Dallas was on national television it was one time too many.

Pick: Draw, 0-0.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew

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

What should we make of Sporting? They should dominate, theoretically, but don't. Are they the worst great team ever? The best pretty good team?

Pick: Kansas City, 2-0.

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders

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

The Sounders have just one win in MLS play since May 9. The Rapids are a nice cure for their ills.

Pick: Seattle, 2-0.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire

Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET, MLS Live

So many Quakes players made the All-Star team that they will probably be tired and fall behind. Then in true Quakes form, they will stage a late comeback and win. They're the most predictable unpredictable team ever.

Pick: San Jose, 2-1.

Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA

Saturday, 11:00 p.m. ET, MLS Live


Pick: Chivas, 1-0.

Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

Sunday, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

We'll call this the Irrelevance Cup and no amount of Revs winning can change that.

Pick: Draw, 1-1.

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