MLS 2013, Week 16 preview and fixtures: Time to kill off a character

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

MLS has two options: Kill off a character or have someone (Ben Olsen?) waterski over a shark.

International absences are still dealing blows to MLS matches (unless you're the Revolution and Jerry Bengtson threw a temper tantrum because Honduras didn't start him so he returned to the club), which coincides wonderfully with the league's midseason lull. Isn't this around the time when they kill off a character (Chivas)?

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas

Saturday, 5 p.m. ET - ESPN

Blas Perez and Rodney Wallace are both off with their national teams, which takes some of the luster off of a battle between two of the top three teams in the West. Seriously, a missing Rodney Wallace takes the luster off something.

Pick: Portland, 2-1.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC

Saturday, 7 p.m. ET - MLS Live

Why?

Pick: Stop it.

Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET - Univision Deportes

Remember when the Crew were the best, most fun team in the East last fall? The Impact are that, but they do it every match.

Pick: Montreal, 3-1.

Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Saturday, 9 p.m. ET - MLS Live

The power of a new coach is strong, but is it stronger than the power of DeShorn Brown?

Pick: Draw, 1-1.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. New England Revolution

Saturday, 10 p.m. ET - MLS Live

Clam chowder is good. What does Vancouver have?

Pick: Vancouver, 1-0.

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