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)?
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.
Saturday, 7 p.m. ET - MLS Live
Pick: Stop it.
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.
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.