Ranking this week’s MLS games from best to worst.
Minnesota at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and New York Red Bulls at D.C. United, 1 p.m. Sunday. The first two of seven consecutive home games for D.C. United in five weeks. Even if they get into the playoffs, will they have anything left to give? The Red Bulls must get three points from this game to keep pressuring Atlanta United for the top spot in the East.
Seattle at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Saturday. Big, big game in the West. The Whitecaps need three points. Seattle is in sixth place, one point ahead of their neighbors to the North.
Columbus at Dallas, 8 p.m. Saturday. A potential MLS Cup preview here. Dallas is trying to stay ahead of surging Sporting KC, while Columbus can walk down NYCFC for the third spot in the East if it can keep playing positively.
Atlanta United at Colorado, 3:30 p.m. Saturday. This should be easy points for Atlanta United. But, it has shown a tendency to make things harder than they need to be.
Montreal at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Gigantic playoff implications in this one. If either team gets three points, it is almost assured of making the playoffs. The Union, in fifth, have 40 points from 27 games. The Impact, in sixth, have 36 from 28. The seventh-place Revs trail by three.
Portland at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Dynamo have fallen apart, which should give the Timbers a chance to put more space between themselves and seventh-place Vancouver.
Minnesota at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Real Salt Lake became the first team in MLS history to score at least six goals in consecutive games. They could make it three for three.
New England at LAFC, 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Three points for LAFC.
Sporting KC at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Three points for SKC.
L.A. Galaxy at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Recent must-win games for both teams have resulted in abject performances as well as a new coach in Los Angeles. How about a goalless draw?
Orlando at Chicago, 5 p.m. Sunday. Think the TV execs regret this?