MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER PREVIEW – WEEK 34

With the MLS First Playoff Round kicking off next Wednesday, this Sunday’s fixtures will be key for sides as they aim to secure those last few points.

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FC Dallas are currently top of the Western Conference as they sit with 59 points to their name. They will be keen to get three points against LA Galaxy in order to fight off second placed Colorado, who are just two points behind Dallas.

Colorado face strugglers Houston Dynamo who have conceded 44 league goals all season. This will add more pressure to Dallas as things heat up at the top of the league, if the Toros fail to win and Colorado claim three points at home then this will see Dallas drop down to second place.

Real Salt Lake and Seattle will battle it out at 21:00GMT on Sunday as they both aim to claim the final spaces in next week’s playoffs. The Sounders are currently one point behind Salt Lake but have won more games this season, with 13 victories to their name.

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Other games in the Western Conference include Sporting Kansas City vs San Jose and Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers.

These games are equally important as both Sporting KC and Portland are on 44 points. If results go their way and they both claim victories the pair can go as high as fourth in the league.

The main news coming from the Eastern Conference is that of Didier Drogba who has recently hit the headlines after falling out with Montreal Impact manager, Mauro Biello who wanted to leave Drogba out of his starting XI against Toronto last Sunday.

The 38-year-old refused to be named as a substitute and it was announced via Twitter that Drogba would be left out of the match day squad due to a “stiff back.”

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Following a weekend on strike, it has been announced that Drogba and Impact have resolved any issues held prior to Sunday’s 2-2 draw.

The side who are currently in fifth place in the league will face New England on Sunday, a side with a minus 13 goal difference.

Other games see league leaders; New York Red Bulls face Philadelphia. Current MLS Player of the Week, Bradley Wright-Phillips will look to carry on his impressive form and continue to lead the MLS Golden Boot race following his 23rd goal of the season against Columbus.

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City Rivals, New York City who are three points behind their neighbours come up against Columbus at home on Sunday.

This should allow City to claim three points and catch up on their rivals, if Red Bulls fail to claim any points in Philadelphia, a tough ask following NYRB’s recent form.

Bottom of the league, Chicago Fire face third place Toronto FC who have been impressive in front of goal this season with a goal difference of 11, nine better than that of second place New York City FC.

D.C. United will be making the trip to Orlando City’s Camping World Stadium on Sunday as they aim to fight off Montreal Impact who are just one point behind fourth place.

All week 34 games will be played on Sunday with the first play off round taking place next Wednesday and Thursday.

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Four of the weekend’s MLS games will be available on Sky Sports, with a 21:00GMT kick off time.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS VS REAL SALT LAKE – SKY SPORTS FOUR

COLORADO RAPIDS VS HOUSTON DYNAMO – SKY SPORTS FOUR RED BUTTON

LA GALAXY VS FC DALLAS – SKY SPORTS FIVE

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS VS PORTLAND TIMBERS – SKY SPORTS FIVE RED BUTTON

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