Confederation Cup players are back but many more Gold Cup call-ups leave their teams as we head into the second half of the MLS season.
This week's slate of games features one very good Eastern Conference clash, one reunion in Dallas and quality inter-conference battle in Colorado as the Chicago Fire take on the Rapids in a tilt loaded with quality match-ups.
Here is this weekend's MLS schedule:
San Jose Earthquakes at Real Salt Lake (10pm, Direct Kick)
D.C. United at Columbus Crew (7pm, ESPN2)
Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids (9pm, Direct Kick)
Houston Dynamo at Kansas City Wizards (9pm, Direct Kick)
New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas (9pm, Direct Kick)
New England Revolution at Los Angeles Galaxy (11pm, FSC)
Here is a rundown of this weekend's top individual match-ups to watch:
Week 16 Top Match-ups to Watch
Pablo Mastroeni vs. Cuauhtemoc Blanco
Geoff Cameron vs. Josh Wolff
Bakary Soumare vs. Conor Casey
Juan Pablo Angel vs. Pablo Richetti
Cory Gibbs vs. Brian McBride
Rodney Wallace vs. Emmanuel Ekpo
Frankie Hejduk vs. Chris Pontius
Ryan Johnson vs. Nat Borchers
Landon Donovan vs. Darrius Barnes
Dave Van Den Bergh vs. Jeremy Hall
Javier Morales vs. Ramiro Corrales
What match-ups are you most looking forward to? What match up did I forget to include on this list? What game will you make sure to watch? Are you skipping this week's MLS action to watch the Gold Cup and/or fireworks?
Share your thoughts below.