The Major League Soccer regular season is in its stretch run, and a number of games today hold massive playoff implications.
In today's early game, the Montreal Impact look to continue their excellent form at home when they host Sporting Kansas City. The Impact currently sit seven points out of the playoffs with just four games to play, so today's game is a must-win. Sporting Kansas City, on the other hand, is three points behind San Jose in the race for the Supporters' Shield and is also in need of a win if they hope to finish the year with the league's best record.
In another important Eastern Conference showdown, the Chicago Fire host the Columbus Crew at Toyota Park. The Fire aren't quite out of the Supporters' Shield race yet, and a win today would put them back in that discussion and consolidate their playoff position. Columbus, meanwhile, sit one point away from fifth-place Houston and could move above the Dynamo with a win.
On the West Coast, the Seattle Sounders face San Jose in a top-of-the-table Western Conference clash. Seattle find themselves nine points behind the Earthquakes in the race for the Supporters' Shield, so if they have any aspirations towards winning that honor, they need a win today.
Before watching, take a look at SBI's preview of the weekend's matches.
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Enjoy the action (Today's MLS Schedule is after the jump):
TODAY'S MLS SCHEDULE
1pm - MLS Direct Kick - Montreal Impact vs. Sporting Kansas City
7:30pm - MSG/MLS Direct Kick - NE Revolution vs. NY Red Bulls
8pm - NBC Sports Network - Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers
8:30pm - MLS Direct Kick - Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew
10:30pm - MLS Direct Kick - LA Galaxy vs. Toronto FC
10:30pm - MLS Direct Kick - Seattle Sounders vs. SJ Earthquakes