The New York Red Bulls need to handle their own business when they host Columbus Crew on Saturday evening. With six other Major League Soccer matches taking place on Saturday, New York supporters will also have plenty of other contests to keep track off throughout the afternoon and evening hours. RBNY got a bit of help on Friday evening thanks to Sporting KC and Houston Dynamo playing to a 1-1 draw. Will Saturday also be kind to New York?
2012 NY Red Bulls scoreboard watching for September 15
Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union: Other than for those #PhiLOLy Tweets that give me a laugh, this game doesn't matter one bit to the Red Bulls. Neither side is making the 2012 MLS Playoffs, and Toronto will still be in the basement in the overall league standings even if they win. Root for TFC just because, but don't worry if you never learn what happened during the game.
Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders: Outside of a loss to San Jose and the US Open Cup Final defeat at SKC, August was a rather solid month for Seattle. They enter this match on 47 points, one point ahead of New York in the Supporters' Shield race. You can ignore Portland being dead last in the Western Conference standings when it comes to this match. The Timbers will be all about taking the fight to their rivals on Saturday. Go PT (clap-clap) FC.
DC United vs. New England Revolution: Things haven't gone DC's way as of late. They'd be out of the 2012 MLS Playoffs if the regular season ended today, and Dwayne De Rosario is out for the rest of the regular season (at least). The Revs won't see postseason play this fall, but DC are facing what could prove to be a "do-or-die" game. A New England win or even a draw here could further crush DC's spirits. Wouldn't that just break the hearts of Red Bulls fans everywhere?
Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact: I've been saying it for several weeks: Watch out for Chicago. They moved ahead of the Red Bulls in the standings during the midweek with a solid victory up at Toronto, and they will host a Montreal side on Saturday that have earned just seven points in 14 away contests this season. The Canadian expansion side is currently seventh in the MLS East, but a win could, in theory, land them back in the top five of the conference standings. Hope for the upset, New York fans, but expect Chicago to earn all of the points.
FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: The most interesting match of the day, but also one that doesn't matter to New York all that much right now. Free-falling Vancouver, who are seemingly trying to gift a playoff spot away, are in fifth place in the conference and on 37 points. Dallas, who are attempting to recover from a rough first half of the campaign, are sixth in the MLS West and on 33 points. Pick your side, New York fans, as things will have to go terribly wrong for your Red Bulls over the next month for either team to affect RBNY's playoff hopes.
Chivas USA vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Chivas have won just three matches at home this season, but New York need LA2 to be at their absolute best on Saturday night. The Earthquakes continue to sit atop the overall league standings, and they are seven points ahead of the Red Bulls heading into Saturday's fixtures. Maybe Juan Agudelo can help his former club. Truth be told, I'd be thrilled if SJ were held to a draw.
I'm just not counting on it.
For more: September 14 MLS recap