A host of entertaining games are set to take place over the weekend in the MLS, with the Texas Derby headlining all matches being played on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, the battle for the top spots in each conference will continue with the Philadelphia Union and LAFC trying to hold on to their first places.
Elsewhere in the competition, it will be interesting to see how DC United and the San Jose Earthquakes react to their coaches' departures. Both Hernan Losada and Matías Almeyda were sacked this week in an attempt to turn things around for these clubs, both of them currently in last place of their conference. Earthquakes' fans will be particularly interested on watching their team's performance against the Seattle Sounders as they look for their first win of the season.
Before we go deeper into the games being played over the weekend, here are the standings for the Eastern Conference.
Now, let's have a look at how things stand in the Western Conference.
A very special edition of the Texas Derby
As mentioned earlier, the big game of the weekend will feature FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo, who will add one more chapter to their rivalry this Saturday. Both teams make it to this game with similar records, but Houston will want to reduce the historic gap between them and their state rivals, since Dallas have won 17 out of their 48 meetings since 2006. Both teams have only lost one game this season, which gives us an idea on how tough this clash could turn out to be.
The Union face up and coming side
Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union will want to keep their top spot intact when they welcome CF Montreal to Subaru Park this Saturday. The Union lost their first match of the season against Toronto last Saturday, and if they want to keep the top spot all to themselves, they must go all when they welcome their Canadian visitors, who enter this clash on a three-game winning streak that includes two wins on the road, one against Cincinnati (4-3) and the other one against NY Red Bulls (2-1).
Los Angeles FC headlines Sunday's matches
The black and gold side will make it all the way to FC Cincinnati's TQL Stadium, where their hosts will be trying to put an end to their three-game streak without a loss. The hosts will be looking to win their first-ever clash against the Los Angeles-based team, as their only clash prior to Sunday's meeting ended in a 2-0 win for the LAFC back in 2019.