Columnist: Jonathan Sigal

Matchday 13: What to know, how to watch on MLS Season Pass


Just one Rivalry Week meeting during Matchday 13, and it involves Philadelphia Union hosting D.C. United during the first midweek matchday of the year.

While games are coming thick and fast, three teams have a bye: St. Louis CITY SC, San Jose Earthquakes and New England Revolution.

As always, the below info is your quick-hit viewing guide:

  • Apple TV - Free = games are free to watch; all you need is an Apple ID.
  • Apple TV - MLS Season Pass = an MLS Season Pass subscription is required.
  • Tune into the MLS 360 whip-around show for live look-ins and analysis of all the key moments from every match.
  • MLS Countdown is your lead-in and MLS Wrap-Up comes at the end of the night.

Atlanta United vs. Colorado Rapids

With three straight losses in league play and DP striker Giorgos Giakoumakis questioning areas like intensity and mentality, this feels like a real gut-check game for Atlanta. The Rapids’ seven-game league unbeaten streak just ended, too.

Charlotte FC vs. Chicago Fire FC

Chicago’s new-coach bump (it’s technically Frank Klopas’ third time in charge) gets a whole new test when heading on the road. And they’re catching Charlotte at a tough time, with the hosts winning three of their last four games.

FC Cincinnati vs. CF Montréal

Montréal have quietly rattled off four straight 2-0 wins in league play, rebounding from a slow start under new head coach Hernán Losada (players returning from injury sure helped). But now they’re facing a Cincy side that had a Matchday 12 bye and can vault into the early Supporters’ Shied lead with a draw or win.

Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy

The Galaxy are coming off their best performance of the year, a 2-1 California Clásico victory where Dejan Joveljić’s uncanny super-sub abilities made the difference. But a wounded Crew side will be dangerous, as the hosts are winless in four (0W-2L-2D) and desperate for a result.

Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC

It’s been hard for NYCFC to shake their road form, now 0W-5L-2D when not playing in the Bronx or Queens this season. Maybe Nick Cushing’s group finally breaks through at Orlando, who have proven more up-and-down/middling than many anticipated after their busy winter transfer dealings.

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United

Last year, Philadelphia beat D.C. United by a combined 13-0 scoreline in two regular-season games. That first result (an early July, 7-0 win in Chester) prompted the hiring of Wayne Rooney as the Black-and-Red’s head coach, now offering a litmus test 10 months later for how much progress they’ve indeed made.

Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls

The Eastern Conference’s bottom two clubs meet at BMO Field with identical 2W-4L-6D records, yet different vibes surround them. New York travel north with a new-coach bump under Troy Lesesne, while Toronto have dropped two straight league games and aren’t coming good on their lofty expectations.

FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Without both winger Paul Arriola and midfielder Sebastian Lletget due to injury, FC Dallas’ depth is going to be tested. Maybe we see more from Sergio Córdova, Vancouver’s DP striker who was brought in during the offseason. He’s back after two months out with a right hamstring strain.

Minnesota United FC vs. Houston Dynamo FC

Minnesota need a get-right game in a bad way, going winless in their last six league matches (0W-5L-1D). Meeting a Dynamo side that’s without midfielder Héctor Herrera and attacker Amine Bassi due to red-card suspension provides a great chance to respond.

Nashville SC vs. Inter Miami CF

Nashville might have DP center back Walker Zimmerman back from injury, potentially a huge boost for Gary Smith’s squad. Miami are playing like a team reborn, too, rattling off three straight wins (including one over league-leading New England) after a six-game losing streak.

Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers

Let’s see what else the Evander show has in store, as the Timbers’ club-record signing is starting to meet expectations with 3g/2a in their last two games. RSL are there for the taking, too, allowing a Western Conference-high 20 goals this year.

LAFC vs. Sporting Kansas City

It’s now T-minus two weeks until LAFC begin their Concacaf Champions League final vs. Liga MX’s Club León, so head coach Steve Cherundolo might introduce squad rotation to keep players fresh. They’ll encounter a confident Sporting KC, who have rattled off two straight victories after opening the year by going 10 games winless (0W-7L-3D start).

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Austin FC

The Sounders, in some capacity, are set to get winger Léo Chú and defender Nouhou back from injury. Those little boosts add up during this hectic period in the calendar, especially when facing an Austin team that’s winless in eight (0W-4L-4D) and has not tasted victory since early March.