4 games to watch in MLS Week 7

MLS Week 7 Matches
LA Galaxy defender Jorgen Skjelvik of Norway, and Chicago Fire forward Diego Campos (17) of Costa Rica, battle for the ball during an MLS soccer match between LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire in Carson, Calif. in Carson, Calif. on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The Galaxy won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

This weekend, MLS Week 7 features a diverse lineup of soccer action. All 14 matches will be played between Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, and while they all promise to be special, here is a selection of what we consider to be the best 4 matches.

1.- Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union

MLS Week 7 - Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union defender Olivier Mbaizo, right, handles the ball against Toronto FC midfielder Yeferson Soteldo, left, during an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

On Saturday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific, Toronto FC will host Philadelphia Union at BMO Field. The Canadian team will be looking for a win at all costs in order to climb a few positions in the Eastern Conference table, as they are currently in eighth place.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia will strive to continue its winning streak and keep its unbeaten streak, as it is the only Eastern Conference team without a loss after six games, with five wins and a draw.

Columbus Crew vs Orlando City

MLS Week 7 - Columbus Crew vs Orlando City
Columbus Crew’s Miguel Berry plays against Orlando City during an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Another interesting match in MLS Week 7 is Columbus Crew vs Orlando City. The home team has won, drawn and lost the same number of games (2). However, it comes into this match with two consecutive defeats and a total of three matches without a win. In order not to lose their place in the first half of the Eastern Conference table, they will have to win.

For Orlando City, which is coming off a close win over Chicago Fire in the last match, this game is an opportunity to keep up with Philadelphia Union, which leads the Conference, and take advantage of a struggling opponent.

This match will be played on Saturday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific time) at Lower Field.

3.- LAFC vs Sporting Kansas City

MLS Week 7 - LAFC vs Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber, left, keeps the ball from Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela, right, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

After the loss in the Traffic Classic to the LA Galaxy, LAFC will try to get back to winning ways to maintain the top spot in the MLS Western Conference, after recording four wins, one draw and one loss in six games. In Week 7 of the MLS, LAFC will face Sporting Kansas City, which is at the bottom of the table of the same Conference, after only two wins in seven games.

The home team will undoubtedly be the favorite here, since the visitors are coming with two consecutive defeats. This match will be played on Sunday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) at Banc of California Stadium.

4.- Chicago Fire vs LA Galaxy

MLS Week 7 - Chicago Fire vs LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy defender Jorgen Skjelvik of Norway, and Chicago Fire forward Diego Campos (17) of Costa Rica, battle for the ball during an MLS soccer match between LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire in Carson, Calif. in Carson, Calif. on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The Galaxy won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Chicago Fire have failed to win in their last two games and are coming off a 1-0 defeat in their most recent match against Orlando City. However, they will try to take advantage of the fact that they will be playing at home to unnerve the LA Galaxy, who are coming off a win over LAFC in the derby. If some results are combined, the Windy City team might finish third in the Eastern Conference with a win, therefore it is expected that it redoubles its efforts to achieve the victory.

On paper, the match looks attractive among all the matches corresponding to Week 7 of the MLS, as the Los Angeles team will try to achieve its third consecutive victory and thus move up to the first position in the Western Conference. It will be played this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific time) at Soldier Field.

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