TV Report: Networks made picks for MLS Decision Day

Seattle-Real Salt Lake made the cut. New England-Montreal did not.

Broadcast partners ESPN and Fox have chosen the games they will air on Sunday, the final day of the MLS regular season. All 10 games will kick off at 4 p.m. Eastern and with three Western Conference playoff spots still to be claimed, both networks decided to go west.

Fox Soccer 1’s coverage will originate from StubHub Center, where the Galaxy hosts FC Dallas, which can claim the Supporters’ Shield by getting at least a tie. FCD is two points ahead of second-place Colorado, which finishes the season at home against Houston. The Galaxy will finish third no matter what the result but its point total could come into play if it reaches the MLS Cup final.

ESPN’s crew will be in Seattle. The Sounders have stumbled short of clinching in their last two games and host fourth-place Real Salt Lake, which in five regular-season visits has failed to garner even a point. In this scenario, however, a tie would clinch a spot for RSL and also possibly eliminate Seattle.

Both networks will be monitoring and showing highlights of other games, especially those involving the two other Western Conference teams straddling the playoff line that meet teams already eliminated. Sixth place Sporting Kansas City hosts San Jose and Portland plays at Vancouver. SKC and the Timbers are tied on points (44) and wins (12), the first tiebreaker. On the second tiebreaker, goal difference, SKC holds a slender edge of minus-1 to minus-2.

Only by wiping out a 12-goal gap in goal difference can New England sneak past sixth-place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference, but the conference title as well as the second-place slot that avoids the Knockout Round are up for grabs between New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC and New York City FC.

Playoff coverage starts a week from Wednesday with the Knockout Round. Broadcast outlets for those games have not been finalized.

MLS Standings:
54 (33) *NY Red Bulls 15-9-9 59/44
51 (33) *New York City 14-10-9 58/56
50 (33) *Toronto FC 13-9-11 48/37
46 (33) *D.C. United 11-9-13 51/43
45 (33) *Montreal 11-10-12 49/50
42 (33) Philadelphia 11-13-9 52/53
39 (33) New England 10-14-9 41/54
38 (33) x-Orlando City 8-11-14 51/58
36 (33) x-Columbus 8-13-12 49/54
31 (33) x-Chicago 7-16-10 40/55

59 (33) *FC Dallas 17-8-8 50/40
57 (33) *Colorado 15-6-12 39/31
51 (33) *LA Galaxy 12-6-15 54/39
46 (33) Real Salt Lake 12-11-10 43/44
45 (33) Seattle 13-14-6 42/42
44 (33) Sporting KC 12-13-8 40/41
44 (33) Portland 12-13-8 47/49
38 (33) x-San Jose 8-11-14 32/38
36 (33) x-Vancouver 9-15-9 41/51
33 (33) x-Houston 7-13-12 39/45
*Clinched playoff berth.
x-Eliminated from playoffs.

WEEK 33:
Sunday, October 23
4 pm Sporting KC vs. San Jose, KMCI-38/SKCTV, CSN-California
4 pm Toronto FC vs. Chicago, CSN-Chicago
4 pm Vancouver vs. Portland, ROOT Sports NW
4 pm LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, FS1, Fox Deportes
4 pm Orlando City vs. D.C. United, WRDQ-27 Orlando, WJLA (ABC7) Washington
4 pm New England vs. Montreal, CSN-New England
4 pm Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
4 pm Philadelphia vs. NY Red Bulls, TCN Philadelphia, MSG
4 pm Colorado vs. Houston, Altitude, ROOT Sports SW
4 pm New York City vs. Columbus, YES Network, TWC-Ohio, CW Columbus
ESPN2: MLS Decision Day Whiparound.
All times ET.


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