Week 5 of the 2017 MLS season wraps up on Sunday with a pair of national TV games, one each in the tightly contested Eastern and Western Conferences.
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Up first, Orlando City SC and the New York Red Bulls will both be looking to bounce back from defeats suffered last weekend — Orlando, at the hands of Columbus Crew SC; New York, at the hands of Houston Dynamo. Cyle Larin enters Sunday’s home game with three goals in three games, from which Orlando have two wins. On the other side, Bradley Wright-Phillips, fresh off signing his lucrative Designated Player deal, has two from New York’s first five games (winless in three — two losses, one draw).
In the weekend’s nightcap, arguably the league’s two most anemic offenses face off at Children’s Mercy Park — one through frustration and inability to score, the other largely by choice. Sporting Kansas City have scored all of two goals and have been held scoreless in three of four games this season. Meanwhile, the Colorado Rapids, who last season conceded just 32 goals in 34 games (best in MLS), remain inarguably the least exciting, most tedious attacking team in the league. Someone has to score, or not.
Sunday’s MLS schedule
Orlando City SC vs. New York Red Bulls — 4 p.m. ET
Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids — 7 p.m. ET