Don’t look now, but the second half of the 2019 season is already underway for all 24 teams.
[ FOLLOW: Friday night’s MLS action ]
In the Eastern Conference, four teams currently sit within six points of the seventh and final playoff place; in the West, four teams are within seven points. The only teams not currently occupying a playoff place of factoring into those numbers are expansion side FC Cincinnati and Colorado Rapids.
That means that just about every game played between now and the end of the regular season in October will carry some weight of playoff significance, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET with back-to-back-to-back games featuring six teams either currently in a playoff place or tied for one.
As far as Friday night slates go, this one is loaded.
Friday’s MLS schedule
D.C. United v. New England Revolution — 7 p.m. ET
Houston Dynamo v. Los Angeles FC — 9 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy v. San Jose Earthquakes — 11 p.m. ET
Montreal Impact v. Toronto FC — 7:30 p.m. ET
Orlando City SC v. Columbus Crew — 7:30 p.m. ET
Chicago Fire v. FC Cincinnati — 8 p.m. ET
Minnesota United v. FC Dallas — 8 p.m. ET
Real Salt Lake v. Philadelphia Union — 10 p.m. ET
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Sporting KC — 10 p.m. ET
Portland Timbers v. Colorado Rapids — 10 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders v. Atlanta United — 4 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls v. New York City FC — 6:30 p.m. ET
Hit the link above to follow along with the scores this evening, and check back on PST for full recaps of each game.