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MLS Weekend Preview: 5 Storylines To Follow In Week 5

5 Storylines To Follow In Week 5

Kyle Beckerman Real Salt Lake
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With all of the rivalry games going on this weekend, MLS fans will have so much to look forward to. Not only will there be a rematch of the 2013 MLS Cup, but there is also Cascadia Cup and "Battle Los Angeles" games going on. Overall, this is one week of MLS action you will not want to miss out on.

Here are the top five storylines you should be following in MLS Week 5.

5. SKC vs. RSL Is Going To Be Very Physical

Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake
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5. SKC vs. RSL Is Going To Be Very Physical

Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake
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The game most fans have been waiting for all season long is about to happen, Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake. This game is going to have end-to-end action and will certainly be one fans will not want to miss. If you have players on your fantasy team who are from either club, it would not be a bad idea to give them the start this week. The picture tells the story -- this is going to be one physical game.

4. The Columbus Crew Will Be Hard To Stop

Justin Meram Columbus Crew

4. The Columbus Crew Will Be Hard To Stop

Justin Meram Columbus Crew

The Columbus Crew take on the injury stricken Toronto FC this week. For the visiting TFC, the club will be missing Jermain Defoe, the only player to score for the club this season; Steven Caldwell and Jonathan Osorio will also be out. Odds are certainly not looking in favor of the Maple Leafs, especially against a red-hot Columbus team. Federico Higuain is playing top-class soccer and will look to bring his A-game this coming weekend.

3. Cascadia Cup Could Disappoint Many

DeAndre Yedlin Seattle Sounders
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3. Cascadia Cup Could Disappoint Many

DeAndre Yedlin Seattle Sounders
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MLS experts have come to the conclusion that this game will probably not live up to the hype, for numerous reasons. Obviously experts have been wrong before, but when neither club is playing soccer at the level each is known for, it certainly makes fans question their quality of play. The Portland Timbers are desperate for a win, while the Seattle Sounders need to not give up any late goals again. Overall, this game could end a 1-1 draw.

2. Chivas USA Is A Favorite To Beat LA Galaxy

Erick Torres Chivas USA
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2. Chivas USA Is A Favorite To Beat LA Galaxy

Erick Torres Chivas USA
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To be fair to the La Galaxy, the club has only played two games this season, against the same opponent. Obviously there are questions being asked of LA, especially if the team is still a dominant force in the Western Conference. Chivas USA has been playing exceptional soccer and certainly deserves this win far more than the Galaxy do. Erick Torres and Mauro Rosales will power the "goats" to a victory in this hometown rivalry matchup.

1. Vancouver vs. Colorado Is A Must Watch

Jordan Harvey Vancouver Whitecaps
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1. Vancouver vs. Colorado Is A Must Watch

Jordan Harvey Vancouver Whitecaps
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While everyone in MLS will be busy watching Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake, or any of the other big rivalry games this weekend, the Vancouver Whitecaps will take on the Colorado Rapids. This is probably one of the best games that will happen this weekend, and most fans will not even be paying attention to it. Vancouver is gaining a lot of momentum right now, and will certainly look to use their fast paced offense on the Rapids' defense.