The Pitch (Matchdays 13 & 14): Top Things to Watch in MLS this Week

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May 16, 2023 – Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

MLS Rivalry Week continues this Wednesday, May 17 as expansion siblings go head-to-head on Matchday 13 with Orlando City hosting New York City FC (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass) in the 21st meeting between these sides since they entered the league in 2015 while Inter Miami CF travels to Nashville SC (8:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass) in an expansion class of 2020 showdown.

The action continues Saturday, May 20 during the 7:30 p.m. ET window on MLS Season Pass as soccer down South heats up when Nashville travel to Charlotte FC, FC Cincinnati hosts the Columbus Crew in the first “Hell is Real” derby of 2023, and the battle for Florida kicks off between Miami and Orlando. The MLS Rivalry Week games kicking off later that evening on Matchday 14 include:

FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo FC (8:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass)

Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake (9:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass)

St. Louis CITY SC vs Sporting Kansas City (9:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass / FS1)

Los Angeles Football Club vs San Jose Earthquakes (10:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Seattle Sounders FC (10:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass)

Teams Eye a Climb as Six-Point Week Awaits

In the first week of the 2023 MLS season to feature two Matchdays, six points will be on the line for teams looking to climb the early-season table. Three teams who were victorious on Matchday 12 – Charlotte FC, Chicago Fire FC, and the New York Red Bulls – will look to ride their newfound momentum in what could be a season-shifting pair of games on Matchday 13 (Wednesday, May 17) and Matchday 14 (Saturday, May 20).

Winners of three of their last four, Charlotte FC (15 points, 4-5-3) have climbed into the postseason picture behind the play of newcomer Enzo Copetti (four goals), Karol Swiderski (three goals), and midfielder Justin Meram, who sparked the club with two goals against his former squad in Atlanta United last week. This trio of goal scorers will look to help the club continue their Eastern Conference climb with consecutive home matches against Chicago on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass) and Nashville SC on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass).

The Fire, who were 1-0 victors over St. Louis CITY SC in their first match under interim head coach Frank Klopas on Matchday 12, are looking to stop Charlotte and kickstart a run of their own this week. A shift in the lineup with 19-year-old standout Brian Gutiérrez starting on the left wing…

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