May 25, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT
While you trade in your usual Memorial Day Weekend swim trunks and beer for a hoodie and hot chocolate (seriously, WTH?), you might want to ignore the Phillies for one night (because you know you’ll just be annoyed anyway).
The Union travel to Montreal (7 p.m., The Comcast Network) to face a team just ahead of them in the Eastern Conference. A win could vault Philadelphia to as high as second in the East (at least temporarily).
Predictions and the bare minimum of analysis to come below, but first a quick word on a milestone day coming to MLS very soon (maybe Sunday night).
In case you didn’t hear, the LA Galaxy acquired the rights to Robbie Rogers from the Chicago Fire on Friday. Rogers, a 26-year-old midfielder, is returning to MLS after playing most recently with Leeds United in England’s second division.
Oh, and he’s openly gay.
Rogers will be the first openly gay athlete to compete in a major U.S. team sport, and with basketball player Jason Collins not on a roster for next season just yet, he might be the only one for a little while.
Not to get too political, but I hope there’s a day soon when this isn’t a story. But right now, it is. And to have the league I love take center stage for a moment like this is really great to see. Many European soccer fanbases are not exactly known for their tolerance, and there are even recent (isolated) stories of similar things happening here. So to have soccer be the sport that breaks the mold on this is great. For it to be MLS is even greater.
Robbie Rogers is a great player, and he’s only 26. He wanted to play in Los Angeles, and Chicago received a great player — Mike Magee — in return. It’s a win-win for both sides, and a major win for the league.
It’s not exactly a Jackie Robinson moment, but it’s not far off. Good for you MLS. Good for you Galaxy. And especially, good for you Robbie Rogers.
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Montreal Impact (6-2-2, 20 points) vs. Philadelphia Union (5-4-3, 18 points)
7 p.m. — Stade Saputo — The Comcast Network
Prediction Sure to Be Way Off:
Jack McInerney will find the net again, and the Union will show themselves well against another surprising team early in the MLS season. But Montreal will find a way to get three points in the end.
Impact 2, Union 1
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