MLS this weekend: TV and streaming schedule, game of the week, player to watch, power rankings

After an action-packed opening weekend that featured someamazinggoals, Major League Soccer returns for Round 2.

The weekend features a Western Conference heavyweight showdown Saturday between Los Angeles FC and the Seattle Sounders at Banc of California Stadium (6 p.m. ET on ESPN). Capping the weekend's slate of games will be a triumphant Javier "Chicharito" Hernández returning to Los Angeles as his Galaxy take on the New York Red Bulls on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET on FS1). After experiencing a nightmarish 2020 campaign, Chicharito put forth one of the more inspiring performances of the league's opening weekend.

Here is what you need to know for the second weekend of the 2021 MLS season:

MLS game of the week

Los Angeles FC vs. Seattle Sounders (Saturday, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN) – Los Angeles is 5-4-1 all-time against the Sounders, but Seattle has knocked LAFC out of the MLS Cup Playoffs the past two seasons, including a 3-1 Sounders win last year. Both teams won their season opener last week, as Seattle proved to be capable of scoring without its injured star, Jordan Morris, defeating Minnesota United, 4-0. LAFC won against expansion team Austin FC, 2-0.

MLS player to watch

Javier "Chicharito" Hernández – The Los Angeles Galaxy’s star center forward scored two goals against David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF one week ago. In a span of just 11 minutes, the former Manchester United and Mexico striker equaled his goal tally from 2020. The Galaxy host the New York Red Bulls on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, FS1). Can Chicharito add to his scoring tally and put his previous woes behind him?

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