Inter Miami (14th, Eastern) at LAFC (2nd, Western)
Vamos, Inter Miami! Los Angeles FC is the defending MLS Cup champion and is second in the Western Conference with 40 points in 25 matches, seven points behind first-year St. Louis City. The Herons have nothing to gain by beating the Black & Gold except, of course, three points.
NY Red Bulls (12E) at Philadelphia (4E)
Vamos, Union! Inter Miami must focus on the possible; the Herons can catch the Red Bulls (29 points in 26 matches); they cannot catch Philadelphia (43 points after 25 matches).
Chicago (9E) at D.C. United (10E)
Vamos, United! Ninth place, not the Fire, is the goal, but right now that's Chicago. This is a tough one, because Wayne Rooney's squad is in 10th, with 30 points from 26 matches; The Red & Black and Pink & Black will be fighting for the same spot.
Columbus (5E) at Montreal (8E)
Vamos, Crew! See Philadelphia, above. Columbus already has 42 points after 26 matches, safely above the playoff line. The Herons need to make up ground on Les Canadiens.
Charlotte (11E) at Nashville (7E)
Vamos, Nashville SC. The Tennessee side has provided the Herons two of their most challenging, most exciting matches of the season in the Leagues Cup final and last week's regular-season scoreless tie. Some fans may have a knee-jerk reaction against Nashville, but they're on 39 points with eight to play. Charlotte has 30 with nine left. Charlotte is between us and our goal; we need them to drop points.