Charlotte FC vs. NY Red Bulls (Saturday, 8.00pm)
It will be the first-ever meeting between both sides in the Major League Soccer regular season, though they did face each other in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup last month, with the Red Bulls winning 3-1.
We say: Charlotte FC 2-1 New York Red Bulls
It has been an emotional couple of weeks for the players and fans in Charlotte, and we expect to see a highly motivated and well-organised home team this weekend, eager to turn the page and use this turmoil as a rallying cry moving forward.
That should give them a psychological edge over a side who are extremely dangerous in the final third but have gone winless in their last two MLS road contests.
Nashville vs. Earthquakes (Sunday, 1.00am)
The Boys in Gold have won their last three Major League Soccer affairs and are currently sixth in the Western Conference, while San Jose had a four-match unbeaten run snapped before the international break when they lost 3-2 to Los Angeles FC.
We say: Nashville SC 3-2 San Jose Earthquakes
The best players for Nashville are in fine form right now, and while San Jose have a pretty lethal striker themselves, they have not fixed their defensive issues, and we anticipate Mukhtar and company will prevail because of their depth in the attacking third, along with their home fans, who always seem to provide them with that extra boost.