National TV: Three matches headline weekend slate in MLS

Sporting Kansas City fans will be locked in on Sunday's matchup against Minnesota United FC as Week 12 of the MLS regular season unfolds. And for fans who want an extra dose of MLS this weekend, three matches will be available to national audiences, as detailed below.

Portland Timbers vs. LAFC | 2 p.m. CT Saturday, FOX

This intriguing Western Conference clash will be the benefactor of a FOX lead-in from the English FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United. LAFC (6-2-2, 20 points) is lurking just three points behind Sporting KC at the top of the West, while the Timbers (4-3-2, 14 points) have rattled off four straight wins after enduring a tumultuous start to the campaign.

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo | 3 p.m. CT Sunday, Twitter & UniMas

Neither Chicago (3-5-2, 11 points) nor Houston (3-3-3, 12 points) have found a consistent rhythm through the first third of the season. The Fire have already lost three times on home soil and will be eager to take maximum points against a Houston side that has just one regular season road win since the start of 2017.

Atlanta United FC vs. New York Red Bulls | 6 p.m. CT Sunday, FS1

A mouthwatering Eastern Conference showdown closes out Week 12 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Supporters' Shield leaders Atlanta (8-2-1, 25 points) conjured an impressive bounce back after falling to Sporting KC last week, knocking off rivals Orlando City SC on Sunday in Florida. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls (6-3-0, 18 points) have shown no signs of a Concacaf Champions League hangover and lead the league with a remarkable 2.55 goals per game.

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