MATCHDAY: Union Head North to Montreal; Robbie Rogers' Milestone Day in MLS

MATCHDAY: Union Head North to Montreal; Robbie Rogers' Milestone Day in MLS

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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Today's Game:

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

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).