The Sounders were off today, but they'll return to training on Friday, turning their attention back to the MLS regular season and their Sunday night home match with FC Dallas.
Meanwhile, most everyone else hits the pitch Saturday, with these games (as previewed by MLSsoccer.com):
Colorado Rapids at Toronto FC, 9 a.m.(MLS Direct Kick package)The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Colorado claimed a 3-1 victory on April 18 in Commerce City, as Conor Casey converted a pair of penalty kicks.The Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to six games, but were still frustrated after a third consecutive draw, in Sunday’s 1-1 tie with New York.Dan Gargan’s first professional goal gave Toronto FC a share of the points in a 1-1 draw with Houston on Thursday, keeping TFC unbeaten at BMO Field in seven league games this season.The game will feature players on both teams who traded places and have made an impact. Marvell Wynne has started every game in the back for Colorado after being obtained for Nick LaBrocca the day before the season opener; LaBrocca has started every game but the opener in the midfield for TFC. Jacob Peterson, signed by TFC from Colorado in the offseason, has started six of the last seven games.San Jose Earthquakes at Philadelphia Union
, 3 p.m. (FSC / FSE)Union kick off a four-game homestand with the match against San Jose, after the triumphant opening of PPL Park on June 27. Philadelphia’s next road game does not come again until Aug. 8 at FC Dallas.The Earthquakes saw their winless run extended to five games in the 1-1 home draw with D.C. United, but might have suffered a bigger loss as influential midfielder Bobby Convey suffered a rib injury.The game will mark the return of Convey to his hometown. Named the 1998 Philadelphia high school player of the year as a freshman, Convey was selected in the first round of the 2000 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United out of William Penn Charter H.S.Union midfielder Shea Salinas has latched onto a spot in Peter Nowak’s team, starting seven of the last nine games, both in the midfield and at fullback. Salinas played in 46 games for San Jose before being taken in last November’s expansion draft.
, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)It took Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle just 19 minutes to make their mark in their return to the Galaxy, combining on the opening goal in the 3-1 win against Seattle.Despite missing five games while with the U.S. World Cup team, Buddle still leads the Budweiser Golden Boot race, with 10 goals in 10 games. New York’s Juan Pablo Angel had pulled even – for about an hour – after his goal earlier Sunday in Colorado.In their last two visits to Salt Lake, the Revolution have conceded 11 goals in a pair of losses. The 5-0 loss on Friday had coach Steve Nicol questioning the club’s professionalism.The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Edson Buddle’s goal after just six minutes in the season opener was all the Galaxy needed for a 1-0 win at The Home Depot Center.D.C. United at New York Red Bulls
, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)On Sunday, Juan Pablo Angel scored his fifth goal in the last five games. His equalizing goal against Colorado on Saturday gave him a share – briefly – of the MLS Golden Boot lead.The 1-1 tie at Colorado was the first of the season for the Red Bulls, after eight wins and five losses in their opening 13 league games.17-year-old D.C. United academy product Andy Najar scored his second MLS goal in the 1-1 draw against San Jose, both coming in the last five games. He has four goals in all competitions.It’s the second and final regular season meeting this season between the teams. New York took a 2-0 victory on May 1, their first win at RFK Stadium since 2005.Columbus Crew at Houston Dynamo
, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)The Crew won for the second consecutive weekend after the World Cup recess, defeating Chicago 2-1 at home. “We outclassed them a little bit,” said Frankie Hejduk.The Dynamo faced three games in six days, but still came away undefeated – wrapping a pair of draws in league play around a win in the U.S. Open Cup.The Crew have never won at Robertson Stadium. The teams have played to 1-1 draws in three of the four meetings there all-time; the Dynamo posted a 2-0 victory Aug. 2, 2008.Chivas USA at Kansas City Wizards,
5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)Chivas USA were able to build upon a win in the U.S. Open Cup at midweek by putting an end to their six-game league losing streak in the 1-1 draw vs. Philadelphia.The Wizards lost for the second consecutive game since the resumption of play following the World Cup recess, both coming in shutouts, after the 1-0 loss at FC Dallas over the weekend.The Wizards have never lost at home to Chivas USA. Kansas City won each of the first five meetings on their home ground – four in league play and one in the MLS Cup Playoffs – before the teams played to a 1-1 draw at CommunityAmerica Ballpark last year.