This is sort of an odd weekend on MLS scoreboard-watching for Sounders fans. There are six games scheduled. However, the ones that could move the Sounders forward in the league standings are all clustered Sunday.
Seattle (25 points), of course, plays at 8 p.m. Sunday against Houston. And if the Sounders win, they could move past New York (27 points) and Dallas (27 points) if those teams lose earlier that day.
The Sounders can't catch any of the teams playing today -- not this weekend at least. But they could be passed by some.
Here are the MLS standings heading into weekend action.
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And here's a preview of the games, from MLSsoccer.com.
TODAY Chivas USA at Toronto FC, 1 p.m. (CBUT, TeleFutura)All three goalscorers in the 3-1 victory against Columbus are 23 years of age or younger: Justin Braun (23), Blair Gavin (21) and Carlos Borja (22).Justin Braun has five goals in his last eight games after scoring against Columbus, and seven goals for the season.Since the start of June, Toronto FC have scored just four goals in eight games in all competitions, and haven’t scored more than one. TFC has scored more than one goal just once in their past 13 games overall, a 3-1 victory against San Jose at BMO Field on May 29.The game marks the first appearance of Toronto FC head coach Preki against his former club. Preki guided Chivas USA to a 40-29-21 regular season record and three MLS Cup Playoffs appearances from 2007-09. D.C. United at New England Revolution, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)Revolution midfielder Marko Perovic scored for the second consecutive league game directly from a free kick and for the third time this season. The Revolution have scored five goals in their last five games in all competitions – Perovic has four. “It's difficult for the goalkeeper,” Perovic said. “The Jabulani ball, it's difficult.”The Revolution conceded their first goal in 390 minutes in the 1-1 draw vs. Philadelphia, their first goal allowed in any game since July 2, when they lost 5-0 to Real Salt Lake.Since winning their only road game of the season – a 3-2 win at Seattle on June 10 – United have gone winless in six league games and have now lost three in a row. D.C. has scored just twice in that six-game stretch and has scored a league-low 12 goals in 18 MLS games.The teams are meeting for the second time this season. New England won 2-0 at RFK Stadium on April 3, their first league win in the nation’s capital since 2006.United have not won in Foxborough in three years. Their last victory at Gillette Stadium came Aug. 5, 2007, a 3-0 victory. Real Salt Lake at Kansas City Wizards, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)The Wizards now have two wins and a draw in their last three regular-season games – with a friendly win against Manchester United also in the stretch. “I think we’ve figured out what was wrong and we’ve kind of steadied the ship,” Jimmy Conrad said. “We have some momentum. To be honest, I think we’ve deserved a little bit of good luck.”Nelson Gonzalez made his MLS debut, coming on in the 88th minute, and scored his first MLS goal in stoppage time. “It was an amazing goal," Will Johnson said. "The finish is just world class. We see it all the time in practice. He has a wicked left foot."Gonzalez officially became the fifth player in MLS history to score within two minutes of coming on for his league debut – the fastest in MLS history – and the second this season, after Leandre Griffit did it for Columbus a week earlier.The teams are meeting for the second time this season, after RSL claimed a 4-1 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 29. San Jose Earthquakes at Colorado Rapids, 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)The Earthquakes saw their four-game unbeaten run since the World Cup break come to an end in the 1-0 home loss to Seattle.The Rapids have now gone winless in seven games after the 1-1 draw with FC Dallas and scored a total of just four goals in five games in July. Their last win concluded a stretch of three consecutive victories by shutout, May 15-June 5.Striker Conor Casey missed his first minutes of the season for the Rapids last weekend, unable to play after suffering lingering symptoms from a blow to the head that occurred the week before in Seattle.The teams are meeting for the second time this season. A Chris Wondolowski goal in the 33rd minute was the only goal in an Earthquakes win May 1. Colorado last defeated San Jose on April 24, 2004; the Earthquakes are unbeaten in their 12 meetings all-time with the Rapids, including all five (2-0-3) since the club’s return to the league in 2008.
SUNDAYPhiladelphia Union at FC Dallas, 4 p.m. (FSC / FSE)FC Dallas extended their unbeaten run to seven games – with their league-leading ninth draw of the season – in the 1-1 tie with Colorado.Before putting the regular-season streak back on the line, FCD will take on European champions Inter Milan at Pizza Hut Park on Thursday evening.It’s the first road game for Union since a 1-1 draw at Chivas USA on July 3. That was the second time they took points away from home in nine games this season, the first a 3-2 win at Houston on May 29.· Philadelphia Union midfielder Shea Salinas returns to his home state. Salinas attended nearby Grapevine High School and played for PDL team Dallas-Fort Worth Tornados during his college years. New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire, 6 p.m. (ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / ESPN360.com)With the signing of Rafael Marquez by the Red Bulls as their third Designated Player, there could be five DPs on the field together for the New York-Chicago match: Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry and Marquez (New York) and Nery Castillo and Freddie Ljungberg (Chicago).Angel scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season against Houston – set up for both by Henry. Angel has scored in double-digits now in each of his four seasons in the league, with 56 goals in 89 career MLS games.Goalkeeper Sean Johnson made his MLS debut in the 3-2 win against the LA Galaxy and made four saves, including a game-saving stop on Alan Gordon late in the contest. He made his professional debut during SuperLiga.The teams faced off in the season opener in the first MLS game at Red Bull Arena, Joel Lindpere’s 40th-minute goal giving New York a 1-0 victory on March 27.