The Sounders are off this weekend, but every other MLS team -- except Salt Lake -- does take the pitch. That will allow some with games in hand to catch up a little with Seattle, and Colorado could go past the Sounders in the MLS standings, while San Jose and Toronto could draw even.
Here's a look at the weekend action from MLS:
Saturday New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC, 10 a.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)The teams are meeting for the second time in 10 days, after Joel Lindpere’s first-half goal gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 victory at Red Bull Arena. That was the last league game for TFC; New York lost 1-0 to the LA Galaxy at home over the weekend.For the first time since the arrival of Designated Players Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez, the Red Bulls went down to defeat in the reversal by the Galaxy.A rare giveaway from Marquez led to the LA Galaxy’s lone goal in the win against New York. “I’m not happy at all. I need more time to perform, to be at my best level,” Marquez said.While Real Salt Lake moved to within one game of the Columbus Crew’s all-time league record home unbeaten streak over the weekend, Toronto FC has very quietly extended their BMO Field league undefeated run to 17 games, matching the fourth-longest in MLS history. LA Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes, 1 p.m. (TeleFutura)The Galaxy’s shutout of New York was the club’s first since a scoreless draw June 26 at Toronto FC. After allowing just four goals in their first 14 games, the Galaxy had allowed nine in their previous five.Edson Buddle scored his fourth goal since returning from the World Cup. Buddle and Landon Donovan have combined for eight of the Galaxy’s 10 goals since South Africa, and have scored each of the club’s last seven in league play.In his first game after being signed, Khari Stephenson moved into an attacking midfield role for the Quakes and contributed his first MLS assist, setting up Chris Wondolowski’s winner vs. Kansas City. Stephenson was without a goal or an assist while playing nine games with K.C. in 2004-05.The teams are meeting for the second time in less than a month, after Landon Donovan’s last-gasp goal left them in a 2-2 draw July 22 at The Home Depot Center. Colorado Rapids at Columbus Crew, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)The Crew concluded their three-game road trip with a pair of losses wrapped around a win in Philadelphia. They now return home for back-to-back home games against Colorado and FC Dallas.Already without a pair of starting defenders in Gino Padula and Andy Iro, and a pair of midfielders in Eddie Gaven and Robbie Rogers, the Crew did not have Brian Carroll for the RSL game after he suffered a stomach virus.Pablo Mastroeni became Colorado’s all-time leader in minutes played in the draw in Philadelphia, passing the total of current Seattle Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson.It was a nice homecoming for Jeff Larentowicz, scoring his second goal of the season against Philadelphia Union. "All week I was thinking I would love to score here and love to give my family members who came out to support me something to see, but it's also bittersweet because it is difficult to score against a team that has Philadelphia on its shirt,” said Larentowicz, who grew up in West Chester and played in the area with Chestnut Hill Academy and club side FC Delco.Rapids striker Conor Casey was able to come on as a second-half substitute, after missing the previous two games with a concussion suffered against Seattle. Chivas USA at FC Dallas, 5:30 p.m. (FSC / FSE)FC Dallas extended its league road unbeaten streak to nine games, tying the MLS record set by the Columbus Crew July 10-Oct. 16, 2004. FCD has now gone 10 league games overall without a loss.With all-time leader Jaime Moreno on the opposing bench, Jeff Cunningham sealed the FCD win against D.C. United with a stoppage-time goal, the 128th of his MLS career – now just four behind Moreno.Rookie Eric Alexander, making his second start in three games, scored his first professional goal against D.C. United. Another rookie, Zach Loyd, the fifth overall pick this year, made his first start at center back, in place of Ugo Ihemelu (out with a concussion).Zach Thornton had not played since suffering an ankle injury July 10. But with Dan Kennedy out for the season after a bicep injury, Thornton returned between the posts for Chivas and recorded his third shutout. New England Revolution at Kansas City Wizards, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)The Wizards saw their four-game unbeaten run come to an end in the 1-0 loss at San Jose, the first time they had been shut out since three successive clean sheets June 26-July 10.The Wizards have a five-game league unbeaten streak against the Revolution. New England’s last win in the series came April 9, 2008; the Wizards have won four of the five meetings since with one draw.Coming into the week, five of the Revolution’s last six wins overall had come by 1-0 scorelines – including the victory against Houston last weekend. Four different goalscorers – Marko Perovic, Zack Schilawski, Pat Phelan and Ilija Stolica – have contributed the game-winning goals, with Perovic scoring twice. Chicago Fire at Houston Dynamo, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)The Dynamo were shut out for the third time in four league games in the loss to New England, which extended their club-record winless streak to 10 games.With a backline hit by injury and suspension, Richard Mulrooney once again reprised his role at a makeshift right back for the Dynamo, while Geoff Cameron made his first league start since suffering a knee injury April 24, playing in central defense.The Fire won 2-0 in the first meeting between the clubs, April 24 at Toyota Park. It snapped a five-game Houston winning streak vs. Chicago and was the Fire’s first home win against the Dynamo. SundayPhiladelphia Union at D.C. United, 11 a.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)United saw their losing streak reach five games, matching their streak to open the season and one game shy of the club record, set Sept. 30, 2006-April 28, 2007.In the days leading up to the FC Dallas game, Jaime Moreno – the final MLS Original – announced his retirement from the club following the season. Union played to a second home draw in the week, a 1-1 result with Colorado on Saturday following a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. Union now hit the road for back-to-back conference games against D.C. United and New England.Rookie Danny Mwanga, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 SuperDraft, scored his seventh goal of the season (and his second in as many games). The MLS rookie goalscoring record is 11, set by Chicago’s Damani Ralph in 2003.