I think my any definition, today's MLS game of the week is the one in Seattle. Not only does it mark Freddie Ljungberg's return to Qwest Field, but it's an important one just through the pure playoff math implications.
However, it's a pretty busy day across the league, and here's a league-provided look at the other games:
FC Dallas at Columbus Crew, 1 p.m. (TeleFutura)In strange twist of fate, FC Dallas can set the MLS record for longest road unbeaten streak this weekend in Columbus. The Crew hold the record along with FCD, going nine road games without a loss July 10-Oct. 16, 2004.
Brek Shea has scored all five of his goals since May 15. He has broken second-half scoreless ties with the game-winning goal in each of his last three games with a goal (June 5 vs. San Jose; July 17 vs. Real Salt Lake; Aug. 21 vs. Chivas USA).Since taking over as FCD’s starting keeper on May 5, Kevin Hartman has not conceded more than one goal in any league game. The shutout vs. Chivas USA was his sixth in the 15 games since becoming the full-time starter.The Crew’s Steven Lenhart has scored four goals in the last four games – all in a substitute role. The only game in which he did not score in that stretch – Aug. 14 at Real Salt Lake – the Crew lost 2-0.