In addition to the Sounders-Marathon CONCACAF game tonight (7 o'clock, Qwest and FSC), there are a couple of MLS games. Among them is the Chicago-at-San Jose game, which could have playoff implications -- meaning Sounders implications, since San Jose and Seattle are even in the points standings (but the Quakes have two games in hand). (*However, while the original MLS release below shows this game on ESPN2, the link below does not, and it's not showing up on my own cable listings for tonight. So.)
Here are previews from MLSsoccer.com.
Philadelphia Union at Colorado Rapids, 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)Union are coming off the second shutout in team history, a 3-0 win that Peter Nowak called the best result in the club’s inaugural season.The Rapids return home for back-to-back games, having won three in a row at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park by a 3-0 scoreline. The Rapids are the third team in MLS history to win three consecutive home games by three or more goals in each, along with Dallas (July 18-Aug. 25, 2001) and D.C. United (July 15-Aug. 13, 2005).While the Rapids were denied a famous victory at Real Salt Lake that would have ended the home side’s long Rio Tinto Stadium unbeaten streak, they say the result gives them confidence as they look for a first playoff berth since 2006.Conor Casey scored his fourth goal in the last five games; he and Omar Cummings have combined for eight of Colorado’s 11 goals over the last five games (since Aug. 28, the Rapids are 3-1-1).
Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes, 8 p.m. (ESPN2* / ESPN Deportes / ESPN360.com)Entering 2010, Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski had just seven career goals. He has 12 this season, tied for third in MLS along with Philadelphia’s Sebastien Le Toux and Toronto FC’s Dwayne De Rosario, and behind only the LA Galaxy’s Edson Buddle (13) and New York’s Juan Pablo Angel (13).Wondolowski’s hat trick was the first by an Earthquakes player since Landon Donovan and De Rosario did it in back-to-back weekends in September in 2003. That year San Jose won the second of its two MLS Cups.
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The Fire have suffered three consecutive 1-0 losses, the third time it’s happened in MLS history – and the second in Chicago club history. The Fire were also shutout 1-0 in three games in 1998 (April 8–17, the third, fourth and fifth games in team history), and it happened to Colorado in 2001 (May 16–23).