With the Sounders' victory over Chivas USA in their pocket, they're free to sit back today and scoreboard-watch as seven other MLS games play out.
The one that might get their attention most is Dallas at Real Salt Lake. A Dallas win puts them out of reach of Seattle for that fifth seeding spot in the playoff race. An RSL win clinches second in the West, which brings home advantage.
Further down the standings, anything but a Colorado loss and Kansas CIty win clinches a playoff spot for the Rapids, eliminates the Wizards, and sets all eight playoff teams a week before the end of the regular season.
Here's the day's schedule:
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D.C. United at Chicago Fire, 2 p.m. (TeleFutura)D.C. United were shut out for the 16th time in the 2-0 loss Saturday to San Jose, setting an MLS record for attacking shutouts in a season. Toronto FC, in 2007, and the New York Red Bulls last year, were blanked 15 times over the course of the season.Making his first start since Aug. 29, Jaime Moreno was sent off along with San Jose’s Brandon McDonald after just eight minutes in the 2-0 loss to San Jose. Moreno is still tied with FC Dallas’ Jeff Cunningham for the MLS all-time goal scoring lead, and will leave MLS after this season.The Fire conclude their Toyota Park campaign with the visit by D.C. United. They started the week with just four home wins in 13 games – the fewest in MLS this season. A year ago, they won just five times in Bridgeview in league play, tied with New York for fewest home victories. Columbus Crew at Toronto FC, 1 p.m. (CBUT, MLS Direct Kick Package)The Crew were shut out for a second consecutive game in Chicago, capping a stretch of four games in 10 days where three were played in Guatemala, Seattle and Chicago. The Crew are winless in their last five league games (0-3-2).Toronto FC were officially eliminated from playoff consideration for a fourth consecutive year, conceding three goals for a third game in a row in the loss at Chivas USA.Robbie Rogers made his first start since July 24 in the weekend loss at Chicago, after coming off the bench in the Crew’s two previous games (against San Jose and the Open Cup final vs. Seattle).The Crew had some other weapons come in against Chicago: striker Andres Mendoza made his first MLS start (after starting in CONCACAF Champions League games), and Gino Padula made his first appearance in more than a month.The Crew are unbeaten all-time against Toronto FC. Columbus won 2-0 on March 27 at Crew Stadium in the first meeting between the teams this year, improving its all-time record to 5-0-5 vs. TFC. New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union, 3 p.m. (FSC / FSE)The Red Bulls can clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a win against Philadelphia and a loss or a draw by Columbus in Toronto.While the Red Bulls were held without a goal by Real Salt Lake, Dane Richards continued his rich vein of form while on international duty, scoring the only goal in Jamaica’s friendly win against Trinidad & Tobago. Richards had four goals in the previous six games for New York.With Richards away, the Red Bulls started Mehdi Ballouchy in a central midfield role behind Juan Pablo Angel and moved Thierry Henry to a wide left position, with Joel Lindpere on the opposite flank.Despite going down to a 1-0 defeat and losing for just the third time at PPL Park, Union felt pleased with their effort against the LA Galaxy when they allowed just three shots on goal (from six total attempts).Since taking over the right back spot Sept. 11, Sheanon Williams, a transplant from the USL-2 Harrisburg City Islanders, has helped Union record two shutouts and allow just one goal in three other games.
Kansas City Wizards at New England Revolution, 5 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick Package)The Revolution maintained their all-time unbeaten record at Houston’s Robertson Stadium with a 2-1 win Sunday, their first victory since Sept. 4.Bobby Shuttleworth started in goal for New England and was credited with his first MLS victory as a starter. He had made two previous league starts: a 3-0 loss to Seattle on June 5, and a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Aug. 21.If the Wizards come away with victories in Chicago and New England on their two-game road trip, they could reach the final home game of the season against San Jose with a postseason spot in play. FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick Package)Two teams riding the longest unbeaten streaks in MLS this season meet at Rio Tinto Stadium. FC Dallas has a chance to make history; they extended their undefeated streak to 19 games in the 2-2 draw with Colorado, matching the Columbus Crew’s all-time record (set over the end of the 2004 season and the start of 2005).Real Salt Lake are riding a 12-game unbeaten streak, matching the LA Galaxy’s run to open the 2010 season as second-longest in MLS this season. Real are also riding an MLS-record 24-game undefeated streak at home.With a victory, Real Salt Lake will clinch one of the top two spots in the Western Conference and will have home-field advantage in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal Series. Houston Dynamo at San Jose Earthquakes, 7 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick Package)Chris Wondolowski is just one goal away from the San Jose club record, set by Ronald Cerritos back in 1999 when he scored 15 goals.Wondolowski, whose career-high was four goals entering the season, has scored the Earthquakes’ last six goals. The last Quakes other than Wondolowski to score were Khari Stephenson and Geovanni, in a 2-1 win at Houston on Sept. 5.After conceding the two goals to New England, the Houston Dynamo are now level with the Revolution for the most goals allowed this season (48). The Dynamo allowed less than a goal per game in two of the last three seasons (2007 and 2009). Colorado Rapids at LA Galaxy, 7:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick Package)The Galaxy have secured one of the top two spots in the Western Conference, and with a victory against Colorado, can win the Supporters’ Shield for the third time (also 1998 and 2002).The Galaxy posted their 12th shutout of the season – but their first in nearly two months – in the 1-0 win at Philadelphia. Nine of their 12 shutouts have come on the road.Jeff Larentowicz scored two goals in a game for the first time in his MLS career in the Rapids’ draw at FC Dallas. His four goals this season match his career-high, set in 2008 with New England.With one point from either of their final two games – or the failure by Kansas City to win all three of their remaining games –the Rapids will secure their first postseason berth since 2006.