The Sounders don't get back into action until Sunday, but this will be a busy day across MLS with eight games on tap, including at least three readily available on most Puget Sound-area cable systems.
Here are some quick previews from MLS:
Saturday, July 27Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew, 11 a.m. (TSN)· The teams are playing for the second time this season. Dominic Oduro’s first-half goal gave the Crew a 1-0 victory May 18 at BMO Field.· In 17 all-time meetings between the teams, Toronto FC have won just once -- a 4-2 win Sept. 10, 2011 at Columbus Crew Stadium. The Crew have never lost at BMO Field, winning on each of their last two visits.
· Toronto FC suffered a third consecutive shutout last weekend in a scoreless draw with the New York Red Bulls, which extended their current winless run to six games.
· It’s now been more than a year since Toronto FC won at BMO Field. Their only home victory since last July 18, when they defeated Colorado 2-1, came on March 9 of this year – a 2-1 win against Sporting Kansas City at Rogers Centre.
· The Crew lost for the fifth time in the last seven games in their 2-0 defeat by New England at Crew Stadium, their fourth loss in 10 home games this season.
Montreal Impact vs. Sporting Kansas City, 4 p.m. (TSN2, RDS)· Soony Saad scored his third goal over the last two games as Sporting won their third in a row and extended their unbeaten run to six games in their 2-1 come-from-behind win at Real Salt Lake.
· The Impact saw their winless streak reach five games, shut out at the offensive end for the first time this year in back-to-back games following their scoreless draw with FC Dallas at Stade Saputo.
· The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Goals from Sanna Nyassi and Collen Warner early in the second half propelled the Impact to a 2-1 victory, June 1 at Sporting Park. Sporting won 2-0 at home on March 30 on goals from Claudio Bieler and Graham Zusi.
· Sporting have come away with points on their two trips to Montréal, recording a victory on their visit before the teams played to a scoreless draw, both in the Impact’s inaugural MLS season.
New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake, 4 p.m.· Real Salt Lake had their eight-game undefeated streak put to an end in a 2-1 home loss to Sporting Kansas City over the weekend, their first defeat since May 11.
· The Red Bulls haven’t allowed a goal in their last two home games, the last a 4-0 win against the Montréal Impact on July 13. They have not scored a goal in their last three road games, after the scoreless draw with Toronto FC at BMO Field last weekend.
· Real Salt Lake have a six-game undefeated streak alive in the series between the teams, including three consecutive wins. The last Red Bulls victory came April 18, 2009, at the old Giants Stadium.
· RSL has never lost to New York at home in regular season play. Real have won the last four meetings at Rio Tinto Stadium; they have four wins in eight meetings all-time, with four draws.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m. (UDN)· Camilo Sanvezzo maintained his leadership atop the MLS Golden Boot standings with his 13th goal of the season in Whitecaps FC’s 2-1 loss to the LA Galaxy last weekend. Sanvezzo has scored 10 goals in the last eight games.
· Whitecaps FC saw their six-game undefeated run come to an end in the loss to the Galaxy, the longest unbeaten streak in the club’s MLS history.
· Philadelphia Union saw their home undefeated streak extended to six games in a scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers over the weekend.
· The teams have evenly split their three meetings all-time. Each team won 1-0 at home in Whitecaps FC’s inaugural season of 2011; the teams reached a scoreless draw last year at PPL Park.
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)· The Galaxy got goals from a pair of Homegrown Players for the first time as Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes both scored to lead the club back to a 2-1 victory against Vancouver on Saturday.
· The Rapids extended their undefeated run to five games with their first-ever point in Seattle, reaching a 1-1 draw Saturday with Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field.
· The teams are meeting for the second time this season. A Mike Magee penalty kick in the 50th minute was all the Galaxy needed for a 1-0 victory March 23 in Carson.
· The Galaxy are undefeated against the Rapids over the last two-plus seasons. The Rapids last defeated the Galaxy at home in 2008. In the five meetings since at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, LA has won three, with two draws.
· José Gonçalves scored his first MLS goal, one of two Revolution goals in stoppage time as they claimed a 2-0 victory Saturday at Columbus.
· The teams are meeting for the second time this season. They reached a scoreless draw June 8 at Gillette Stadium.
· United have a four-game undefeated streak alive vs. the Revolution, winning all three meetings between the teams last season.
Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire, 6 p.m. (NBCSN)· Adam Moffat scored his first career MLS two-goal game – both stunning strikes from long distance – to give the Dynamo a 2-1 win at New England in their last match on July 13. It was the second consecutive victory for Houston, following a seven-game winless run.
· Making his first start in four matches, Joel Lindpere scored his first league goal with the Fire and added a pair of assists in a 4-1 home win against D.C. United that snapped a two-game losing skid.
· Mike Magee kept pace in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his 12th goal of the season – one behind Vancouver’s Camilo – and his seventh in eight league games since coming to the Fire.
· The teams are meeting for the second time this season. A late Brad Davis goal snapped a 1-1 tie to give the Dynamo the victory, April 14 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
· In league play, the Dynamo last won in Bridgeview in 2009. The Fire won at Robertson Stadium in 2006 and 2007 in their first two trips ever to Houston – and have not won there since.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers, (Root) 7:30 p.m.· The Earthquakes return to action following a weekend off, after Walter Martínez scored his first MLS goal to give the club a 1-0 home win vs. Seattle Sounders FC on July 13, ending a two-game winless run.
· The Timbers recorded an eighth draw in 11 away matches last weekend, ending in a scoreless result with Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. It was their third scoreless draw on the road this season.
· The teams are meeting for the third time this season. They met earlier on back-to-back weekends, a Will Johnson goal giving the Timbers a 1-0 home won on April 14, then the teams reached a 1-1 draw April 21 at Buck Shaw Stadium when San Jose’s Adam Jahn scored the equalizer in stoppage time.
· The teams are undefeated at home in the all-time league series. The Timbers have won two of four matches in Portland, with two draws, while all three encounters at Buck Shaw Stadium have ended in draws.