The Sounders aren't training today and things look quiet for now. Therefore, maybe it's a good time to look at the full coming weekend in MLS. Here are brief previews from the league:
Saturday, August 17Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m. (TSN2, RDS) · The Impact have won just once in their last eight league games, after a second consecutive defeat over the weekend in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. · After the games of July 7, the Impact led the Eastern Conference. They now sit in fourth place in the division, two points ahead of fifth-place Houston. · United were shut out for a 13th time this season in their 2-0 defeat by Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening. It’s tied for the sixth-most offensive shutouts in a season in league history; D.C. United holds the record with 17, in 2010. · The teams are meeting for the second time in three weeks. United broke out of a scoring slump with a 3-1 win Aug. 3 at RFK Stadium, behind goals from Luis Silva, Conor Doyle and Jared Jeffrey. Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC, 4:30 p.m.· Federico Higuaín scored a pair of goals for the third time in his two MLS seasons to lead the Crew to a 2-0 win Saturday against New York, as they snapped a two-game losing streak. · Toronto FC saw their two-game winning streak – their longest since last July 11-18 – snapped in a 2-1 home loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday. · The teams are meeting for the third time this season. After a 1-0 Columbus win on May 18 at Crew Stadium, TFC took a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 victory July 27 at BMO Field – their first win ever against the Crew on their home ground. · The win in the last meeting was just the second for Toronto FC in 18 meetings all-time, the first since a 4-2 win Sept. 10, 2011 at Columbus Crew Stadium. New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire, 4:30 p.m.· The Fire won for a second consecutive match and extended their undefeated streak to four games with a 2-1 win Saturday vs. Montréal. After the games of May 18, the Fire were in a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, 11 points out of the playoff spots. They’ve gone 7-2-3 since, and are now just two points behind fifth-place Houston. · The Fire’s Joel Lindpere continued his hot streak since returning to regular duty, scoring his second goal of the year in the win vs. Montréal. Over the last eight games – where Lindpere has started five and played significant minutes in all – he has collected his entire season output of two goals and six assists. · The Revolution were shut out for a second consecutive match in a second consecutive defeat Saturday, a 3-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City. · The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Jerry Bengtson scored the game’s only goal to give the Revolution a victory March 9 at Toyota Park. It was New England’s first league win in Bridgeview since 2006. New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union, 5 p.m. (NBCSN)· Conor Casey collected his second two-goal game of the season, leading Union to a 2-0 win against D.C. United on Saturday at PPL Park. It was the eighth time in his MLS career he’s scored multiple goals in a game. · Sebastien Le Toux played a part in both Union goals and now leads MLS with 12 assists. It was his third game this season with two assists. · The Red Bulls had their four-game undefeated streak put to an end in a 2-0 loss at Columbus on Saturday evening. · The teams are meeting for the third time this season. They reached a 1-1 draw March 30 at Red Bull Arena, then Conor Casey scored twice and Antoine Hoppenot added a third in a 3-0 Union victory June 23 at PPL Park. · The Philadelphia win in the last meeting snapped a five-game winless streak vs. New York. All three Union victories lifetime in the series have come at PPL Park. Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 6:30 p.m.· The Rapids extended their undefeated streak to eight games with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw at Chivas USA on Sunday. It’s one game shy of the club record unbeaten run, set April 30-June 11, 2011. · Chris Klute leads the Rapids with seven assists this season after setting up the equalizer vs. Chivas. Martín Rivero – who heads the Klute for his first goal of 2013 – led the club with eight assists a year ago. · Whitecaps FC striker Camilo Sanvezzo moved back into a tie atop the MLS Golden Boot standings with his 14th goal of the season, starting Vancouver on its way to a 2-0 victory Saturday vs. San Jose. · The teams have evenly split their five meetings all-time. The Rapids won both encounters in Vancouver’s inaugural MLS season of 2011; Whitecaps FC won the first two meetings last year, before they reached a draw in their final clash. Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 6 p.m.· He came off the bench early in the first half, but Clint Dempsey made his Sounders FC debut in the club’s 2-1 win at Toronto FC on Saturday, its third consecutive league victory. Sounders FC are now tied with defending champions LA Galaxy for fifth place in the Western Conference and the final playoff position. · The Dynamo had their four-game undefeated run come to an end Saturday at Real Salt Lake in a 1-0 defeat. · Neither team has won on the other’s home ground in the all-time series. The Dynamo have won two of three league matches all-time in Houston, while Sounders FC have won three of the four encounters at CenturyLink Field. · The teams also set in a pitched quarterfinal in the 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs when the Dynamo were in the Western Conference, the Dynamo scoring the only goal of the series in extra time in the second leg. LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m.· Landon Donovan scored his fourth career hat trick, his first since Sept. 20, 2008, in the Galaxy’s 3-3 draw at FC Dallas on Sunday. Donovan now has 130 goals for his MLS career, four away from all-time leader Jeff Cunningham; his four hat tricks are one shy of equaling the all-time league record. · Álvaro Saborío scored his fifth goal in the last three games, converting a penalty kick for the game’s only goal in RSL’s home win Saturday vs. Houston. · The teams are meeting for the third time this season, with the first two games at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Galaxy took a 2-0 win on April 27 behind goals from Mike Magee and Charlie Rugg in the opening 13 minutes, then Olmes Garcia scored twice in a 3-0 Real victory June 8. · RSL’s victory in the last meeting was the first for a home team in the series since 2011, when the teams split their two encounters. Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas, 8 p.m.· FC Dallas still saw their winless streak extended to 10 games – tied for second-longest in club history – but snapped their goalless run at 465 minutes in coming back for a 3-3 draw with the LA Galaxy. The shutout streak is the seventh-longest in MLS annals, the longest this season. · The Timbers have gone three league games without a win – their longest stretch since opening the season 0-1-3 – after playing to a 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in their last match, Aug. 3. · The teams are meeting for the third time this season in league play. They reached a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas Stadium on May 8, then Darlington Nagbe scored the game’s only goal for a Portland win 1-0 at home on June 15. The teams also met in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, a 3-2 Timbers victory. · The win on June 15 was the first for the Timbers in five meetings, since winning the first match ever between the clubs, April 17, 2011 at Jeld-Wen Field. The Timbers are undefeated at home against FC Dallas. Sunday, August 18San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (UDN) · Kei Kamara scored two goals in a game for the second time in his return to MLS from the English Premier League, leading Sporting to a 3-0 win Saturday against New England. Kamara has three goals in his last two games and has seven in 14 appearances this season. · The Earthquakes saw their three-game winning streak come to an end in a 2-0 loss at Vancouver on Saturday. They’ve lost their last four road games in MLS play; they’ve won four in a row at Buck Shaw Stadium. · The MLS original clubs have evenly split their all-time series over the years, each winning 20 times, with seven draws. · The last time a road team won in the series came all the way back in 2004, when San Jose won at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City has not won in San Jose since Aug. 16, 2000, a 3-0 win at Spartan Stadium. The Quakes have won eight of the 13 meetings since in northern California, with five draws.