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Sounders-Quakes, and this week's MLS sked

Naturally, the Sounders' attempt to get back on the winning track against San Jose on Saturday will get the most attention in the Northwest.

Here's a link to the Quakes coverage from the San Jose Mercury News.

Here's a link to the Earthquakes' Web site.

And here's a quick MLS preview of the game:

San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders FC

7:30 p.m. Saturday

Coming off back-to-back losses, Seattle Sounders FC will once again play in front of a sellout crowd when they host the San Jose Earthquakes. Goalkeeper Kasey Keller should return to action for Sounders FC after sitting out Saturday's loss to Chivas USA through suspension. So far in his MLS career, Keller has played 299 minutes without allowing a goal. The game will be the fourth consecutive sellout of Qwest Field.

Meanwhile, here's an MLS preview of the rest of the league's schedule for this week:


Chivas USA at Toronto FC

4:30 p.m.

Chivas USA have the league's best overall record, undefeated in five games after last weekend's top-of-the-table victory over Seattle Sounders FC. Chivas USA travel to face a Toronto FC team that is winless in their last four games after a season-opening victory. Toronto FC have not defeated Chivas USA in four all-time meetings between the teams.

Thursday, April 23

New York Red Bulls at Kansas City Wizards

5 p.m. (ESPN2, Deportes)

This week's ESPN Primetime matchup features two teams coming off buoying results last weekend. The Wizards ran their unbeaten streak to three games as Josh Wolff scored two late goals for a 2-2 tie with Chicago. The Red Bulls won for the first time on the year as Juan Pablo Angel and Macoumba Kandji scored against Real Salt Lake, the first goals scored this season by a New York player.


Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew

4 p.m. (FSC)

Meeting for the first time since last year's Eastern Conference Championship, a 2-0 win for Columbus, the teams find themselves in different places to start 2009. The Crew are coming off a bye week and are still looking for their first victory on the season (0-2-3). The Fire are unbeaten this season, led by Brian McBride's four goals.

New England Revolution at Real Salt Lake

6 p.m.

Despite being hit by injuries, the New England Revolution are undefeated on the season as they head to Real Salt Lake, who have won both of their games this season at Rio Tinto Stadium. Since returning to action after missing the first two games, Steve Ralston has sparked the Revolution, scoring a goal and adding an assist. At home, RSL is 2-0 with six goals scored; on the road, Real is 0-2 with no goals scored.

Los Angeles Galaxy at Colorado Rapids

6:30 p.m.

The teams meet for the second time this season in league play and third overall. Conor Casey scored a hat trick in a 3-2 Rapids win at The Home Depot Center on April 4, then three days later, Colorado prevented the Galaxy from advancing to the U.S. Open Cup in a penalty shootout. The Rapids are returning back home after a three-game road swing where they went 1-1-1, while the Galaxy are looking for their first victory on the season.

FC Dallas at Chivas USA

7:30 p.m.

The weekend meeting at The Home Depot Center will finish off a busy week for both clubs. Chivas USA take their unbeaten record to Toronto FC for a midweek clash, while FC Dallas faces a midweek trip to D.C. United for a U.S. Open Cup play-in match. Kenny Cooper pulled into a tie for the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his third and fourth goals of the season to give FCD their first win on the year, 3-2 vs. Toronto FC on Sunday.


D.C. United at New York Red Bulls

noon (Telefutura)

The long-time rivals meet in the first contest of this year's Atlantic Cup, which D.C. has won in six of the trophy's seven years. MLS Original Jaime Moreno – who also had a brief stint with the New York club – became the first player in MLS history to record 100 goals and 100 assists when he set up the equalizer in Friday's 1-1 tie with New England. The Red Bulls won for the first time on Saturday and got goals from their players for the first time as well, defeating Real Salt Lake 2-0.

Kansas City Wizards at Toronto FC

2 p.m.

Both teams come off midweek matches. Toronto FC has defeated the Wizards just once in six all-time meetings – that came in their BMO Field encounter on April 26, 2008. Amado Guevara scored both Toronto goals in the second half of a 2-0 win for the home side. Wizards midfielder Claudio Lopez has factored in half his team's goals this season – scoring one and assisting on three.