Major League Soccer is off for the next couple of days, but Saturday and Sunday bring a bucketful of meaningful games in the clustered playoff race:
SATURDAYColorado at TorontoColorado is two points ahead of the Sounders with one game in hand. Toronto is three points behind and has played the same number of games as Seattle.
Chicago at Salt LakeChicago is four points ahead of Seattle with the same number of games, Salt Lake is one point behind with the same number of games.
Dallas at Los AngelesFCD seems to be playing better lately but shouldn't be a factor a full 10 points behind Seattle even with a game in hand. However, LA is four point ahead in the same number of games.
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SUNDAYNew England at Chivas USANew Englas is one point behind with two games in hand. (How is that possible, considering they are minus-two in goal differential?) Chivas is one point behind with two games in hand and comes to Seattle next weekend.
Houston at ColumbusSeattle may not really have much shot of catching either of these teams -- Houston is six points up and Columbus five in the same number of games. But this should be quite a game, and perhaps an MLS Cup preview.
Naturally, however, the big game is Sounders-at-DC. The Sounders still have access to 18 points this season, and if they take care of their own business, they won't have to worry about what's happening on other scoreboards across the league.