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Plenty of MLS action scheduled today

The Sounders are off until Monday, but there's a pretty full schedule of MLS action today, including a fair sampling of TV games, depending on what system and channels you have.

Here's are some thumbnail previews from the league:

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m. (FOX Soccer)· Making his third consecutive start for the club, Union striker Veljko Paunovic scored his first MLS goal and recorded his first assist in leading Philadelphia to a 3-2 win against Chivas USA on Saturday.

· Scoring on his 25th birthday, United’s Charlie Davies pulled into a tie for the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his eighth goal in the 2-2 tie with Houston, his second in as many games.

· Union have allowed more than one goal in just three of their 16 league games. They’ve won two of those – the 6-2 win vs. Toronto FC on May 28, and the 3-2 win vs. Chivas.

· The teams split their two meetings in Union’s inaugural season, each winning on their home ground. Union’s 3-2 win vs. United, April 10 at Lincoln Financial Field, was the first in club history.

FC Dallas vs. Columbus Crew, 6 p.m.· Three-quarters of the FC Dallas back four scored goals in the 4-0 win against Portland: fullbacks Zach Loyd and Jackson and center back George John.

· Brek Shea scored a goal for a third consecutive match, his team-leading seventh goal of the season. He’s now tied for fourth in MLS, along with Columbus striker Andres Mendoza, one off the league lead.

· The Crew’s Mendoza has scored six goals in his last six games, starting with a 2-goal game May 28 vs. Chivas and last with the 2-goal game against Colorado.

· Second-half goals from Mendoza and Eddie Gaven gave the Crew a 2-0 victory in the first meeting between the teams, April 1 in Columbus.

Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire, 7 p.m. (Galavision)· The Fire played to a sixth consecutive home draw at Toyota Park with Sunday’s 1-1 result with New York – an MLS record. The Fire have played to 11 ties already this season; the MLS single-season record is 14, set last season by FC Dallas.

· After losing just twice over a two-month span, Chivas USA have now lost three games in a row, their longest losing skid under Robin Fraser.

· Chivas USA have not defeated the Chicago Fire since a 2-0 win, June 19, 2008 at The Home Depot Center. The Fire have won five of the six meetings in all competitions since, with one draw.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)· The game will be played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. The Quakes are expecting a huge crowd, with the match also featuring a reunion of the 1994 U.S. World Cup team and a postgame fireworks display.

· The Red Bulls are completing a four-game road swing with the visit to northern California. They have started the trip with two draws and a loss; New York has won once in its last 10 games.

· After exploding for 13 goals over a five-game span, the Earthquakes have now been shut out in back-to-back games, a first for this season. Striker Chris Wondolowski will again be available after missing four games while with the U.S. national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

· In the first meeting between the teams this season, Luke Rodgers scored two goals and set up another, and Thierry Henry had a goal and an assist, in a 3-0 Red Bulls victory April 16 at Red Bull Arena.

Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (tape delayed 10:30 p.m. on Root)

· Unbeaten since May 28 and winners of three in their last four, Sporting Kansas City pulled themselves out of the cellar in the Eastern Conference with the 2-1 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

· Sporting have allowed just four goals in their eight games. Jimmy Nielsen has seen his goals against average fall from 2.17 to 1.36 in that span.

· In his last three games played, KC’s Graham Zusi has scored three goals and added two assists. He returned from missing the Philadelphia match through injury to set up the game-winner last weekend.

· The Timbers lost for a fourth time in their last five games, conceding four goals in the loss at FC Dallas, the most since joining MLS.

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