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Six MLS matches, two (TV) friendlies set today

The Sounders return to training today, but they won't play again until Tuesday, when they meet San Francisco of Panama in their CONCACAF Champions League preliminary match.

There are, however, six league matches scheduled today. Unfortunately, none are on easily available TV. (Although the Man U friendly at Chicago is on ESPN2 at 2 p.m., DC-Everton is on Fox Soccer at 4:30 p.m. and the Timbers game is tape-delayed after Mariners on Root.)

Here's a quick report from the league on each:

New York Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas, 3 p.m. (Galavision)· The Red Bulls return home after another road trip in the midweek visit to Colorado. Coming into the FC Dallas match, six of New York’s previous eight games will have been on the road; they had four draws and a loss in the first five.· The trip to Red Bull Arena is the second road game in the week for FC Dallas, the trip starting in Toronto. FCD leads the league with seven home wins coming into Week 19.· The Red Bulls have won the last four meetings with FC Dallas at home, including a 2-1 win last year in their first encounter at Red Bull Arena.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Toronto FC, 4:30 p.m.· For the second time in as many games, Sporting scored a goal in the 90th minute or later to grab a point, Aurelien Collin’s goal giving KC a 1-1 draw at Houston last weekend. Omar Bravo scored in stoppage time for a 1-1 home draw with Colorado the week before.· The game against TFC kicks off a string of eight consecutive home games in league play for Sporting KC. Their next MLS game on the road will be Sept. 17, at Real Salt Lake.· Sporting have a friendly before the league match with TFC, taking on Newcastle United of the English Premier League on Wednesday at Livestrong Sporting Park.· The teams are meeting for the second time this season, after playing to a scoreless draw June 4 at BMO Field.

Columbus Crew vs. Portland Timbers, 5 p.m. (On Root at 7:30 p.m.)· Jack Jewsbury set a career-high with his fifth goal of the season, converting a penalty kick for the 1-0 win at Chicago. Jewsbury’s previous single-season best was four goals for Kansas City in 2005.· The Timbers meet West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League on Wednesday at Jeld-Wen Field. WBA began their tour with a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.· After being dealt to Toronto FC the day before the match, Andy Iro and Leandre Griffit watched the Columbus-San Jose game from the Nordecke supporters section, wearing Crew jerseys. Tony Tchani, who came from TFC in the deal, was out with an ankle injury.· Eric Brunner scored against his former club to lead the Timbers to a 1-0 win against Columbus on May 21 at Jeld-Wen Field in the first meeting between the clubs.

Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution, 6 p.m.· The Rapids had Conor Casey and Omar Cummings in the starting lineup together for just the fourth time this season in Seattle, but Casey had to leave before halftime with an Achilles tendon injury.· The trip to Colorado is the second of a three-game road swing for the Revolution that started with a midweek trip to D.C. and ends with a July 30 visit to Sporting Kansas City.· The teams played to a scoreless draw on May 7 at Gillette Stadium in their first meeting this season.

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7 p.m.· After last weekend’s postponement at Vancouver, Real Salt Lake still have a six-game undefeated streak alive.· Fabian Espindola still has a two-game goal scoring streak intact, leading RSL to a win in their last game, 2-0 vs. FC Dallas on July 9.· Of the three players obtained from Toronto FC for striker Ryan Johnson, only midfielder Jacob Peterson made his Earthquakes debut vs. Columbus, starting and playing 62 minutes. Striker Alan Gordon and defender Nana Attakora did not feature.· Kyle Beckerman’s goal in the 64th minute gave Real Salt Lake a 1-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 19 in the season opener for both clubs.

Chivas USA vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m.· Chivas USA are unbeaten in four games after their scoreless draw with New York over the weekend.· The Dynamo have a midweek friendly ahead, taking on Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League at Robertson Stadium, the club of former Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden.· A Geoff Cameron strike and an own goal answered an early Marcos Mondaini goal as Houston continued their home dominance against Chivas USA in a 2-1 win at Robertson Stadium on June 11.· The Dynamo have won five games in a row against Chivas, who scored their first goal in Houston in league play since 2006 in the first meeting.

All results will be updated on MLSsoccer.com as the day moves along.

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