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Light MLS weekend begins tonight with RSL

This is a light week in MLS. And it would have been even lighter if a couple of postponed games hadn't been rescheduled into this otherwise-open week.

In any case, while there are only three games from now through the weekend, two of them should draw the attention of Sounders fans, starting tonight when Real Salt Lake -- which is six points behind Seattle in the playoff chase -- visits Vancouver.

A preview of the week's action from MLS:

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 6:30 p.m.· The contest is a makeup game for a match originally scheduled for July 16, which was postponed due to heavy rain and flooded pitch. That game was scheduled for Empire Field.

· Whitecaps FC weren’t able to enjoy the same magic when they opened BC Place in front of a sellout crowd of 21,000 on Sunday afternoon, losing 1-0 to Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers, their fourth consecutive defeat.

· Real Salt Lake have lost three games in a row in league play for the first time since July 2007, when they lost to Toronto FC, Columbus and Kansas City in a row.

· Javier Morales made his first start since suffering a fractured ankle on May 7 and recorded the assist on Fabian Espindola’s goal vs. LA, playing the full 90 minutes.

SATURDAYNew England Revolution vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 4:30 p.m.· The Earthquakes have played to three consecutive 1-1 draws. With a loss or a draw, they will be eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs race. The Revolution were eliminated with their loss to Seattle.

· The 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner, San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski has scored four goals in the last six games to give him 12 for the season, now in a three-way tie for third place in this year’s goal-scoring race.

· Making his first professional start, 16-year-old Revolution Home Grown Player Diego Fagundez scored his second goal, heading home a corner kick in the 2-1 loss to Seattle. He became the youngest player in Revolution club history to start a game.

· In the first meeting this season, late goals from Bobby Convey and Ellis McLoughlin gave the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory, May 21 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m.· Sounders FC are now riding a three-game winning streak for the second time this season, and have recorded 11 of their 16 league wins this season since mid-June, after the win in New England.

· Fredy Montero has scored two goals in back-to-back games and has five goals and three assists in the last six league games. He has moved into a tie for sixth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings.

· Freddy Adu was credited with his first assist in his return to MLS, setting up Justin Mapp’s first goal since scoring twice May 28, in Union’s 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Sunday.

· In the first meeting this season, Alvaro Fernandez scored well into second-half stoppage time to counter a first-half Carlos Ruiz goal as the teams ended in a 1-1 draw, April 16 at PPL Park.

The Sounders return to training today at Starfire. I'll be back with updates after that.

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