Here are previews from the league:
Wednesday, July 3Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact, 4 p.m. (TSN, RDS)· The teams are meeting for the second time this season in league play. First-half goals from Patrice Bernier and Marco Di Vaio sent the Impact on their way to a 2-1 win March 16 in Montréal.
· The teams also met in the semifinals of the Canadian Championship. TFC won the first leg 2-0 at home, but Marco Di Vaio scored two and set up two others as the Impact won the second leg 6-0 on their way to a second Canadian national title.
· Since coming to MLS, the Impact have not won in Toronto, with two losses and a draw in three meetings in all competitions at BMO Field.
· The Impact allowed their most goals in an MLS game since March 31 of last year in their 4-3 home loss to Colorado last weekend. The Impact lost 5-2 at New York in that defeat in their inaugural season.
Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 5:30 p.m.· For the second consecutive year, again before a crowd of better than 50,000 at Stanford Stadium, the Earthquakes overcame a two-goal deficit against their arch-rival LA Galaxy, scoring twice in stoppage time for a 3-2 win Saturday evening.
· Mike Magee scored for a fourth consecutive game since coming to Chicago from the LA Galaxy in the Fire’s last match, a 2-1 win at Columbus on June 22.
· The Fire have not defeated the Earthquakes since 2010, when they won 3-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Quakes have won once since with a pair of draws, including a 1-1 result in last year’s lone encounter, July 28 in Santa Clara.
· The teams of course met in MLS Cup 2003 at The Home Depot Center, as Landon Donovan scored twice, leading the Earthquakes to a 4-2 victory.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 6 p.m. (TSN, RDS, Univision Deportes Network)· Soony Saad uncorked nine attempts at goal – tied for the fifth-most in a single game in Kansas City club history – in Sporting’s 3-2 victory against Columbus on Saturday. Saad made his second league start of the season and recorded his second assist of the season.
· Sporting are undefeated all-time against Whitecaps FC, with two victories and a draw in three meetings all-time. SKC won the lone meeting between the teams last year, 3-1 at BC Place on April 18.
· Camilo Sanvezzo scored for a fourth consecutive match, converting a penalty for the lone goal in Whitecaps FC’s win against D.C. United on Saturday. Sanvezzo now has seven goals and three assists in the last six games.
Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m.· Real Salt Lake won their fourth consecutive league match – one shy of their club record – in their 1-0 win at Toronto FC. RSL won five in a row in both 2010 and 2011.
· Yordany Alvarez scored his first MLS goal in the win in Toronto; the goal and win in Toronto were the club’s first-ever there in four matches, and was its first win in Canada.
· Union right back Sheanon Williams recorded his first career two-assist game, setting up both goals in Philadelphia’s 2-2 home draw with FC Dallas. Williams has a career-high six assists this season, his third in MLS.
· Real have never lost to Union in five meetings all-time. The teams played to a scoreless draw at PPL Park in their lone meeting last season, one of three draws in the series. RSL has won both meetings all-time at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Seattle Sounders FC vs. D.C. United, 7 p.m.· Sounders FC return to action after a weekend off. Their last match a 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on June 22, was just the club’s second loss in the last 10 league games.
· United were shut out on the attacking end for a 10th time in 17 league matches in their 1-0 home loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
· The teams played to a scoreless draw in their only meeting a year ago on April 7 at RFK Stadium. The teams had split their series in each of the two previous years.