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Busy MLS weekend starts Saturday

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 3, 2010 at 8:37 am with No Comments »
September 3, 2010 11:20 am

The Sounders’ match at New England tomorrow is just one of seven scheduled for Saturday. One of the others is a rematch of this week’s U.S. Open semifinal between Columbus and D.C. And Los Angeles will try to get back on track against the Chicago Fire — but not Freddie Ljungberg, who will miss the game due to yellow-card accumulation.

Here are previews from, and I’ll be back with a look at Sounders-Revolution later:

Kansas City Wizards at Philadelphia Union, 12:30 p.m.
* Philadelphia Union snapped a six-game winless streak with their 2-1 win at New England on Saturday. It was the second road victory in the club’s history, the first coming in a 3-2 win at Houston on May 29.
* Justin Mapp’s goal three minutes deep into stoppage time was the third game-winning goal scored after the 90th minute by Philadelphia this season. Danny Mwanga scored the game winner against Houston on May 29 in the 93rd minute, while Sebastian Le Toux converted a penalty five minutes into stoppage time for a 2-1 win vs. Toronto FC on July 17. The Union have five goals after the 90th minute, by far most in MLS.
* The Union will host Mexico’s Chivas de Guadalajara this Wednesday, September 1, for a friendly at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
* The win against the LA Galaxy gave the Wizards back-to-back league wins for the first time this season since winning their first two games of the season, March 27 and April 10.

LA Galaxy at Chicago Fire
, 1 p.m. (TeleFutura)
* The LA Galaxy have lost back-to-back league games for the first time this season and were shut out in consecutive MLS games for the second time this year. They were also held scoreless in each game on either side of the World Cup break.
* After recording three assists in his previous two matches, Freddie Ljungberg was held off the scoresheet Saturday in his first meeting against his former club. The teams meet once more in the regular season: Sept. 25 at Toyota Park.
* John Thorrington scored on a penalty kick Saturday as he made his 2010 debut for the Fire after missing the first two-thirds of the season with a quadriceps injury.
* The teams meet for the second time in less than a month, after the Fire came away with a 3-2 win at The Home Depot Center on Aug. 1.

Columbus Crew at D.C. United, 4:30 p.m. (FSC / FSE)
* (Columbus beat D.C. in extra time in a) U.S. Open Cup semifinal at RFK Stadium, four days before the regularly scheduled league game.
* Sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference but still with a chance to bring home a trophy, United interim head coach Ben Olsen opted to rest many of his regular starters in the 1-0 loss Sunday night at Chivas USA.
* D.C. United was shut out for the 14th time this season, one shy of the all-time MLS record. Toronto FC was shut out 15 times in 2007, matched last year by the New York Red Bulls.
* The Crew suffered through a tough week last week, losing 1-0 at Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League when a potential equalizer was waved off, as well as playing to a scoreless draw with FC Dallas.

Toronto FC at FC Dallas, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* FC Dallas set an MLS record with the scoreless draw at Columbus, now 10 games without a loss away from Pizza Hut Park. FCD surpassed the mark set by Chicago (9/8/2007 – 5/25/2008) and Columbus (7/10-10/16/2004).
* FC Dallas is currently on a 12-game undefeated streak. Only six teams in MLS history have strung together a longer undefeated streak: D.C. United was undefeated in 13 games in 2007 and the MLS record is 19 which was set by the Crew from July 2004-April 2005.
* After losing for the first time at BMO Field in more than a year in league play, Toronto FC played to their fourth scoreless draw at home this year, in the tie with Real Salt Lake.
* Toronto FC will be without three players – midfielders Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman, and defender Nana Attakora – called into the Canadian national team.
* Toronto FC has just one win on the road, tied for fewest in MLS with three other teams. “It comes down to how many players we’ll have,” said Preki. “Some are going, but none are coming. We only have one win on the road. We need points, so we’ll have to start winning some time.”

New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)
* Real Salt Lake host New York in a rematch of the 2008 Western Conference Championship with a chance to equal the MLS record for the longest home undefeated streak, held by the Columbus Crew. RSL last lost at Rio Tinto Stadium in league play last May 16, a 2-0 loss to Kansas City.
* Thierry Henry scored his first MLS goal as a member of the New York Red Bulls, sealing the victory against San Jose at Red Bull Arena.
* The Red Bulls will be without four starters for the game at RSL to international duty — midfielders Rafael Márquez (Mexico) and Dane Richards (Jamaica), goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul (Senegal) and defender Roy Miller (Costa Rica). They could have been without a fifth, but Joel Lindpere turned down the invitation from Estonia.
* Real Salt Lake will be without two internationals on their own: Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica) and Will Johnson (Canada).
* Real have reeled off another six-game unbeaten streak in league play, after going 10 games without a loss earlier this year.

Chivas USA at Colorado Rapids, 6 p.m.
* Despite his wife due to give birth at any moment, Ian Joyce started in goal for Colorado in his MLS debut and recorded a 3-0 shutout against Houston. Matt Pickens, who had started all 20 previous league games, was out with back spasms.
* Colorado scored more than one goal in a game for the first time in more than two months, since a 2-2 draw in the first meeting with Houston, June 26 at Robertson Stadium.
* Chivas USA started a stretch of five home games out of seven with the 1-0 win against D.C. United, a win that pulled them within seven points of the final wild card berth.
* After giving young players such as rookies Ben Zemanski and Blair Gavin starts throughout the year, Chivas USA coach Martin Vasquez started a veteran midfield of Jonathan Bornstein, Marcelo Saragosa, Paulo Nagamura and Rodolfo Espinoza. “If you look at our group tonight, we have experience,” Vásquez said. “It’s going to be important in these games.”

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