So get out the remote or get ready to pick between Real Salt Lake-Colorado or Portland-Houston.
The latter is crucial to the playoff hopes of both teams. But the former has a bit more meaning to the Sounders, as anything but a Salt Lake win will clinch a No. 2 seeding for Seattle in the coming playoffs. That’s pretty much already established, however; so the greater meaning might be that a Salt Lake loss would increase the possibility that Dallas — or even Colorado — could climb to third in the West, thereby becoming the Sounders’ playoff-opening opponent.
Here’s a quick preview on both games from MLS (and follow the links for even more):
Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
· Drew Moor scored the game’s only goal as the Rapids put an end to a five-game winless run in their last last match, a 1-0 win against FC Dallas.
· Moor has scored the last two goals for the Rapids and now has four this season, a career single-season high.
· Real Salt Lake have followed a five-game winning streak –the longest in MLS this season – with a four-game losing slide – one short of the season-long and the club’s longest since 2007.
· In the first meeting this season of the Rocky Mountain Cup rivals, Fabian Espíndola scored deep into second-half stoppage time to give Real a dramatic 1-0 victory, April 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m. (Root)
· The game will have a huge effect on the MLS Cup Playoffs wild card race, with the Dynamo holding onto the final spot entering the week, just three points ahead of Portland in 11th place overall.
· Kenny Cooper has scored three goals in the last four games, including the only goal in the Timbers’ 1-0 win at Vancouver in their last match.
· The Dynamo haven’t lost in four games after their 1-1 draw vs. Chicago on Oct. 1.
· In the clubs’ first meeting, Adam Moffat and Brian Ching scored first-half goals as the Dynamo took a 2-1 victory, Aug. 14 at Robertson Stadium.