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Sounders train, but four games across MLS today

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2013 at 8:36 am with No Comments »
September 28, 2013 8:37 am

LogoMLSThe Sounders train today but don’t play until 6 p.m. Sunday, when they meet the New York Red Bulls at CenturyLink Field with the top of the Supporters Shield race at stake.

However, there was an interesting MLS game with Supporters Shield implications last night, as Philadelphia beat Sporting Kansas City, 1-0.

Meanwhile, there are four more games scheduled today. Here are some quick previews from the league:

Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, 10 a.m. PT (TSN, RDS)
· The teams are meeting for the third time this season. A goal from Robert Earnshaw and an own goal led Toronto FC to a 2-1 victory June 15 at RFK Stadium, TFC’s first vs. D.C. United since Oct. 23, 2010. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in Washington on Aug. 24.

· United have won on their last four visits to BMO Field. In eight games all-time in Toronto, D.C. has won six.

· Toronto FC have gone eight games since their last league win, following their 2-1 home loss to Sporting KC on Saturday.

· United have gone seven games since their last league win, after their 2-1 loss at the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 4 p.m. (TSN2, RDS2)
· Camilo Sanvezzo returned to his goal-scoring form, scoring a pair of goals vs. Montréal on Saturday in Whitecaps FC’s 3-0 road win, his first goals since Aug. 10. Sanvezzo is now tied for second in the MLS Golden Boot standings with 16 goals, with 14 goals over his last 18 MLS games; it was his fourth two-goal game of the season, now tied for the league lead in multi-goal games.

· Javier Morales scored his eighth goal of the season as Real lost for a second consecutive match, a 2-1 home loss to San Jose on Saturday evening. Morales has three goals and three assists over the last six matches.

· The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Luis Gil and Javier Morales scored second-half goals to lead Real to a 2-0 win May 4 at Rio Tinto Stadium. The teams first reached a 1-1 draw April 13 at BC Place, as Vancouver’s Camilo Sanvezzo and RSL’s Olmes García each scored.

· Whitecaps FC are unbeaten at home vs. RSL, with wins in their first two meetings at BC Place before the draw earlier this season. Real are unbeaten vs. Vancouver at Rio Tinto Stadium, with three wins in four all-time meetings there.

New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo, 4:30 p.m.
· The Dynamo tied their club record with five goals in their 5-1 victory Saturday vs. Chivas USA at BBVA Compass Stadium. They had previous scored five goals in the first game in club history, a 5-2 win vs. Colorado on April 2, 2006.

· Diego Fagundez netted his fourth goal in the last five games to lead the Revolution to a 2-1 come-from-behind home win vs. D.C. United on Saturday. Fagundez is the first teenager in MLS history to score 10 or more goals in a single season; he now 11 on the campaign.

· The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Adam Moffat scored a pair of goals – both on long-range bombs – to lead Houston to a 2-1 victory July 13 at Gillette Stadium. Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo scored goals in a 2-0 New England victory on May 18 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

· The Revolution have won on five of their last seven visits to Houston. New England last defeated Houston at Gillette Stadium in 2010.

Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact, 5:30 p.m.
· The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Joel Lindpere and Dilly Duka scored early as the Fire held on for a 2-1 win Aug. 10 at Toyota Park; Andres Romero and Marco Di Vaio scored second-half goals to lead the Impact to a 2-0 victory April 27 at Stade Saputo.

· The Fire have won both meetings all-time at Toyota Park.

· The Fire had their road winless streak extended to four games in their 3-0 loss at Columbus on Saturday. The Fire are undefeated in their last five games at Toyota Park. Three of the Fire’s final four games are on the road, following the meeting with Montréal this weekend.

· The Impact have lost back-to-back games at Stade Saputo for the first time this season, following a five-game home undefeated run, after their 3-0 loss to Vancouver on Saturday afternoon. The trip to Chicago begins a stretch of four road games out of the final six to conclude the regular season.

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