May 31, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Columbus Crew SC (3-4-5, 14 pts) @ Philadelphia Union (5-3-5, 20 pts), 7 p.m. ET (TWC-OH/CW Clb, TCN-Phi)
A 1-1 draw at Colorado on Saturday may be an indication of Philly's tangible chances. It's unbeaten in seven, but has won only one of its last six and was outshot (13-5), outpossessed (61-39) and had only one shot on goal against the Rapids. It's last eight goals have all come from a different players and the Union are unbeaten at home this season at 4-0-2. The Union will have to adjust to 29-year-old Englishman Matt Jones in goal, with regular keeper Andre Blake away with Jamaica. The Crew already have lost to the Union this season, 2-1 on March 12, a loss which came at the end of five-game losing skid and amid an eight-game winless streak. The Crew have gone hot and cold in the past five weeks, winning once, losing once, scoring four goals twice, and one goal (total) in the other three matches.
Seattle Sounders FC (4-7-1, 13 pts) @ D.C. United (4-5-4, 16 pts), 8 p.m. ET (Q13 Fox, NewsChannel8)
Sigi Schmid appeared to have righted the Sounders from their 0-3 start with a run that saw them win four of six with a draw. But then they fell back into their slump with three straight losses and only one goal in that stretch. It doesn't get any easier with Clint Dempsey in game two of his up-to-a-month U.S. national team absence. Seattle's lone goal over its previous three games came last week against New England from Aaron Kovar, a 22-year-old midfielder who has bounced back and forth between the Sounders and its USL farm team the past 2½ years. D.C. can't seem to build any momentum, unable to win more than one game in a row – but at least not losing more than one at a time. That pattern has been matched at home. United is hoping the spark of Alhaji Kamara, who scored 33 seconds after entering the game in the 85th minute against KC last Friday, will carry them to a second straight home victory.
San Jose Earthquakes (5-3-5, 20 pts) @ Portland Timbers (4-6-4, 16 pts), 10:30 p.m. ET (CSN-CA, KPTV FOX 12)
The two teams meet for the third time this year and the season isn't yet half over. Both sides have won at home, Portland prevailing 3-1 last time out April 16. Diego Valeri has scored in each of the Timbers' last two matches, but both teams mustered only a goal each in their game last week while experiencing significant absences due to international play. San Jose has never won in Portland in eight tries, losing five and drawing the other three. San Jose will need to look to options now that Chris Wondolowski, who has accounted for seven of the Quakes' 16 goals, is with the United States national team. Quincy Amarikwa, who had been injured, was back in San Jose's starting lineup for the first time since April 24 last week, as was Chad Barrett, who had previously played in only three games – all as a substitute.