June 1, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Real Salt Lake (6-4-2, 20 pts) @ New York City FC (4-4-6, 18 pts), 7 p.m. ET (KMYU-12, YES)
Both Real Salt Lake and New York City FC have sunk in the last month from shares of the lead of their respective conferences to fourth place. Salt Lake has lost three of four and NYC has drawn two and lost another – the 7-0 drubbing by the Red Bulls. RSL at least has been on the road during its slump – so a new grass field can be installed at Rio Tinto Stadium – and has another game before it can go home. NYC has been home for the last two of its three-game winless run and is tied for the worst record at home this season (1-2-5). It's been outscored 16-9, one of only two teams to have allowed more goals at home than it has scored. Salt Lake will be without coach Jess Cassar Thursday night because of his ejection for arguing about the length of injury time in last Saturday's 4-3 loss to Columbus. That's in addition to being without US national teamer Kyle Beckerman.
Houston Dynamo (3-7-3, 12 pts) @ FC Dallas (8-4-3, 27 pts), 9 p.m. ET (ROOT-SW, TWCSN-TX)
Dallas will be looking to avenge its 5-0 drubbing at Houston in the second week of the season, and the recent form of both sides would look to confirm that expectation. Dallas is unbeaten in four with three wins and have given up only three goals in that span. Houston, conversely, has only one win in four, and scored only two goals. Away, Houston has the worst record of any team (0-6-1), scored only six goals, and only three of those in the last six games. Wade Barrett, who replaced the departed Owen Coyle at least on an interim basis and started his coaching career with a draw, will see if he can end Houston's road woes. Dallas' 0-0 draw at San Jose last week was the fifth time it's been shut out this season, but first since a 347-minute goalless run that ended earlier this month.
Sporting Kansas City (5-8-2, 17 pts) @ LA Galaxy (5-2-5, 20 pts), 10:30 p.m. ET (KMCI-38/SKCTVN, TWCSN-LA/TWCD)
KC comes in with only one win in its last 10 matches, facing an LA side that wasunbeaten in nine until last Saturday's 3-2 loss to Montreal but has only one win in its last five. Both teams are without significant personnel: Robbie Keane (Ireland), Gyasi Zardes (United States) and Baggio Husidic (Bosnia) for Los Angeles, and Matt Besler (United States), Graham Zusi (United States) and Soni Mustivar (Haiti) for Kansas City. Giovani dos Santos has been LA's most consistent threat with six goals and five assists over the last six games. KC has struggled to get any scoring, producing only three goals in five games and being shut out three times in that span.