June 17, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Philadelphia Union (6-3-5, 23 pts) @ New York City FC (4-5-6, 18 pts), 1 p.m. ET (TCN-Phi)
New York has lost three of its last four in Yankee Stadium and won only once in 10 home games this season including Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to the Cosmos in the U.S. Open Cup. NYC will have Ronald Matarrita back, now that Costa Rica's Copa America is over. They also will have Frank Lampard available, now that he is longer listed on the injury report. Philly resumed its unbeaten streak on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over the USL's Harrisburg in the Open Cup, extending that run to nine. Philly has won only once in seven games away from home this season, but has drawn its last three. The Union have already won round one of this battle this season, beating NYC 2-0 on April 23 in Chester.
New England Revolution (3-4-7, 16 pts) @ Vancouver Whitecaps (6-6-3, 21 pts), 7 p.m. ET (CSN-NE, TSN2)
Vancouver begins the restart of the MLS season without three players, including captain Pedro Morales, because of suspensions from two weeks ago, earned either in previous games or through the notorious league disciplinary committee. At least Vancouver will get back Christian Bolanos from Costa Rica and Blas Perez from Panama, since their Copa America runs have ended. Je-Vaughn Watson will return from Jamaica and the Copa America looking to win its first match away from home all season (0-3-3). The Revs have won three of their last four, considering a 1-0 extra time win over Carolina in the Open Cup on Wednesday.
LA Galaxy (5-2-6, 21 pts) @ Toronto (4-5-4, 16 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (TWCSN-LA/TWCD, SNet 360)
Sebastian Giovinco, who was forced off the field midway through the first half of Toronto's last MLS match May 28 against the New York Red Bulls with an adductor injury, appears healthy after playing the final 16 minutes of last week's 0-0 draw against Montreal in the second leg of the Canadian Championship. Jozy Altidore, Daniel Lovitz and Ashtone Morgan are still on the DL and Michael Bradley is still away with the U.S. national team. Similarly, the Galaxy will be without Robbie Keane at the European Championship and Gyasi Zardes at the Copa America. Toronto and Montreal hope the break will give them relief from their four-match MLS winless streaks. The only reprieve either has had has been in the Canadian Championship or U.S. Open Cup.
Montreal Impact (5-4-4, 19 pts) @ Columbus Crew (3-5-5, 14 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (TVAS, TWC-OH/CW Clb)
The last time these two clubs met, on May 7, Columbus led 4-1 before disintegrating over a dispute between Federico Higuain and Kei Kamara regarding a penalty kick and ultimately settling for a 4-4 draw. Kamara was subsequently shipped off to New England and now the Crew will also be without Higuain, who had hernia surgery on Thursday and will be out for five to seven weeks. Columbus at least will have Cedrick Mabwati and Harrison Afful back from African World Cup qualifying. This will be the third and final meeting this season between the clubs. Montreal will have Ambroise Oyongo back from African qualifying and Johan Venegas back from the Copa America, but it too will be short because Laurent Climan is still at the Euros and Ignacio Piatti is listed as out with a hand injury.
San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-5, 20 pts) @ Orlando City (3-3-7, 19 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (CSN-CA, WRDQ-27)
The absence of Chris Wondolowski still away with Juergen Klinsmann's crew and his seven goals will be a void for the Quakes, which haven't scored in three games including a second straight loss on Tuesday to Portland in the Open Cup. Simon Dawkins (Jamaica) and Anibal Godoy (Panama) rejoin the side. Kaka was dropped from Brazil's Copa America roster due to a hamstring injury and was listed as day-to-day as of Thursday. Going into the recent two-week break, Cyle Larin and Kevin Molino had scored five of Orlando's previous six goals. Kaka had assisted on three of those five goals.
D.C. United (4-6-4, 16 pts) @ Houston Dynamo (3-7-4, 13 pts), 9 p.m. ET (NewsChannel8, ROOT-SW;)
Wade Barrett finally has a win as interim manager of Houston, having led the Dynamo to a 4-0 Open Cup victory over San Antonio on Wednesday, extending his unbeaten run to three. Alex has scored two goals in his last three games, including the Open Cup win, which even further spreads out the scoring on Houston which has Giles Barnes leading with four; Rico Clark, Andrew Wenger and Will Bruin with three each and David Horst with a pair. D.C. had alternated a win-loss pattern over five games until it dropped a decision on penalty kicks to Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday in the Open Cup. Including the Cup match, it's only scored one goal in four games, and now is ahead of only Seattle (13) for fewest goals in the league.
Chicago Fire (2-5-5, 11 pts) @ Colorado Rapids (8-2-4, 28 pts), 9 p.m. ET (CSN+, Alt)
The Chicago Fire own the longest road winless streak in MLS history (30 games), and are a long shot to break it Saturday against the league-leading Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids rode a nine-game unbeaten streak into the Copa America break and are 6-0-1 at home, but will face the Fire without DP Shkelzen Gashi and midfield catalyst Jermaine Jones, both on international call-ups, and veteran defender Bobby Burling, who will be absent up to a month after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The Fire's fortunes have improved since David Accam's return to health - he scored to nail down a 1-1 draw with Portland in their last league match, on May 28, and had the late equalizer and game-winning shootout pk in Wednesday's Open Cup triumph over the NASL's Indy Eleven.
Portland Timbers (5-6-4, 19 pts) @ Real Salt Lake (7-4-2, 23 pts), 10 p.m. ET (ROOT Sports NW, KMYU)
Real Salt Lake return to newly freshened-up Rio Tinto Stadium to face the defending champion Portland Timbers on Saturday. RSL won their last two league games, both on the road, most recently edging NYC FC 3-2 on June 2. Yura Movsisyan and "Burrito" Martinez both have two goals in their last three league matches, and Martinez scored in the 86th minute to force extra time and penalty kicks in the team's tiebreaker triumph over the Wilmington Hammerheads in Open Cup play on Tuesday. The Timbers went into the Copa America break unbeaten in three and with a two-game home winning streak. The teams played to a 2-2 tie on March 19 - Fanendo Adi scored both goals for the Timbers, with Joao Plata and Movsisyan countering for RSL. Portland's Dairon Asprilla will sit this one out because of the red card he earned in the June 1 league match against San Jose and it comes four days after he scored only his second goal all year on Tuesday against the Quakes in a 1-0 Open Cup win. Both still will have Copa America absences: Darlington Nagbe will be missing from Portland's lineup and Kyle Beckerman will be missing from Salt Lake's midfield.