June 18, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
FC Dallas (8-4-4, 28 pts) @ Sporting Kansas City (5-8-3, 18 pts), 5 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
Both FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City come in off Wednesday U.S. Open Cup wins: KC 2-1 in extra time over MLS wannabe Minnesota United, Dallas dragged into penalties before prevailing over USL side OKC Energy. Matt Besler and Graham Zusi will be absent for KC, courtesy of the U.S. national team and Copa America. Dallas' Carlos Gruezo also is listed as on international duty despite the fact that Ecuador was eliminated from the Copa America by the United States on Thursday. KC's win on Wednesday was only its second since April 9 – a stretch of 12 games. Benny Feilhaber's goal in the 65th was its first in more than three matches. Dallas' win, conversely, was its fourth during a six-match unbeaten streak which has seen it climb to share the league's best record with Colorado – although the Rapids have played two fewer games.
Seattle Sounders FC (5-7-1, 16 pts) @ New York Red Bulls (6-7-1, 19 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1; FOX Deportes)
The Red Bulls allowed only one goal in their previous three matches – 317 minutes – before the Copa America break, and continued that streak when they beat the USL's Rochester Rhinos 1-0 on Wednesday in the Open Cup. Seattle followed up its win just before the Copa break – 2-0 over D.C. United – by beating PDL side Kitsap Pumas 2-0 on Wednesday. The D.C. win saw Jordan Morris score his fifth goal of the season and first in four games. Before the D.C. win, Seattle had scored only one goal in three games and with Clint Dempsey still Copa-tied, a re-emergence of Morris would be greatly welcomed by Sigi Schmid. Joevin Jones had the other goal, and he also had one of the two against Kitsap. New York's climb from next-to-last two months ago to second can be associated with Sacha Kljestan, who has had a goal or an assist (mostly assists) in seven of the last nine games, including a penalty against Rochester. He leads the league with 10 assists.