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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

June 21, 2016
MLS WEDNESDAY
A look at the upcoming games



Chicago Fire (2-6-5, 11 pts) @ Philadelphia Union (6-4-5, 23 pts), 7 p.m. ET (CSN-Chi+, TCN-Phi)
The Union is hoping that Talen Energy Stadium, where it hasn't lost since September of last year – a stretch of eight games in MLS -- will help it recover from its 3-2 loss at New York City on Saturday. Considering Chicago has won only one of its last nine overall in MLS – and none away from Bridgeview since July 2014, 31 straight games, Philly will have high expectations. The Fire have scored only three goals in their last five matches – a single strike in each of their last three games – to have the fewest goals in the MLS (11). The Union had an eight-game unbeaten streak snapped in New York, conceding a season-high three goals. Coach Jim Curtin has to decide whether to use Roland Alberg – who scored his first MLS goal – or Warren Creavalle now that 28-year-old midfielder Vincent Nogueira has left the club due to “personal health issues.”

New York Red Bulls (7-7-1, 21 pts) at Real Salt Lake (7-4-3, 24 pts), 10 p.m. ET (MSG , KMYU-12)
After going nearly four full games without scoring a goal in March and April, New York has now gone four matches without conceding one. Sacha Kljestan is proving to be invaluable to the club's resurgence. Having scored a goal or recorded an assist in six of the Red Bulls' previous eight games, he again put a shot off the post on Sunday night that deflected to Mike Grella and resulted in the first goal of the team's 2-0 win over Seattle. Salt Lake is settling onto its new grass at Rio Tinto, having won in the U.S. Open Cup over Wilmington – albeit on penalties – on the new turf on Tuesday last week and then coming back four days later for a draw against Portland. Including the Open Cup, Juan Manuel Martinez has scored in three games.

Colorado Rapids (9-2-4 31 pts) @ LA Galaxy (5-3-6, 21 pts), 10:30 p.m. ET (TWCSN/TWCD; Altitude)
The Copa America break has done nothing to slow Colorado, which has extended its unbeaten streak to 11 (including Open Cup). The Galaxy, conversely, are still trying to get back in the victory column, having not won in five, save for its Open Cup triumph in extra time over amateur side La Maquina FC. They also haven't scored in 212 minutes – the first time they've been shut out in consecutive games. Both Colorado and Los Angeles have national team absences, Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes for the Galaxy and Jermaine Jones and Shkelzen Gashi for the Rapids, but Colorado also will have to compensate for the loss of defender Marc Burch, suspended for accumulated yellow cards.



   
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