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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

June 24, 2016
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games



New York City FC (5-5-6, 21 pts) @ Seattle Sounders FC (5-8-1, 16 pts), 5 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
After losing two of three on the road , Seattle returns to CenturyLink Field, where it has won five of its last six since the beginning of April. And of those five wins, four have been by shutout. Of course, not including the U.S. Open Cup, Seattle has been shut out itself in three of its last five matches. After five games at home, including an Open Cup loss to the New York Cosmos, NYC heads out on the road, where it has a better record (3-2-1) than at Yankee Stadium (2-3-5). New York will be without Jason Hernandez, who has started all 16 games at defender this season, because of his double yellow/red card against Philadelphia last weekend.

New England Revolution (4-4-7, 19 pts) @ D.C. United (4-6-5, 17 pts), 7 p.m. ET (CSN-NE, NewsChannel8)
Bill Hamid has returned to the DC United lineup for three games, after missing more than one-third of the season with a torn meniscus in his right knee, and posted two shutouts. Unfortunately for D.C., Hamid's heroics have resulted in only one victory because the team hasn't scored in two games -- not including being held goalless in a penalty-kick victory over Fort Lauderdale in the Open Cup. DC's defense will be further impacted – with Steve Birnbaum still away with the U.S. national team – by the DisCo suspension of Bobby Boswell. New England has had a better run of late, winning three of four including two straight for the first time this season. It's also scored two goals in a game for six straight matches. Lee Nguyen has scored a goal in three of the Revs' last four games and had an assist in each of the four.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-7-3, 21 pts) @ Philadelphia Union (7-4-5 26 pts), 7 p.m. ET (TSN2, CSN-Phi)
Philly is unbeaten in nine games in all competitions at Talen Energy Stadium this year, including seven wins. The Union appears to have found a more than ample replacement for midfielder Victor Nogueira, who left the team last week for health reasons, with the emergence of Roland Alberg. Including Open Cup, Alberg has six goals in the last three games – albeit two of those on penalties. Philly has needed those since it has allowed two or more goals in each of its last four. Vancouver comes in winless in three, and with only one win in six if you count Canadian Championship games. The match is also the third match in a five-game stretch in 17 days for the Whitecaps, which goes into next Wednesday's second leg of the Canadian Championship finals trailing Toronto 1-0. Vancouver is still without Kendall Waston, who has to serve the extra game's suspension handed out by the disciplinary committee for his last-second tackle of Portland's Dairon Asprilla on May 22.

Sporting Kansas City (6-8-3, 21 pts) @ Montreal Impact (5-4-5, 20 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (KMCI-38/SKCTVN, TVAS)
With two straight wins, albeit one of them in extra time against NASL side Minnesota in extra time in the Open Cup, Kansas City has appeared to stem the bleeding of a streak that had it win only once in 11 games. The mini-surge is also the first time this season that it has scored more than one goal in two consecutive games. Montreal is in the middle of its one win in 10 slump, including Canadian Championship matches, and hasn't scored in two games. About the only positive of that slide is that it has only lost three times. The match is the first of a two-game homestand for the Impact, which won nine straight at home between September and April, but have won only one of their last four in Montreal.

New York Red Bulls (7-8-1, 22 pts) @ Columbus Crew SC (3-5-6, 15 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (MSG, TWC-OH/CW Clb)
Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch complained after Sunday's win over Seattle about the cross-country schedule MLS was making his team go through, and that appeared to manifest itself with a makeshift lineup and late-goal loss to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. It pulls into Columbus for its third game in seven days, with two more matches – including an Open Cup game – set over the next eight days. The suspension of Aurelien Collin for a red card against RSL doesn't help things. That adds to Red Bulls' personnel shortages after Kemar Lawrence came back from the Copa America with a groin injury that has landed him on the disabled list. Columbus has its own fatigue test. Saturday's game will be the first of three over nine days. They too are short on personnel after losing Federico Higuain, who had his hernia surgery last week. At least Columbus is at home, where it's only lost once this season, in the second week of the season to Philadelphia.

Toronto FC (5-5-4, 19 pts) @ Orlando City SC (3-3-8, 17 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (SNet 360, WRDQ-27)
Orlando would like to get a win over Toronto to avenge the three losses it suffered last year by an 11-1 aggregate score. It comes in unbeaten in five, including in the Open Cup, yet with only two wins in that stretch. In MLS, the Lions have recorded three straight 2-2 draws – twice giving up the lead in the last 15 minutes. At home Orlando City has won only one of its last five, but is unbeaten in 14 at Camping World Stadium. It will have to do without Seb Hines because of accumulated yellow cards. Toronto enters the match coming off Tuesday's win in first leg of the Canadian Championship finals with second leg set for Wednesday. It's a heavy period for several teams, and Toronto is in the middle of a five-game stretch in 15 days.

Real Salt Lake (8-4-3, 26 pts) @ FC Dallas (8-5-4, 28 pts), 8 p.m. ET (KTXA-21; KMYU-12)
Including Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Red Bulls, RSL has scored 16 goals in its last six games over all competitions, and has won five of them. It also has allowed 12. Yura Movsisyan has been instrumental during the stretch, having scored a goal or assisted on one in four of five MLS matches. The run has been more impressive without Kyle Beckerman, who will miss one more game while with the U.S. national team. Dallas will be looking to regain its momentum from its five-game unbeaten streak (six if you count the Open Cup) that was disrupted by Sunday's 2-0 loss to KC, which won for only the second time in 12 games. The KC loss was the second shutout in three games and sixth this season.

LA Galaxy (5-3-7, 22 pts) @ San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-6, 21 pts), 10 p.m. ET (Univisiσn; UDN)
The Quakes are hoping the two goals scored after the 85th minute that gave it a 2-2 draw with Orlando a week ago – and ended a 358-minute goalless streak – will provide the impetus to end a five-game winless slide. It will the third time this season that it has faced the Galaxy, losing 3-1 and drawing 1-1 – both in Los Angeles. San Jose is still without Chris Wondolowski – with the United States at Copa America. The Galaxy likewise is without Gyasi Zardes with the United States and Robbie Keane with Ireland at the European Championship. Los Angeles seems to be missing its internationals more than San Jose, with only one win since May 11 – and that to the amateur La Maquina club out of Santa Ana in the Open Cup.



   
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