July 1, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
New England Revolution (4-5-7, 19 pts) @ Montreal Impact (5-4-6, 21 pts), 5:30 p.m. ET (RDS, TSN2)
Despite a 2-0 loss to D.C. a week ago, New England has won three of its last five in MLS and four of its last five overall counting U.S. Open Cup victories over Carolina and the New York Cosmos. Montreal hasn't won in over a month, a stretch of four games – two of those in MLS. Last week's 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City ended a 196-minute goalless streak. Ignacio Piatti finally got back in the box score, converting a penalty in the 39th minute for his ninth of the season. It was his first goal since May 28. Montreal dominated the series last year, winning two of the three meetings and drawing the other. It's also won two of the last three in Montreal with a draw in the other, but is only 2-3-3 at home this year.
Seattle Sounders FC (5-9-1, 16 pts) @ Toronto FC (5-6-4, 19 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (JOEtv, TSN2;)
Toronto enters the weekend with a 3-2-1 record over its last six matches – all against MLS opponents – but has only one win in an MLS game since May 7. TFC has been relying on the Canadian Championship – which it won on away goals despite a 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday – for most of its good news. It will try to build on the 95th-minute, injury time goal by Will Johnson, who won the Canadian title for Toronto, when it takes on the Sounders. The Reds will, however, do that building without Johnson, who sustained a tibial plateau fracture on Wednesday's scoring play, and US national team captain Michael Bradley, who returned from Copa America with a sprained knee. Both with be out for some six weeks. Seattle, a four-time U.S. Open Cup champ, slipped into this year's quarterfinals with a penalty kick win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. Nelson Valdez's goal against RSL ended a two-game goalless streak for Seattle, which will welcome back Clint Dempsey from the U.S. national team and the Copa America. The Sounders scored only three goals during his four-MLS game absence.
Philadelphia Union (7-5-5, 26 pts) @ Houston Dynamo (3-8-5, 14 pts), 9 p.m. ET (TCN-Phi, UniMás)
Philly's Roland Alberg had scored in four straight games until Wednesday's 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls in the U.S. Open Cup, and now Chris Pontius has scored in two straight. The Union's home unbeaten streak, which had stretched 10 games back into October of last year, was ended with last Saturday's 3-2 loss to Vancouver, but it has started a new one with the Open Cup win over New York. That win was also the first time in six games overall that Philly had allowed fewer than two goals in a match since a 1-1 draw with Colorado on May 28, a stretch of five games. Houston's only wins since mid-May have been a pair of Open Cup victories. It also has been shut out twice. Saturday's match marks the first of three at home in a five-game stretch through the end of the month. All three of its wins this season have come at home.