July 12, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
Toronto FC (6-6-5, 23 pts) @ Columbus Crew SC (3-7-7, 16 pts), 7 p.m. ET (TSN2/RDS2, TWCSN-OH/CW Clb)
Columbus Crew SC come home after three straight losses on the road – including a U.S. Open Cup elimination defeat at Chicago. The two home games before that were both draws. At least at home against Toronto, Columbus has won eight of the 14 games with three ties. Still, last year's MLS Cup finalist has only one win in its last 10 league matches – going back to April. Toronto comes in with a two-game unbeaten streak, but with only a lone goal in each of its last three matches – including the Canadian Championship – and has seen Sebastian Giovinco score only one goal since May 14. The two square off again in Toronto in 2½ weeks.
Orlando City (4-4-9, 21 pts) @ New York Red Bulls (7-9-3, 24 pts), 7:30 p.m. ET (WRDQ-27, MSG)
The Red Bulls haven't scored in 253 minutes and Orlando isn't much better, with no goals in 180 minutes. Both sides are still adjusting to personnel changes. Bobby Murray has been in charge of OC for one game after Adrian Heath was fired, and New York is trying to decide who to use on the right side in place of the traded Lloyd Sam, Gonzalo Veron or Alex Muyl. Jesse Marsch may get more comfortable with his defensive choices, now with Damien Perrinelle apparently capable of 90 minutes and Aurelien Colin and Chris Duvall back from suspension. Kaka is still listed as day-to-day for Orlando with a calf injury, but right back Rafael Ramos is out four to six weeks with a hamstring problem. This is the third and last meeting this season between the two with New York having won at home and drawn in Orlando.
Sporting Kansas City (8-8-4) @ Chicago Fire (3-8-5), 8:30 p.m. EDT (CSN-Chi; KMCI-38/SKCTVN)
After a stretch that saw KC win only one of 10, Sporting appears to have regained its footing with a five-game unbeaten run including three wins out of their last four. Benny Feilhaber has scored in three of the last four games and Dom Dwyer will be back in the lineup after having to sit out Sunday's win over NYC because of accumulated yellows. As for Chicago, it's first two-game winning streak of the season – albeit one in the U.S. Open Cup – came to an end Saturday in Toronto. All three of its wins have come at home this season (with the loss in Canada extending is MLS record road winless streak to 33 games). Last week's shutout was the first time it had been held without a goal since May 18.
Real Salt Lake (8-5-5, 29 pts) @ Vancouver Whitecaps (7-8-4, 25 pts), 10:30 p.m. ET (KMYU-12, TSN-1)
Salt Lake drew two games and lost an Open Cup match on penalties during a three-game home stand and now must head out on the road where it is 3-5-2. It also won't have Kyle Beckerman, suspended for yellow card accumulation, and possibly Joao Plata because of a quadriceps injury and/or Jamison Olave because of a calf issue. Vancouver will look to pick itself up after taking a late lead against Colorado on Saturday and then surrendering the equalizing goal in injury time. It also will be without Kekuta Manneh, who injured his right foot against the Rapids.
Montreal Impact (6-4-7, 31 pts) @ Portland Timbers (6-6-7, 25 pts), 10:30 p.m. ET (TVAS , ROOT-NW)
Portland, which hasn't scored in three games – including an Open Cup loss to Los Angeles – returns home from after a Sunday game in New York and transcontinental flight. At least Providence Park should provide some comfort to the Timbers, who are 6-2-1 there and are tied for the fourth-most goals at home (19). Not helping is that Diego Chara will sit with accumulated yellow cards. That's in addition to goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey (finger), Diego Valeri (ankle) and now Darren Mattocks (hamstring) all being questionable with injuries. Montreal comes in with only one loss in their last 10 matches, but only two wins. At home, the Impact at 4-1-3. Didier Drogba missed another game in Saturday's 3-2 win over New England because of a thigh injury, and said he expected to be available again this coming weekend against New York City.
FC Dallas (11-5-4, 37 pts) @ Seattle Sounders FC (5-10-2, 17 pts), 10:30 p.m. ET (TWCSN-TX, Q13 FOX)
Teams at opposite ends of the Western Conference clash with Seattle winless in its last four MLS games – including three losses -- and Dallas victorious in its last three. Making matters worse for Seattle is that it has lost its last three home games – a first for the Sounders – and all by shutout. Seattle hasn't scored at home since May 7. The Sounders also have only scored one goal in their last four games overall. Dallas, by contrast, has won all of its last three games by a combined 7-0. And six different players have scored the goals, including Maximiliano Urruti, who tallied his first since April 26. Dallas hasn't allowed a goal in 315 minutes, third-longest in MLS this year.