NEW YORK (1-5-2) vs. SAN JOSE (1-4-2), 7:30 p.m. ET, Direct Kick
With just two wins in 15 games between them, and winless in their last eight, the Red Bulls and Quakes might stage one of the grimmest displays of the season. New York beat San Jose, 2-1, in the U.S. Open Cup last week. Both teams are coming off 1-0 defeats: to the Galaxy and Chivas USA, respectively.
Prediction: Red Bulls 2, Quakes 0
COLUMBUS (0-2-5) vs. KANSAS CITY (3-3-2), 7 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel
Having squandered a chance to take the Eastern Conference lead by tying D.C., 1-1, at home Wednesday, the Wizards go back on the road, where they are 1-2-1 this season. Right back Frankie Hedjuk returned to action in a midweek exhibition after sitting out a month: Can he spark the Crew to its first win? Somebody has to.
Prediction: Crew 2, Wizards 0
D.C. UNITED (3-1-4) vs. TORONTO FC (3-2-3), 7:30 p.m., Direct Kick
United's midfield must stifle Dwayne De Rosario, who is healthy and coming off an impressive performance in a 1-0 defeat of Vancouver Wednesday. TFC hopes Sam Cronin and Adrian Serioux can return after sitting out the midweek match because of injuries, and Chad Barrett can exorcise his finishing demons. D.C. United leads the East standings, one point ahead of Toronto.
Prediction: United 2, TFC 2
CHICAGO (2-0-5) vs. NEW ENGLAND (2-2-2), 8:30 p.m., Direct Kick
Unless it falls prey to overconfidence, having beaten the Revs in all three regular-season meetings as well as the conference semifinals last year, the Fire should be too potent for its shorthanded opponent. With its next three games on the road, it needs to win this one at home, where it has tied two in a row.
Prediction: Fire 3, Revs 1.
HOUSTON (2-2-2) vs. FC DALLAS (1-5-1), 9 p.m., Direct Kick
FCD coach Schellas Hyndman has vowed to shake up his lineup but with the Dynamo apparently hitting its stride, his timing may be off. Houston has won twice and tied once while posting three straight shutouts after conceding five goals in its first three games, so a repeat of last year's 3-3 tie at Robertson isn't likely. Still, the teams tied all three of their meetings in 2008.
Prediction: Dynamo 2, FCD 1.
CHIVAS USA (6-1-1) vs. REAL SALT LAKE (3-3-1), 10:30 p.m., ESPN2
Jamison Olave and Javier Morales return from sitting out one-game suspensions in the crazy 2-2 tie with Los Angeles Wednesday, but RSL is 0-3 on the road this season, will be missing keeper Nick Rimando, and is up against the stingiest (three goals allowed) defense in MLS. A repeat of last year's 1-0 victory at HDC is unlikely.
Prediction: Chivas USA 1, RSL 0.
SEATTLE (4-2-1) vs. LOS ANGELES (1-1-5), 3 p.m., TeleFutura
Kudos to the Galaxy for storming back not once, but twice, in stoppage time to snatch a point in Salt Lake City Wednesday, but the Sounders - even without the suspended Fredy Montero -- are more potent up front, sharper in midfield, and stronger in the back. Their goalie is pretty good, too.
Prediction: Sounders 2, Galaxy 1.
Last night: 1-1. Season: 23-31