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Streaking Portland hosts Western leaders
June 13th, 2013 10:17PM

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[MLS SCHEDULE: Week 16] The first of two meetings in 12 days between Western Conference leader FC Dallas (8-2-4) and streaking Portland (5-1-8) takes place Saturday night at Jeld-Wen Field.

Dallas and Portland both prevailed in their Open Cup matches Wednesday; FCD belted Texas rival Houston, 3-0, and the Timbers downed Tampa Bay of the NASL, 2-0.

In league play, Portland is riding a club-record 12-game unbeaten streak. This is the first of three meetings; they play again June 26 at FC Dallas Stadium, and again in Portland Aug. 17.

(MLS will look to get a boost in the TV ratings as the Portland-FC Dallas game follows the Brazil-Japan Confederations Cup opener on ESPN.)

San Jose plays its first league game since dumping head coach Frank Yallop when it faces the Rapids Saturday in Commerce City, Colo. Officially, Yallop and the team mutually decided to part ways following a meeting of team president David Kaval, general manager John Doyle and Yallop.

The Quakes 3-6-6 record certainly played a role, yet Kaval stated he’d gone into the meeting with no intent of making a change. Former assistant Mark Watson has taken over, and despite its dismal record San Jose is only five points behind Colorado (5-4-5, 20 points), which is tied with the Galaxy in fifth place, the lowest playoff slot.

Eastern Conference leader Montreal (8-2-2) returns from yet another bye week with a match at Columbus (4-5-5). Veteran Impact defender Alessandro Nesta is suspended.

New England (5-4-5) has blanked opponents for 395 consecutive minutes heading into its game at Vancouver (4-5-4), which is one of the possible future destinations being mentioned regarding native son Yallop.

Eastern Conference stragglers D.C. United (1-10-3) and Toronto FC (1-7-5) meet at RFK Stadium in a match fraught with futility.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 16:
Saturday, June 15
5 pm ET
Portland vs. FC Dallas, ESPN
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Montreal, Univision Dep.
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. San Jose
10 pm ET
Vancouver vs. New England
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

26 Montreal 8-2-2 22/15
25 New York 7-5-4 23/19
22 Houston 6-3-4 19/14
22 Philadelphia 6-5-4 22/24
20 New England 5-4-5 15/9
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19 Sporting KC 5-5-4 18/13
17 Columbus 4-5-5 16/16
12 Chicago 3-7-3 11/19
8 Toronto FC 1-7-5 11/19
6 D.C. United 1-10-3 6/24

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

28 FC Dallas 8-2-4 23/17
27 Real Salt Lake 8-5-3 24/16
23 Portland 5-1-8 24/16
21 Seattle 6-4-3 19/15
20 LA Galaxy 6-6-2 22/18
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20 Colorado 5-4-5 15/12
16 Vancouver 4-5-4 18/20
15 San Jose 3-6-6 13/23
11 Chivas USA 3-8-2 13/26
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
8 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
7 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
6 Thierry Henry (New York)
6 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
5 Camilo (Vancouver)
5 Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
5 Diego Fagundez (New England)
5 Will Johnson (Portland)
5 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
5 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
5 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 17:
Wednesday, June 19
8 pm ET
Montreal vs. Houston
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Colorado
10 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Chivas USA
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Portland

Saturday, June 22
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. San Jose
8 pm ET
Columbus vs. Chicago
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Sporting KC
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Toronto FC
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle

Sunday, June 23
5 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. New York, ESPN
7 pm ET
Portland vs. Colorado, NBCSN
11 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, UniMas

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 18:
Saturday, June 29
1 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Real Salt Lake
5:30 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. FC Dallas, NBCSN
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. Colorado, Univision Dep.
D.C. United vs. Vancouver
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Columbus
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. LA Galaxy (at Stanford Stadium)
Chivas USA vs. New England

Sunday, June 30
2 pm ET
New York vs. Houston, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes


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