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Gold Cup impacts key weekend matches
by Paul Kennedy, July 18th, 2013 10:54PM

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[MLS SCHEDULE: Week 21] Playing through the Gold Cup has its risks for MLS. One of the biggest match days of the MLS season takes place Saturday with a battle between conference leaders Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake and a pair of key Western Conference matches, Seattle-Colorado and LA Galaxy-Vancouver among eight games on tap. All three will be impacted by ongoing Gold Cup obligations -- and late callups.

The team in the worst shape is Supporters' Shield leader Real Salt Lake, which will again be without four starters on Gold Cup duty -- Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran and Kyle Beckerman for the USA and Alvaro Saborio for Costa Rica.

Sporting Kansas City lost one national team starter, Matt Besler, for up to the next two weekends when Jurgen Klinsmann used his option to add four new players for the knockout stage of the Gold Cup, but another, Graham Zusi, was not called up from the 35-player shortlist.

The injury-riddled Seattle Sounders lost Eddie Johnson for their match at home against Colorado Saturday afternoon. Seattle, which trails fifth-place Los Angeles and Colorado by six points, will likely head into the game without four other regular starters who are injured.

The Galaxy, already missing Landon Donovan, got a break when Klinsmann called up defender Omar Gonzalez but agreed that he could remain with the Galaxy for Saturday's match against Vancouver.

Depending on Saturday's results, the Galaxy could be in as high as second place or as low as sixth place at the end of the night.

Seven other teams in action this weekend have players still on Gold Cup duty:

Chicago (Sean Johnson, USA)
Columbus (Jairo Arrieta, Costa Rica)
FC Dallas (Blas Perez, Panama)
D.C. United (Bill Hamid, USA)
New York (Roy Miller, Costa Rica)
Philadelphia (Keon Daniel, Trinidad & Tobago)
Portland (Rodney Wallace, Costa Rica)

There teams with Gold Cup players are off this weekend:

Chivas USA (Steven Purdy, El Salvador)
Houston (Will Bruin, USA)
San Jose (Marvin Chavez, Honduras; Clarence Goodson, USA)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 21:
Saturday, July 20
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Colorado
Toronto FC vs. New York
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. FC Dallas
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. New England
Philadelphia vs. Portland
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. D.C. United
10 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting KC
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver

MLS RESULTS, Week 21:
Wednesday, July 17
Colorado 2 New England 1.
NE: Juan Toja 15
COL: Nick LaBrocca (Dillon Powers) 62
COL: own goal 67
Att.: 13,833.

Wednesday, July 17
Chivas USA 1 Toronto FC 0.
CHV: Erick Torres (Tristan Bowen) 79
Att.: 7,851.
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

33 Sporting KC 9-5-6 29/19
31 Montreal 9-5-4 31/29
31 New York 9-7-4 29/24
30 Philadelphia 8-6-6 32/30
29 Houston 8-6-5 22/19
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24 New England 6-7-6 23/18
23 Columbus 6-8-5 23/23
21 Chicago 6-9-3 20/28
13 Toronto FC 2-10-7 17/28
10 D.C. United 2-13-4 8/29

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

37 Real Salt Lake 11-5-4 32/18
33 Portland 8-2-9 30/18
32 Vancouver 9-5-5 33/26
31 FC Dallas 8-5-7 27/27
30 LA Galaxy 9-8-3 30/24
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30 Colorado 8-7-6 25/23
24 Seattle 7-7-3 21/20
24 San Jose 6-9-6 21/32
17 Chivas USA 4-11-5 18/35
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
12 Camilo (Vancouver)
11 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
11 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
8 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
7 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
7 Thierry Henry (New York)
7 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 22:
Saturday, July 27
2 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. New England
Montreal vs. Sporting KC
New York vs. Real Salt Lake
Vancouver vs. Philadelphia, Univision Dep.
8 pm ET
Houston vs. Chicago, NBCSN
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. LA Galaxy
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Portland

Sunday, July 28

11 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chivas USA, Univision Dep.


1 comment
  1. John Soares
    commented on: July 19, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.
    Just curious!? Why does the Galaxy get such a big and important break/exception when the Sounders, and Sporting don't?


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