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Three games to watch
by Paul Kennedy, April 17th, 2014 9:26PM

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[MLS: Week 7] Real Salt Lake and Portland face off for the first time since meeting in the 2013 Western Conference final. RSL owned the Timbers in 2013 -- sweeping both playoff games and going unbeaten in six meetings in all competitions -- and there's no indication, at least right now, the same thing won't happen in 2014 as RSL enters Saturday's match at Rio Tinto Stadium as MLS's only unbeaten team and the Timbers have yet to win in six outings.

MLS: The USA 20

RSL will probably take its 2-0-4 start, given its massive injuries, but it should probably be 4-0-2 or better. It could get back Nick Rimando, Luis Gil and Joao Plata, who missed last week's 2-2 tie at Philadelphia -- a match in which RSL blew two leads and allowed the tying goal in the 90th minute.

As for the Timbers, they continue to preach caution after their 0-2-4 start but you really have to be worried if you get outpossessed (53-47 percent) and outshot (13-8) by Chivas USA at home as Portland was in last week's 1-1 draw. Argentine veterans Gaston Fernandez and Norberto Paparatto were supposed to help put the Timbers over the top, but neither started last week and neither is projected to start this weekend.

Also worth watching ...

FC DALLAS-TORONTO FC. Toronto is quickly getting a chance to see how good it is as Saturday's game against FC Dallas in Frisco is its third in six games at a Western Conference club. TFC won, 2-1, at Seattle and lost, 3-0, at Real Salt Lake. TFC's 3-2-0 start is good, given all of its injury problems. It will be without Jermain Defoe (hamstring), Doneil Henry (knee), Alvaro Rey (hamstring) and Dwayne De Rosario and Michael Bradley is wait-and-see. The good news: young Jonathan Osorio is back with the team.

PHILADELPHIA-HOUSTON. The Union started off with a tie (at Portland) and a win and the Dynamo opened with a pair of wins. Since then, they are a combined 0-4-4 and have dropped below the red line in the Eastern Conference. Fortunately, for both teams, just three teams in the Eastern Conference have winning records, so they can move up quickly. How much Brad Davis means to the Dynamo was evident at New England a week ago as the Dynamo mustered only nine shots in a 2-0 loss without its injured captain.

Wednesday night ...

After seven games, the New York Red Bulls, the 2013 Supporters' Shield champions, finally recorded their first win. They got second-half goals from Thierry Henry and Lloyd Sam and survived a late red card to defeat the Philadelphia Union, 2-1. The result left both teams with seven points after seven games with identical 1-2-4 records. The 78th-minute red card to Ibrahim Sekagya for a handball in the area gave Philadelphia a penalty kick that Sebastien Le Toux converted to bring the Union back into the game. Philadelphia could not get the equalizer, though, as its winless streak reached five games.



MLS RESULTS, Week 7:
Wednesday, April 16
New York 2 Philadelphia 1.
NY: Thierry Henry (Roy Miller, Eric Alexander) 57
NY: Lloyd Sam (Eric Alexander) 67
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux 80
Red Card: NY -- Ibrahim Sekagya 78.
Att.: 14,768.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 7:
Saturday, April 19
4 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Houston MLS LIVE
Chicago vs. New England, NBCSN
6 pm ET
Colorado vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC, MLS LIVE
Sporting KC vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
10 Columbus 3-1-1 10/5
9 Toronto FC 3-2-0 5/5
8 Sporting KC 2-1-2 5/4
7 D.C. United 2-2-1 5/6
7 New England 2-3-1 4/8
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7 Philadelphia 1-2-4 9/10
7 New York 1-2-4 8/11
6 Houston 2-3-0 7/8
5 Chicago 0-1-5 10/11
3 Montreal 0-3-3 7/11

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
13 FC Dallas 4-1-1 15/9
10 Colorado 3-1-1 8/5
10 Seattle 3-2-1 12/10
10 Real Salt Lake 2-0-4 10/6
8 Vancouver 2-2-2 8/6
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7 LA Galaxy 2-1-1 5/2
6 Chivas USA 1-2-3 7/11
4 Portland 0-2-4 8/11
2 San Jose 0-2-2 5/7
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
6+2 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
5+1 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
4+1 Federico Higuain, Columbus
4 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado
3+1 Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago
3+1 Chris Wondolowski, San Jose
3 Je-Vaughn Watson, FC Dallas
3 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
3 Kenny Miller, Vancouver
3 Will Bruin, Houston
3 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 8:
Wednesday, April 23
7:30 pm ET
New York vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
Saturday, April 26
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE Univision Dep.
Montreal vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. New York, MLS LIVE
New England vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Chivas USA, MLS LIVE
Sunday, April 27
3 pm ET
Houston vs. Portland, UniMas


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