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Reborn and rehabilitated Sounders are thriving
by Ridge Mahoney, May 6th, 2014 8:52PM

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[MLS: Week 10] One couldn’t blame Sounders fans for being a bit wary of getting too enthusiastic over the team’s latest winning streak, yet there’s no question Seattle’s run is an impressive one. A 2-1 comeback victory against Philadelphia on Saturday extended its winning streak to four games heading into a match Wednesday (10 p.m. ET, MLS DirectKick) at CenturyLink Field against FC Dallas, which unlike the Sounders bounced smartly out of the gate but has fizzled since losing at home to Seattle, 3-2, on April 12.

The Western Conference meeting is one of three MLS games Wednesday. There’s another Western Conference matchup in San Jose, which hosts Colorado (10:30 ET, MLS DirectKick), as well as an important Eastern Conference game between host Houston and Columbus (8 p.m. ET, MLS DirectKick).

That 3-2 win at Dallas was the first game of the Sounders’ winning run of four and FCD’s first loss of the season. Seattle rallied to win from a 2-1 deficit on a Stephen Keel own goal and Clint Dempsey’s second of the game with five minutes remaining. Keeper Stefan Frei will want to atone for a wind-blown gaffe in the 10th minute that enabled Dallas striker David Texeira to score the opener.

FC Dallas has also lost its last two and will play Seattle on just two days of rest plus the travel after falling, 1-0, to New York on Sunday. Je-Vaughn Watson’s red card in the 10th minute made it tough sledding for FCD, which battled on at 0-0 for about an hour before Dax McCarty sliced open its defense with a long ball and Bradley Wright-Phillips banged home Thierry Henry’s square pass.

So far, the offseason changes wrought by Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid are producing results. Defender Chad Marshall, who commandeered the Crew back line when Schmid led it to the title in 2008, has revived his game in Seattle and netted the winner Saturday against Philly from a corner kick by former Fire midfielder Marco Pappa, who came on as a sub. Like Marshall's, Frei's career has been reborn; he'd been stuck on the bench in Toronto after recovering from a set of serious injuries.

In between the Dallas and Philly victories, Seattle beat Chivas USA and Colorado by combined scores of 6-2. Dempsey, who netted just one league goal last season after arriving in August, leads MLS so far in 2014 with eight.

The Sounders' starting lineup was also bolstered last weekend by the return of captain Brad Evans, who has been battling injuries and made just his third start of the season against Philly. Evans accidentally gave Philly its lead when he headed into his own net, but he then set up Obafemi Martins for the equalizer and eventually played three positions -- right midfield, left back and center back -- as Seattle juggled its lineup and rallied to win.

“I thought he did well,” said Schmid. “That’s Brad’s thing is versatility. That’s part of what we need him to do.”

MLS WEEK 10, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 7
8 pm ET
Houston vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 10
4 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
Montreal vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE, UDN
7 pm ET
New York vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 11
2:30 pm ET
Portland vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN, MLS LIVE
3 pm ET
Colorado vs. Chivas USA, UniMas
6 pm ET
New England vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Houston vs. Real Salt Lake
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
14 Sporting KC 4-2-2 11/6
14 New England 4-3-2 9/10
14 New York 3-2-5 14/12
12 Columbus 3-2-3 12/9
11 D.C. United 3-3-2 12/11
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11 Houston 3-4-2 12/14
9 Toronto FC 3-4-0 6/9
8 Philadelphia 1-4-5 10/13
6 Montreal 1-4-3 8/15
6 Chicago 0-2-6 13/15

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
19 Seattle 6-2-1 20/13
17 Real Salt Lake 4-0-5 16/10
16 FC Dallas 5-3-1 18/14
14 Colorado 4-2-2 10/9
13 Vancouver 3-2-4 15/12
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8 LA Galaxy 2-2-2 7/5
8 Portland 1-3-5 12/15
6 San Jose 1-3-3 8/10
6 Chivas USA 1-5-3 9/18
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
7 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
6 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
5 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
5 Chris Wondolowski
, San Jose
5 Will Bruin, Houston
5 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
5 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado
5 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United

MLS WEEK 11, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 14
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 17
4:30 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. New York, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
Philadelphia vs. New England, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA, MLS LIVE
Houston vs. LA Galaxy, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 18
3 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, UniMas

MLS WEEK 12, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 21
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Friday, May 23
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC, MLS LIVE, UDN
Saturday, May 24
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
New York vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
New England vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 25
8 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia, UDN
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Houston

MLS WEEK 13, Schedule:
Tuesday, May 27
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. New York, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Wednesday, May 28
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 31, 2014
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
5 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. New England, MLS LIVE
D.C. United vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE, UDN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE



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