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Canadian teams set to resume MLS season
by Ridge Mahoney, June 24th, 2014 8:55PM
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[MLS: Week 16] Vancouver’s hosting of Montreal Wednesday (10 p.m. ET, MLS Direct Kick) starts a run of 10 MLS games in five days. The league shut down two weeks ago, on June 11, though the American teams have been busy with U.S. Open Cup commitments.

The ‘Caps (5-2-6, 21 points) are riding a team-record seven-game unbeaten streak and are missing only right back Steven Beitashour, who is in Brazil with Iran’s national team, and injured centerback Jay DeMerit (torn ankle tendon). They have won both MLS meetings between the teams and last September drilled the Impact at Stade Saputo, 3-0, with Kenny Miller and the since-departed Camilo Sanvezzo netting the goals.

Pedro Morales is in the running for Newcomer of the Year honors after scoring six goals and registering five assists. The speed of Erik Hurtado has sparked the attack; he’s scored a goal in each of the last four games, which are his only four starts of the season.

During the break, Montreal signed Spanish midfielder Gorka Larrea, a veteran of eight seasons in Spain’s top two divisions who played 90 minutes in a reserve league game last week against Harrisburg City Islanders of USL Pro. He is being groomed to take over for Hernan Bernardello, who traveled to Mexico last week for a physical as part of an impending move to Cruz Azul of Liga MX. Bernadello is not scheduled to leave until next week and could play against Vancouver Wednesday and Houston Saturday.

The Impact (2-7-4, 10 pts.) is last in the Eastern Conference. It lost its last league match, 4-2, to D.C. United at Stade Saputo June 11 despite goals by Jack McInerney and Andres Romero. Both were in good form before the break-- McInerney scored his third goal in the last four matches and Romero tallied in a third straight game – but Montreal has conceded 12 goals in the last five games. All six of the Impact’s goals during that span have been scored by either Romero or McInerney.

Montreal confirmed Tuesday that Colombian defender Nelson Rivas has been removed from the roster. The Serie A veteran played 11 games in 2012 after being acquired but has been unable to play a league game for the first team the past two seasons because of injuries. He played against Houston in last year’s playoffs and suffered another injury last month in the opening game of the Amway Canadian Championship against Toronto FC.

On Friday, New York hosts Toronto and Sporting Kansas City plays at Portland.

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
25 D.C. United 7-4-4 22/16
23 New England 7-5-2 21/18
22 Sporting KC 6-5-4 21/14
19 Toronto FC 6-4-1 15/13
18 New York 4-5-6 22/22
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18 Columbus 4-5-6 18/18
17 Houston 5-9-2 16/29
15 Philadelphia 3-7-6 22/27
14 Chicago 2-4-8 22/25
10 Montreal 2-7-4 13/26

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
32 Seattle 10-3-2 32/23
25 Real Salt Lake 6-2-7 25/21
22 Colorado 6-5-4 21/18
22 FC Dallas 6-7-4 28/28
21 Vancouver 5-2-6 25/20
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20 Portland 4-4-8 28/27
17 LA Galaxy 4-3-5 16/11
16 San Jose 4-5-4 15/14
11 Chivas USA 2-7-5 14/26
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
11 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
11 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
9 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
7 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
7 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United
7 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

MLS, Week 16:
Wednesday, June 25
10 p.m. ET
Vancouver vs. Montreal
Friday, June 27
8 p.m. ET
New York vs. Toronto FC
11 p.m. ET
Portland vs. Sporting KC
Saturday, June 28
7 p.m. ET
D.C. United vs.  Seattle
7:30 p.m. ET
New England vs. Philadelphia
8 p.m. ET
Columbus vs. FC Dallas
9 p.m. ET
Colorado vs. Vancouver
10:30 p.m. ET
Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake
San Jose vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN
Sunday, June 29
7:30 p.m. ET
Montreal vs.  Houston

MLS, Week 17:
Wednesday, July 2
8:30 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. Toronto FC
10:30 p.m. ET
San Jose vs. Chivas USA
Friday, July 4
8:30 p.m. ET
Houston vs. New York, NBCSN
9 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia
9:30 p.m. ET
Colorado vs. Columbus
10 p.m. ET
Real Salt Lake vs. New England
11 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy vs. Portland, NBCSN
Saturday, July 5
7 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. D.C. United
10 p.m. ET
Vancouver vs. Seattle
10:30 p.m. ET
Chivas USA vs. Montreal
Sunday, July 6
3 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. Chicago, ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes


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