D.C. UNITED (7-5-2) vs. FC DALLAS (9-6-2)
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Direct Kick)
United has revamped its back line by acquiring ex-Dallas defender Greg Vanney
Colorado and pairing him in the middle with Bobby Boswell
. Dallas coach Steve Morrow
gave Adrian Serioux
his first action of the season Monday against Atlanta in the U.S. Open
Cup as a tuneup for this meeting.
Last year at RFK the teams tied, 1-1, with Ben Olsen
and Ronnie O'Brien getting the goals. United has been dominant at home in its last three games,
winning all of them by combined scores of 11-4. RED BULL NEW YORK (7-5-3) vs. NEW ENGLAND (6-3-5)
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Espanol)
England dominated the series last year, winning three and tying once in four matches while giving up just two goals. This is the first meeting of 2007 and after the All-Star break, the teams play
again July 22 at RFK.
NYRB starts a run of five straight home games fresh off a 1-0 victory in Colorado that garnered first place after it had lost three of the previous four games. Juan
is due for a goal; he hasn't scored in the past three games.
The Revs were unable to beat Chivas USA in their last two games, losing 2-0 at Home Depot and tying, 1-1, at
Gillette Stadium last weekend. Their only league win since May 26 (five games) was a 3-0 thumping of Toronto three weeks ago. KANSAS CITY (6-5-4) vs. REAL SALT LAKE (1-7-6)
Saturday, 8 p.m ET. (Direct Kick)
Six games without a win has Kansas City in a sour mood and just the team to sweeten its demeanor arrives. The Wizards blew a 2-0 lead at Home Depot
last weekend and settled for a 2-2 tie, after it dominated play on the Fourth of July but lost to D.C. United, 1-0, at home. Eddie Johnson
is back from international duty but will he show
his K.C. radiance or his USA gloom?
Outclassed RSL is shorthanded as well: Mehdi Ballouchy
and Alecko Eskandarian
are suspended, and U.S. under-20s Chris Seitz, Freddy
and Nathan Sturgis
are otherwise occupied. A late equalizer by head coach Jason Kreis
highlighted the team's 3-3 tie at Arrowhead last year. CHIVAS USA (6-5-3) vs.
Saturday, 10:30 p.m. (HDNet)
A great Ante Razov
free kick in the second minute staked Chivas USA to a 1-0 lead when the teams played at Crew Stadium May 12,
but Ned Grabavoy
equalized in the 18th minute with a spectacular shot that bounced off both goalposts into the net. Grabavoy also cleared a ball off the line to preserve the tie.
game marked the MLS debut of Guillermo Barros Schelotto
. Tracking him is the best way to stifle the Crew's attack. Containing Frankie Hedjuk
's raids up the right flank will drain
, so a combination of Jonathan Bornstein, Jesse Marsch
and whoever else is available may determine if Team Preki
can snap the Crew's six-game unbeaten streak.
HOUSTON (10-5-2) vs. TORONTO FC (5-7-3)
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. (Direct Kick)
TFC beat the Dynamo, 1-0, at BMO Field May 16, but this is not the same team that was in the
midst of a barren spell (five losses in six games).
Eight wins in the last nine games has propelled Houston to the top of the Western Conference. It hammered Chicago, 4-0, Thursday night
despite leaving Dwayne DeRosario
on the bench until the final minutes and keeping Brian Ching
on the bench, period.
An incredible shutout streak of 605 minutes has the
Dynamo within one game of setting a new league record. Yet TFC has not been blanked while winning once and tying twice in its last three games, all of them played on the road.