Galaxy looks to closes gap on Real Salt Lake

[MLS PREVIEW: Week 25] The two-time defending MLS champion LA Galaxy, currently tied for fifth place in the Western Conference, faces a big test Saturday as it hosts current Supporters' Shield leader Real Salt Lake. A win would cut the deficit with RSL to four points with a game in hand.

Second- and third-place teams in both conferences square off on Saturday as New York hosts Philadelphia and Colorado welcomes Vancouver at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

In the weekend's only interconference match, Clint Dempsey returns to his home state of Texas for the Seattle Sounders' match at Houston.

The only idle team this weekend is Chivas USA, which will have time to address the recent slew of red cards. The club said in a statement that it was considering disciplinary action against the players for the five red cards in five games.

Unbeaten Streaks:
8 Colorado (4-0-4)
4 Chicago (3-0-1)
4 Seattle (3-0-1)

Winless Streaks:
10 FC Dallas (0-4-6)
3 Portland (0-1-2)
3 Chivas USA (0-2-1)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 25:
Saturday, August 17
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. D.C. United
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Chicago
Columbus vs. Toronto FC
8 pm ET
New York vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Seattle
9:30 pm ET
Colorado vs. Vancouver
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
11 pm ET
Portland vs. FC Dallas

Sunday, August 18

11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Sporting KC, UniMas
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

39 Sporting KC 11-7-6 36/24
38 New York 11-8-5 36/31
37 Philadelphia 10-7-7 36/32
35 Montreal 10-7-5 34/34
33 Houston 9-7-6 26/22
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31 Chicago 9-9-4 29/32
30 New England 8-8-6 27/23
26 Columbus 7-11-5 27/30
20 Toronto FC 4-11-8 21/31
13 D.C. United 3-17-4 13/38

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

41 Real Salt Lake 12-7-5 39/26
36 Vancouver 10-7-6 37/29
36 Colorado 9-7-9 31/27
35 Portland 8-3-11 32/21
34 LA Galaxy 10-9-4 35/30
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34 Seattle 10-7-4 29/23
33 FC Dallas 8-6-9 30/33
30 San Jose 8-10-6 25/35
18 Chivas USA 4-13-6 20/40
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
14 Camilo (Vancouver)
14 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
11 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
9 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
9 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
8 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 26:
Wednesday, August 21
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas
11 pm ET
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake

Friday, August 23
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, NBCSN

Saturday, August 24
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. Houston
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose
9 pm ET
Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus

Sunday, August 25
5 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. New York, UniMas
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Philadelphia
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Portland, ESPN2
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