Seattle takes aim at Galaxy, Crew win essential

[MLS SCHEDULE: Week 28] MLS is playing right through the September FIFA fixture dates with 11 games scheduled this week -- two on Wednesday and nine on the weekend.

Without Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson as well as the injured Brad Evans, the Seattle Sounders will look to tie the second-place LA Galaxy on points in the Western Conference with a win over Chivas USA on Wednesday.

In his first game as interim coach, Brian Bliss will lead the Columbus Crew at home against the Houston Dynamo. The win over the Dynamo is essential if the Crew wants to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 28:
Wednesday, September 4
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Houston
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chivas USA

Saturday, September 7
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Vancouver
Sporting KC vs. Columbus
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chicago, NBCSN
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Colorado
11 pm ET
Portland vs. Toronto FC

Sunday, September 8
5 pm ET
Houston vs. New York, UniMas
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Montreal
9 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. D.C. United
11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Philadelphia, ESPN2
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/-

42 (25) Montreal 12-7-6 41/35
42 (27) New York 12-9-6 40/35
42 (27) Sporting KC 12-9-6 38/27
39 (27) Philadelphia 10-8-9 37/37
37 (26) New England 10-9-7 35/25
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37 (25) Houston 10-8-7 30/30
35 (25) Chicago 10-10-5 31/35
29 (26) Columbus 8-13-5 29/35
22 (26) Toronto FC 4-12-10 23/35
14 (26) D.C. United 3-18-5 16/43

Western Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/-
48 (28) Real Salt Lake 14-8-6 52/35
43 (26) LA Galaxy 13-9-4 43/32
40 (24) Seattle 12-8-4 32/26
39 (27) Colorado 10-8-9 34/29
39 (26) Portland 9-5-12 39/30
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37 (26) Vancouver 10-9-7 38/35
37 (26) FC Dallas 9-7-10 36/38
34 (26) San Jose 9-10-7 28/40
22 (26) Chivas USA 5-14-7 26/47
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
15 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
14 Camilo (Vancouver)
14 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
12+2 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
10+1 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
10 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9+1 Diego Fagundez (New England)
9 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
9 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
9 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 29:
Wednesday, September 11
7:30 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Chicago

Friday, September 13
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, NBCSN

Saturday, September 14
2 pm ET
Montreal vs. Columbus
4 pm ET
D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy, UniMas
7 pm ET
New York vs. Toronto FC
7:30 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Houston
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. New England
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. FC Dallas
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Vancouver
Chivas USA vs. Portland
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