MLS Today: Sounders' frontline depleted

The defending champion Seattle Sounders head into their game at Columbus on Wednesday with back-to-back wins for the first time this season, but they will be short-handed. Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris were both called into the U.S. national team camp, while Will Bruin, the first choice off the bench up front, is out with a dislocated elbow.

They have combined for nine of Seattle's 16 goals. The only other forward on the Sounders' roster is rookie Seyi Adekoya, who has played just 13 minutes all season.

Other USMNT players unavailable on Wednesday: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake). (Jefferson Savarino, the lone MLS player called up by Venezuela, will play for RSL at Houston but miss Saturday's game at FC Dallas in order to return to Utah for the USA-Venezuela game.)

MLS DISCIPLINE. New England Revolution forward Teal Bunbury (two games), D.C. United forward Jose Ortiz (one game) and Minnesota United midfielder Sam Cronin(one game) are were handed suspensions in decisions handed down by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

TRANSACTIONS. Sporting Kansas City signed 2016 USL first-team defender Amer Didic, the third player it signed from Swope Park Rangers, following defender Tyler Pasher and goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas, who joined the SKC first team in December. Didic, who played at the NAIA's Baker University, will occupy a domestic roster spot on the SKC roster, per new  MLS rules that modified international statuses of Canadian players.

MLS STREAKS:
UNBEATEN
8 Toronto FC (7 wins, 1 tie)
5 Chicago (4 wins, 1 tie)
5 LA Galaxy (3 wins, 2 ties)
3 Atlanta United (2 wins, 1 tie)
WINLESS
6 Orlando City (4 losses, 2 ties)
5 Portland (3 losses, 2 ties)
4 FC Dallas (2 losses, 2 ties)
3 Houston (2 losses, 1 tie)

MLS SCHEDULE, WEEK 14:
Wednesday, May 31
New York City vs. New England 7:30 pm
Columbus vs. Seattle 7:30 pm
Orlando City vs. D.C. United 7:30 pm
Houston vs. Real Salt Lake 8:30 pm
Friday, June 2
Portland vs. San Jose 11 pm UniMas
Saturday, June 3
New York City vs. Philadelphia 4 pm
Sporting KC vs. Minn. United 5 pm ESPN
Vancouver vs. Atlanta United 5:30 pm
D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy 7 pm
New England vs. Toronto FC 7:30 pm
Montreal vs. NY Red Bulls 7:30 pm
FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake 8 pm
Colorado vs. Columbus 9 pm
Sunday, June 4
Orlando City vs. Chicago 7:30 pm FS1
Seattle vs. Houston 10 pm
All times ET.

AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP:
Semifinals, Second Leg
Tuesday, May 30
Montreal 4 Vancouver 2
(Montreal wins 5-4 on aggregate.)
Wednesday, May 31
Toronto FC vs. Ottawa Fury (USL)
First Leg: Ottawa Fury 2-1.

MLS STANDINGS
Eastern Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
29 Toronto FC 8-1-5 26/12
24 Chicago 7-3-3 23/16
20 NYC FC 6-5-2 23/16
20 Orlando City 6-5-2 14/18
20 NY Red Bulls 6-6-2 15/20
19 Columbus 6-7-1 20/24
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18 Atlanta United 5-4-3 27/17
16 Philadelphia 4-5-4 19/16
16 New England 4-5-4 21/19
14 D.C. United 4-6-2 10/19
13 Montreal 3-4-4 18/18
Western Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
22 Sporting KC 6-4-4 16/10
20 Houston 6-5-2 22/20
20 FC Dallas 5-2-5 15/9
19 San Jose 5-5-4 16/18
18 Portland 5-5-3 22/21
17 LA Galaxy 5-5-2 19/19
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16 Vancouver 5-6-1 15/17
16 Seattle 4-5-4 17/19
14 Minn. United 4-7-2 19/30
14 Real Salt Lake 4-8-2 12/24
10 Colorado 3-8-1 10/17

MLS LEADING SCORERS:

G PLAYER (TEAM)
11+1 Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago)
9 Erick Torres (Houston)
8+1 Christian Ramirez (Minn. United)
8 David Villa (NYC FC)
8 C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia)
7+2 Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United)
7+1 David Accam (Chicago)
7 Ola Kamara (Columbus)
7 Cyle Larin (Orlando City)
7 Justin Meram (Columbus)
6+2 Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy)
6+1 Bradley Wright-Phillips (NY Red Bulls)
6+1 Lee Nguyen (New England)
6+1 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
6 Ignacio Piatti (Montreal)
6 Diego Valeri (Portland)
6 Fanendo Adi (Portland)
6 Juan Agudelo (New England)
6 Romain Alessandrini (LA Galaxy)
6 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)
6 Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
6 Maximiliano Urruti (FC Dallas)

MLS SCHEDULE, WEEK 15:
Saturday, June 10
Chicago vs. Atlanta United 4 pm UniMas
Sporting KC vs. Montreal 8 pm
Portland vs. FC Dallas 10:30 pm
All times ET.

2 comments about "MLS Today: Sounders' frontline depleted".
  1. Quarterback TD, May 31, 2017 at 9:18 a.m.

    Some of these are really stupid excuses even before the games are played.. Seattle won the championship without Clint last year so what is the big deal now ? These teams has 23 players minimum to allow for these events. Coaches need to adjust for these occasions else get out the sport..

  2. Paul Stierle, May 31, 2017 at 10:06 a.m.

    Could you predict who is going to win the MLS? What about the 4 best teams? Just when I think it is Portland they slide. Then just when I thought Dallas they are sliding. Just when I think Minnesota is terrible they are winning. So much to consider in a season. Injuries but playing during the national breaks. Over 30 players gone and still MLS plays. What a head ache to manage. It is exciting too. And where will Sigi end up?

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