Midweek MLS Game Previews
Houston Dynamo v Sporting Kansas City
The Dynamo will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games as they look to close in on the top two in the Eastern Conference. When the two teams last faced each other back in May it ended it a 1-1 draw, but that game was in Kansas City.
Currently two points behind the Red Bulls in the East Sporting know that if they register their second win in a row it will take them back to the top of the Conference. Confidence should be high as when they faced the Dynamo the first time this campaign in May they came away with a 1-0 success and that game was in Texas as well. The only down side is that it is also International week and they will be without defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi who have being called up by the US National Team for World Cup Qualifiers.
Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps
Having seen their seven game unbeaten run blown our of the water with their 5-1 debacle last time out they will be looking to commence another impressive run starting here with a win that would take them back to the head of the Western Conference. Their cause was not helped last time by them missing Clint Dempsey (hamstring), Obafemi Martins (hip), Djimi Traore (hamstring), Leo Gonzalez (groin), Steve Zakuani (groin) and Shalrie Joseph (knee) and head coach Sigi Schmid will be hoping to get some of them back for this game. He will however be missing Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson, US National team and Zach Scott (Suspension). The good news for the Sounders fans was when these two sides first played here this season back in June it was the hosts who came out on top by the odd goal in five.
Depending what happens in their late Sunday game at home to Portland and LA’s clash with Chivas this encounter could be a must win for the Canadian side if their playoff aspirations are to be fulfilled. A loss in their last game meant they are currently in seventh place four points out of the playoff places. They did manage a 2-0 success though when the two sides last faced each other in July, but that encounter was across the Border.
San Jose Earthquakes v Colorado Rapids
Despite having no game at the weekend the Earthquakes managed to still remain in sixth place in the Western Conference. They come into this match in good form having won their last two and unbeaten in their last four outings. In the last meeting between these two outfits back in June it was San Jose who emerged with a 2-1 success and that game was in Colorado as well. They will be however without defender Victor Bernardez and midfielder Marvin Chavez who will be with the Honduran National team.
The Visitors got back to winning ways with an impressive display in Seattle which saw them move up to fourth out West. When the two sides hooked up last in California back in May it ended in a 1-1 draw. Influential forward Gabriel Torres will be unavailable after being selected by Panama for their Internationals.
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