MLS Game Previews July 27th
Toronto FC V Columbus Crew
The hosts may have new signing Álvaro Rey available to face the Crew. Rey signed on Thursday having previously plied his trade for Xérez in the Spanish second division. With the Canadian side not having registered a goal in their last three outings and have not won on their regular home field for more than a year they will be looking at Rey to help remedy this problem whist veteran strikers Robert Earnshaw and Danny Koevermans are out injured.
The crew are also not in the best of form only recording one win in their last five outings. History is on their side though as they have never being beaten in Toronto in their eight previous trips there. This included a 1-0 success back in May when a goal by Dominic Oduro was enough for the visitors to take the points.
Montreal Impact V Sporting Kansas City
The hosts will be hoping they get international clearance soon for their two new recruits Hernan Bernardello and Adrián López Rodríguez who they signed this week. It is six games since they have registered a victory and even though they are only 4 points off their opponents a further prolonged winless run could see them overtaken by the teams below.
Sporting come into the game full of confidence as they themselves are on a six game unbeaten streak and the last three have seen them claim maximum points. They will however be missing their first choice centrebacks, as Matt Besler is with the USA National team and Aurelien Collin is serving a one match suspension. The two side have spit the earlier match-ups in KC with the hosts victorious 2-0 back in March and Montreal claiming their revenge 2-1 in June.
New York Red Bulls V Real Salt Lake
The hosts have a mini two game unbeaten run going as they head into this inter Conference match-up. A win will keep the pressure on Montreal as they fight for second in the Eastern Conference. Fabián Espíndola, Jámison Olave and Jonny Steele will have more incentive than most to succeed as the trio are former RSL players.
The visitors make the trip East as Western Conference leaders. A 2-1 loss at home to Sporting Kansas City last time out saw their eight game unbeaten streak snapped though, but they do have Costa Rican forward Álvaro Saborío back available after being away with his National team in Gold Cup action.
Vancouver Whitecaps V Philadelphia Union
The hosts saw their six game unbeaten streak ended by a 2-1 defeat to the LA Galaxy in their last game. Designate player Kenny Miller signed a six months extension on Wednesday to ensure he remains for the rest of the campaign, but there was bad news as well as Jamaican international Darren Mattocks underwent minor knee surgery on Thursday, The procedure, a partial meniscectomy on his right knee, was successful. David Ousted may also make his debut in goal.
The union come in to this inter Conference game also in a good run of form. Only one defeat in their last eight games has them sitting in a comfortable place to mount a challenge. The leagues leading assists man Sebastien Le Toux will also be making his first return to his former club.
DC United V New England Revolution
With a win-less streak at four games and with only two victories all year it is a far cry from the hosts glory days. The positive was new signing from Toronto Luis Silva scored their first goal from open play in nine games on his debut.
The visitors got back to winning ways with a 2-0 success in Columbus last time out to snap their two game skid. Consistence is the Revs major problem as a draw tonight would even their record to seven wins, loses and draws.Both Saer Sene and Stephen McCarthy are available again after both missed resent game time through injuries. The previous meeting this term between the two teams ended scoreless.
Colorado Rapids V LA Galaxy
The hosts unbeaten run now stands at five matches after they claimed their first ever point in Seattle with a 1-1 draw in their last game. A win tonight would see them jump LA as teams two-five are separated by just three points.
The visitors bounced back with a 2-1 victory last time against Vancouver. Despite taking the game earlier in the season 1-0 the Galaxy are under no illusions as to the test they will face tonight. The game will be extra significant for Pablo Mastroeni who spent twelve seasons in the Rocky Mountains.
Houston Dynamo V Chicago Fire
The home side will be looking to record three straight wins for the first time this campaign tonight which could put them as high as second depending on other scores.
The Fire snapped a two game losing run with a 4-1 win over DC United last time out. Dilly Duka’s however is unlikely to play after sustaining a groin injury in that game. When these two met earlier in the season here the honors went to the Dynamo by a score of 2-1 with Brad Davis netting the winner late on.
San Jose Earthquakes V Portland Timbers
The hosts ended their two game losing skid last time out with a 1-0 win over Seattle. Injuries are still hampering them and with Alan Gordon and Chris Wondolowski still with the USA National team, interim coach Mark Watson is mulling over weather to give newcomer Jordan Stewart a debut in a game San Jose cannot afford to lose if they still have Play-off aspirations.
Portland have no such problems as they have only tasted defeat twice all season. Rodney Wallace became the final player to return from their respected National teams so coach Caleb Porter has a full squad to pick from. In the earlier match-ups in April the Timber were victorious 1-0 in Oregon and it ended 1-1 in California.
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