Photo by Jane Gershovich/Jane G. Photography
By IVES GALARCEP
The last time the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas met, it was FC Dallas that entered the match looking like the powerhouse team while Seattle was only just starting to heat up. A month later, the Sounders are rolling while FC Dallas is struggling badly.
The Sounders play host to FC Dallas (10pm, MLS Direct Kick) in the marquee match-up of a three-match MLS slate tonight. Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins will look to continue their impressive form by torching an FC Dallas defense that will need to step it up to help support an attack missing injured playmaker Mauro Diaz.
The evening’s MLS action kicks off on Houston, with the Dynamo meeting the Columbus Crew at BBVA Compass Stadium (8pm, MLS Direct Kick). Houston comes in off a blowout win against Chivas USA, while the Crew come in off a loss on Sunday to Sporting KC. Columbus will have to cope with the absence of suspended midfielder Will Trapp as they try to contain the Dynamo midfield tandem of Brad Davis and Oscar Boniek Garcia.
The evening’s final MLS match takes place in San Jose, where the Earthquakes will look to beat the Colorado Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium. Chris Wondolowski is coming off a two-goal match and will want to head into the upcoming U.S. Men’s National Team training camp with some momentum. The Rapids will be without injured midfielder Vicente Sanchez, and could be missing Dillon Powers as they try to record an important road win.
The league’s Canadian teams are also in action in the Canadian Championships, with Toronto FC playing host to the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact meeting NASL side FC Edmonton in the first legs of their series.
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Enjoy the action.
HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. COLUMBUS CREW (8pm, MLS Direct Kick)
SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. FC DALLAS (10pm, MLS Direct Kick)
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. COLORADO RAPIDS (10:30pm, MLS Direct Kick)