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September 28, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Previewing the rest of the MLS games this week

There are some big ones as we get closer to the end.
This is from MLS:
Wednesday, September 30
New England Revolution at FC Dallas, 7:00 p.m. (DK, Match Center)
The first of two games this week for the Revolution, who grabbed a huge victory over Seattle on Saturday night. A perennial All-Star, Shalrie Joseph, already has notched career bests with eight goals and eight assists. He will look to lead the Revolution to another victory over an inspired FC Dallas club led by Jeff Cunningham, whose six-goal binge in four games has him tied with Conor Casey atop the Budweiser Golden Boot race. A loss for FC Dallas could dash their playoff hopes.
Friday, October 2
Chicago Fire at Los Angeles Galaxy, 11:00 p.m. (ESPN2, Deportes)
Both teams sit second in their respective conferences with identical records of 10-6-11 and 41 points. The teams come into the match with an even all-time regular season record of 14-14-3. LA won their only meeting this season, 2-0, on August 19 in Chicago. The Galaxy are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss versus Columbus in order to keep their playoff position, while the Fire are leaning on Brian McBride, whose recent return from injury has sparked their offense.
Saturday, October 3
Chivas USA at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. (DK, Match Center)
Looking to rectify subpar performances last week, both teams see this as one of the most important matches of the season. United let a lead slip at home to the Earthquakes and lost 2-1 keeping them on the outside looking in with three games left in their regular season. Chivas currently sit inside the playoff bubble, and control their destiny as they are only one of two teams with five games remaining. They let a win slip away versus New York last week, as they lost a 1-0 lead late and then missed a penalty kick in stoppage time. D.C. United lead the all-time series 5-2-2, but Chivas has the momentum with a 2-0-2 record in their last four meetings.
New England Revolution at Colorado Rapids, 9:00 p.m. (DK, Match Center)
This will be the Revs second road match of the week. The Rapids are currently in the playoffs, but are hanging on the edge with 38 points. They are winless in four games, and have tied three straight. This is the Rapids last home game before facing FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake on the road. Conor Casey is tied with Jeff Cunningham for the League lead in the Budweiser Golden Boot race with 15 goals.
New York Red Bulls at San Jose Earthquakes, 11:00 p.m. (FSC, FSE)
While the Red Bulls have been eliminated from the playoffs this season, they are playing for pride and have gone 2-1-2 in their last five games. They face the Earthquakes, who are in last place in the Western Conference, but who defeated D.C. United 2-1 on the road last week. The Earthquakes Ryan Johnson has emerged as one of the brightest young players in the League with a career high nine goals this season. His previous best was five in 2008.
Sunday, October 4
Kansas City Wizards at Houston Dynamo, 3:00 p.m. (Telefutura)
The Dynamo can clinch a playoff berth with a victory over the Wizards on Sunday, and they have the top seed in the Western Conference and the Supporters’ Shield in sight. The Wizards have a slim playoff chance, and will likely need help from other results. This will be the first match for Kei Kamara in a Wizards uniform versus his former team. The Dynamo hold a 4-1-2 record over the Wizards all-time. The Wizards only victory came in their first meeting – a 2-1 win on April 8, 2006.

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