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October 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

More MLS final week previews

Columbus Crew will win the Supporters’ Shield IF:
– The Crew defeat New England on Sunday OR IF:
– Chivas USA loses either of its games this week
Note: If Chivas USA earns four points from their two games and Columbus loses to New England, the Supporters’ Shield winner will be the team with superior goal differential (Entering the week, CLB has +11; CHV has +5)
Chivas USA will win the Supporters’ Shield IF:
– Chivas wins both its games this week AND Columbus fails to win vs. New England Sunday.
Thursday, October 22
Chivas USA at Chicago Fire, 8 p.m. (ESPN2, Deportes)
– Chivas USA look to extend a six-game unbeaten streak, while Chicago is looking to break a six-game winless skid. In their last meeting, Chicago beat Chivas 3-2 on May 28 thanks to two goals from Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton – who played eight seasons with the Fire – leads the league with a .78 goals against average and 12 shutouts, and is looking to complete the season with the League’s all-time best goals against average (Onstad 0.82 – 2007) and will look to tie the club record in shutouts with 13.
Saturday, October 24
Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m. (DK, Match Center)
– Toronto and New York meet for the third time this season. Toronto won 2-0 on June 24 and 2-1 on June 13. The Red Bulls are winless since August 30 and are looking to close out Giants Stadium on a positive note; next season they will open in Red Bull Arena. Toronto has scored just seven goals in the past eight games.
D.C. United at Kansas City Wizards, 8:30 p.m. (DK, Match Center)
– United striker Luciano Emilio scored just his second goal in the past nine League games in a crucial 1-0 victory over Columbus last week. Emilio notched the only score when United beat Kansas City September 9. The teams tied 1-1 on May 6. D.C. leads the all-time series 17-13-8.
Colorado Rapids at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (FSC, FSE)
– Real got inspired performances from Fabian Espindola and Robbie Findley in last week’s 2-0 win over New York at home. Rapids targetman Conor Casey will look to close the season out with a couple of goals to challenge Jeff Cunningham for the Budweiser Golden Boot, while also putting his club in the playoffs. When the teams met at Rio Tinto Stadium on June 6, Omar Cummings scored an 88th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw.
FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC, 10:30 p.m. (DK, Match Center)
– FC Dallas and their League-best offense take on one of the top defenses. The Sounders are one of four teams who have allowed fewer than 300 shots against, and goalkeeper Kasey Keller’s .092 goals against average and 10 shutouts rank second among goalkeepers. Freddie Ljungberg contributed two assists in a 3-2 victory over Kansas City Wizards. Dallas has won five of their last six games, and George John and Ugo Ihemelu each scored their first goals of the season in a 2-1 win versus the Colorado Rapids. Seattle tied FC Dallas 1-1 May 16 and have won four of their last six games.
San Jose Earthquakes at Los Angeles Galaxy, 10:30 p.m. (DK, Match Center)
– This is the California rivals’ third meeting of the 2009 campaign. San Jose defeated LA, 2-1 June 20 and drew 1-1 April 18. The Earthquakes are winless in three games. They last tied Chivas USA 2-2 – Brandon McDonald scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Johnson added his eleventh. Galaxy’s Landon Donovan also has 11 goals this season. The Galaxy could still capture the top seed in the Western Conference with a win and favorable results in other games.
Sunday, October 25
Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA, 3:00 p.m. (TeleFutura)

– While both clubs have qualified for the playoffs, this match could have a major impact on playoff seeding. Houston, LA and Chivas USA all have 45 points, but LA and Chivas will have played a match before this game takes place. Should Chivas win or tie their midweek match, they would have a shot at the Supporters’ Shield crown over the Columbus Crew. Houston would be looking for home field advantage in the playoffs, but it will depend on the results from the previous games to decide their playoff seeding. Sacha Kljestan has come to life and is leading the Chivas USA midfield along with speedy forward Maykel Galindo and Maicon Santos. They will be a formidable matchup for arguably the best backline in the League – anchored by Geoff Cameron and Bobby Boswell.
New England Revolution at Columbus Crew, 5:00 p.m. (ESPN2, Deportes)
– A win by the Crew will secure the Supporters’ Shield for the second consecutive season regardless of other results. New England is hoping for other results to go their way, but they essentially need a victory in arguably the most difficult place to play in the League. Recent history is not on the side of New England, as the Crew have won the last three meetings and shutout the Revolution in each of those meetings outscoring New England 6-0 during the stretch dating back to September 2008 . New England will hope to capitalize on a scoring drought by Columbus, which has seen the defending champs score only two goals in their last four games. They were shutout in two losses this month, and scored only one goal in their only win during October.


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