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July 13, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Major League Soccer releases weekly preview & team notes

MLS All-Star First XI revealed today

The MLS All-Star First XI will be announced live on Tuesday, July 13 on ESPNews, at 12:40 p.m. PT.

The 15th annual midsummer showcase will match the MLS All-Stars against 2009 English Premier League champion Manchester United at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on July 28 (5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and TeleFutura).

The First XI was selected in a combined vote by fans, league coaches and general managers, players and media. The First XI is not necessarily the starting 11 for the All-Star Game, as MLS All-Star head coach Bruce Arena will select the starters based on player availability and tactical considerations.

On Monday, July 19, the rest of the All-Star roster will be announced on

MLS Week 15 rewind

Real Salt Lake and goalkeeper Nick Rimando extended their shutout streak to near-record proportions in a 1-0 win Thursday against the Chicago Fire. The LA Galaxy lost for just the second time in league play, falling 2-0 to the New England Revolution. There were late heroics for the San Jose Earthquakes in a 2-1 win at Philadelphia, and for FC Dallas in a 1-1 draw at Seattle. Chivas USA ended a long winless run while continuing one for the Kansas City Wizards with a 2-0 victory behind two goals from MLS Player of the Week Justin Braun. For all the highlights of Week 15, click here.

SuperLiga kicks off Wednesday on TeleFutura

The fourth edition of SuperLiga kicks off this week with a pair of doubleheaders on TeleFutura. On Wednesday, the New England Revolution will take on Pumas UNAM at Gillette Stadium and the Chicago Fire will entertain Monarcas Morelia at Toyota Park. On Thursday, the Houston Dynamo and Pachuca CF will renew their rivalry at Robertson Stadium, then Chivas USA will meet SuperLiga debutant Puebla F.C. at The Home Depot Center.

The SuperLiga group phase will see a second round of matches played this weekend, and final group games next Tuesday and Wednesday.

MLS quotables

“We just spoke about representing the colors and what we’re playing for and it’s all about our heart and we have to give 110 percent. We haven’t been doing that the last few games, and we had everybody question themselves to see if they’ve been doing that and basically everyone agreed we weren’t giving as much as we should have. I think everyone tonight gave as much as they could, and that’s what happens when we push. We get results.”

— New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph after the 2-0 win vs. the LA Galaxy

“Not only did he score a wonderful goal today, it was under a lot of pressure late in the game when most people make mistakes because their legs are heavy. David did everything right, and it took a goal like that to beat (Sounders goalkeeper) Kasey Keller.”

– FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman on David Ferreira’s late equalizer

“I do not know if people are turning off or what it is. Obviously, in the 90th minute we’re not a team at home that’s going to push for a tie.”

— Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz after the late loss to San Jose

Previewing Week 16: July 14-18, 2010 (all times PT)

Wednesday, July 14

Kansas City Wizards at Columbus Crew, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)

* The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Emilio Renteria scored the game’s only goal May 23 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark to give the Crew the victory and extend their unbeaten streak vs. Kansas City to eight games in league and cup play, dating back to Sept. 15, 2007.

* The Wizards have lost three in a row, having been shut out in three consecutive games for the second time this season. They also went without a goal April 17-May 1, a 402-minute scoreless run not coming to an end until a stoppage-time goal May 5 vs. D.C. United. Their current scoreless streak is 325 minutes.

* The Crew return home for back-to-back games after their first road trip since the World Cup break. The draw in Houston on Saturday night extended their road winless streak to three games.

* Two Wizards will return to Ohio, where they shined playing college soccer. Wizards rookie forward Teal Bunbury attended nearby University of Akron, leading the Zips to the 2009 NCAA College Cup final and winning the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. Roger Espinoza, who played for Honduras in the FIFA World Cup, spent two years at The Ohio State University in Columbus, leading the Buckeyes to the 2007 College Cup championship game.

Thursday, July 15

Seattle Sounders FC at D.C. United, 5 p.m. (ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes /

* United are expected to debut their two reinforcements – Montenegrin midfielder Branko Boskovic and Argentinean forward Pablo Hernandez – in the Seattle game.

* After going the first 10 league games of the season without one, United have posted a shutout in two of their last five games.

* With Miguel Montano (19 years old), Michael Seamon (21) and Nathan Sturgis (23) in the starting lineup Sunday, Sounders FC had a starting lineup averaging less than 26 years of age, down from the team that averaged 29.2 years old in the 3-1 loss at Los Angeles the week before.

* It’s the second meeting of the season between the teams. A pair of goals and an assist from Chris Pontius gave D.C. United a 3-2 win June 10 at Qwest Field, United’s first win against Seattle in four meetings all-time.

Saturday, July 17

Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union, 12:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)

* The teams are meeting for the second and final time this regular season. Dwayne De Rosario’s second goal of the game, a penalty kick in the 81st minute, gave TFC a 2-1 win at BMO Field on April 15.

* Union kicked off a four-game homestand with their first loss in front of their home fans on Saturday.

* Both goals allowed in Philadelphia’s 2-1 loss against San Jose came in stoppage time, Cornell Glen’s equalizer at the end of the first half, and Arturo Alvarez’s winner in the 90th minute.

* Coming into Saturday afternoon’s match, Fuad Ibrahim had played just 70 minutes in MLS play this season. But given the start vs. Colorado, he scored his first goal of the season (after contributing his first assist the week before).

* Toronto FC extended their unbeaten streak to eight games in MLS play and 11 games in all competitions.

New York Red Bulls at Columbus Crew, 4:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)

* The top two teams in the Eastern Conference duel. The Crew currently lead by two points ahead of the Red Bulls having played one fewer game, but they make up their game-in-hand Wednesday at home against Kansas City.

* The teams have met once already this season, the Crew coming away from Red Bull Arena with a 3-1 victory on May 20. It was the Crew’s first win at New York since April 12, 2003, and the first road victory in the series since 2006.

* After going the first 13 games of the season without a tie, the Red Bulls have now played to a draw in two consecutive games.

* Unbeaten now in their last five, the Red Bulls are expected to make major headlines Thursday when they announce the signing of a second Designated Player (Juan Pablo Angel is the other).

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)

* Real Salt Lake recorded their fifth consecutive shutout in the 1-0 win Thursday at Chicago. RSL’s shutout streak is now at 498 minutes, the fourth-longest in MLS history. The LA Galaxy’s mark of 521 minutes, set in 2006, is next on the list; the all-time record is 727 minutes (Houston, 2007).

* Nick Rimando has been between the posts for the entirety of the streak; his personal 498-minute shutout skein is fifth-longest individually in MLS history.

* David Ferreira was the hero for FC Dallas for the third consecutive game. After scoring late penalty kicks to give FCD victories against Chivas USA and Kansas City, Ferreira’s fourth goal of the season provided a 1-1 draw at Seattle on Sunday evening.

* While Real extended their club-record unbeaten streak to 10 games, FC Dallas extended theirs to five games in the win at Seattle, and have lost just once in their last 11 games.

Kansas City Wizards at Colorado Rapids, 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick package)

* The teams met twice in four days early in the year in Kansas City. The Wizards won 1-0 in league play on April 10, behind a 48th-minute goal from Kei Kamara, but the Rapids eliminated the Wizards from the U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 win on April 13.

* The Rapids have lost four league games this season – all coming by 1-0 scorelines after Saturday’s loss at Toronto FC, which ended a six-game unbeaten run.

* The Wizards last won in Colorado on June 9, 2004, a 1-0 victory at Mile High Stadium. The Rapids have won four of the five home meetings since with one draw; Kansas City has never won at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Sunday, July 18

LA Galaxy at D.C. United, 4:30 p.m. (FSC / FSE)

* Mentor and pupil meet again when Bruce Arena and Curt Onalfo face each other as head coaches. Onalfo played under Arena first at the University of Virginia, then with United in 1998-99. Onalfo then spent four years with Arena as assistant coach for the U.S. national team. In six meetings all-time in MLS, Onalfo’s teams have won two and Arena’s one, with three draws.

* It will be a homecoming of sorts for Galaxy defenders A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez, both of whom attended the University of Maryland. Gonzalez missed his first MLS game since coming to the team in the 2009 SuperDraft, suspended for the loss at New England.

* The Galaxy allowed two goals in a game for the first time all season in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal loss to Seattle, then allowed a pair in the weekend league loss at New England.


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