With nine matches to look forward to, this weekend should provide plenty of drama and goals. Several team’s are without key players who are at World Cup training camps but we take a look at five key statistics to bear in mind:
1. Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake
The two best team’s in Major League Soccer so far this season go head-to-head on Saturday night, with Salt Lake undefeated in their last 16 MLS matches. That record will be fully tested as Seattle have won their past four home matches, and have kept a clean sheet against Salt Lake in six of their last eight meetings at home in all competitions. Expect this to be tight, but a fully entertaining contest nonetheless.
2. Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution
It’s not looking good for Montreal as the Impact have failed to win 11 of their last 12 matches in MLS, and they entertain the league’s most in-form side on Saturday night in the Revs. New England have won five on the bounce, scoring at least two in each of those games, and should be far too strong for Montreal this weekend.
3. DC United vs Sporting Kansas City
Sporting have a fantastic recent record against DC United, having not lost in seven meetings between the two. Kansas City have won six of those last seven, and have kept a clean sheet in five of the matches. They do come into this game in poor form however, and are without a win in four. DC have not lost at home in six matches and will be confident of ending a terrible run against Kansas City when the Eastern Conference rivals meet on Saturday night.
4. FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes
Dallas are without a win in seven MLS matches now, and must stop the rot soon. This will be a challenge for them this weekend though, as they have only won one of their last eleven matches against the Earthquakes. San Jose won the meeting between the two earlier this month in a 2-1 victory and will be looking to add to Dallas’ misery this weekend.
5. Chicago Fire vs LA Galaxy
The Galaxy turned their season around last week, winning twice in five days, and will hope to make it three from three in Sunday nights match against the Fire. LA have won the past four meetings between the two, scoring at least twice in each of those games. Chicago lost 2-0 to Columbus last weekend to end a two-game win streak. Keane and Donovan will cause plenty of problems for the Chicago defence, and an LA win is looking more than likely.