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This Week in MLS – May 22, 2012


MLS Cup Rematch Saturday on NBC Sports Network

This Saturday, the Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy will face off at BBVA Compass Stadium in a rematch of the 2011 MLS Cup Final, live on NBC Sports Network (2:30 p.m. ET). Of the last seven MLS Cup Finals, the Galaxy or Dynamo have played in five – the Galaxy in 2005, 2009 and 2011, and the Dynamo in 2006, 2007 and 2011, with the clubs meeting at last year’s championship to a 1-0 LA win. LA is coming off a loss to rival Chivas USA headed into this week’s games when they will first face the San Jose Earthquakes before heading to Houston to take on the Dynamo. 
With an undefeated record of 1-0-1 at their new home, the Dynamo will be looking to add another tally to the win column at BBVA Compass Stadium. 
After the Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy match on Saturday, fans should stay tuned-in to NBC Sports Network for the U.S. Men’s National Team game against Scotland (8:00 p.m. ET) live from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
MLS Week 12 - National Broadcasts
Wednesday, May 23: New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA, 7 p.m. ET (Univision Deportes)
Saturday, May 26: Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy, 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)
Saturday, May 26:Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire, 7 p.m. ET (Univision Deportes)
Saturday, May 26:Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers FC, 10 p.m. ET (TSN/RDS2)
Sunday, May 27:Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)
AT&T MLS Goal of the Week – to vote,CLICK HERE
  • Alan Gordon (SJ)
  • Luiz Camargo (HOU)
  • Justin Meram (CLB)
  • Alain Rochat (VAN)
  • Fredy Montero (SEA)
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Portland Timbers: Off Pitch With Hermes
MLS Week 12 Previews
(Home team listed first; all times Eastern)
Wednesday, May 23
New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA, 7 p.m. (Univision Deportes)
  • High-low split: New York has had the most productive offense in all of MLS this year, netting 25 goals through 12 matches thus far. Chivas USA has had trouble tucking the ball home, scoring the least amount of goals league-wide (tied) with just seven.
  • Red Bull gives you wings:The New York Red Bulls have matched a club record with their fifth consecutive victory, Saturday’s 2-1 win at Montréal. They won five in a row three times previously, last in 2003.
  • Clever Cooper:With his third goal in as many games – all with Thierry Henry out of the lineup – Red Bulls striker Kenny Cooper now has 10 for the season, one behind MLS Golden Boot leader Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).
  • Home Depot despair:The only meeting between the teams this year will be in Harrison. Good thing: the Red Bulls have not won at The Home Depot Center against Chivas USA since 2005. Chivas USA have won two of the six home meetings since, with four draws.
Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
  • Woe is FCD:FC Dallas saw their winless streak extended to seven games in the 1-1 draw with Philadelphia last weekend, the club’s longest in five seasons. The FCD club record is 10 games without a win, set in 2005.
  • Fruitless Fire:The Fire have also never defeated FC Dallas at Toyota Park. FC Dallas have won on five of their six trips to Bridgeview, including a 2-1 win last Oct. 12, with one draw. The Fire’s last home win against Dallas came in 2005, a 2-0 victory at Soldier Field.
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Columbus Crew, 10 p.m.
  • Successful Schmid:Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid has never lost to his former club while with Seattle; Sounders FC have won four of the clubs’ seven meetings all-time in all competitions, with three draws, including a victory in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup Final.
  • Dynamic duo:Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero continued their recent prolific partnership, each scoring in Sounders FC’s 2-2 draw in Vancouver. The pair have combined for seven goals (Montero 4, Johnson 3) over the past six games.
  • One for the record books:Sounders FC set a club record in last year’s 6-2 win vs. Columbus, scoring four goals in the first half and the most goals in a game in the club’s MLS history. It was also the match in which Crew forward Jeff Cunningham became the all-time leader in goals in MLS history.
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 p.m.
  • Late-in-the-game greatness:San Jose has scored five goals in the 88th minute or later, with 12 of the club’s 23 goals on the season coming after the 60th minute.
  • Wins at LA elusive:The Quakes have not defeated the Galaxy at The Home Depot Center since 2005. Since San Jose returned to the league in 2008, the Galaxy have won three of the four meetings at home, with one draw.
  • Gordon, the go-to:For a second consecutive match, Alan Gordon provided late dramatics, with his 90th-minute goal giving San Jose a 1-1 draw against Columbus last weekend. Since being acquired from Toronto FC last July, all four of Gordon’s goals with San Jose have come after the 70th minute.
Saturday, May 26
Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy, 2:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
  • MLS Cup mavens:Of the last seven MLS Cup Finals, the Galaxy or Dynamo have played in five – the Galaxy in 2005, 2009 and 2011, and the Dynamo in 2006, 2007 and 2011, with the clubs meeting at last year’s championship to a 1-0 LA win.
  • Clutch Camargo:Luiz Camargo scored his first goal since coming to MLS to give the Dynamo a 2-2 draw in New England last Saturday, extending their unbeaten streak to three games. The Dynamo have yet to concede a goal at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • Here’s a head-scratcher:The Galaxy saw their winless streak reach five games in the 1-0 loss to Chivas USA – matching the 2011 MLS Cup winners’ longest over the last five seasons.
Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union, 4:30 p.m.
  • Missing ingredient: Toronto FC is the only club not to score first in a match this season. League-wide, the club that lead initially is a collective 68-18-15 (.822).
  • When will the “W” come?Toronto FC’s nine-game losing streak is tied for fourth-longest in the MLS annals. The MLS record for a losing streak is 12 in a row, set in 1999 by the MetroStars. The first nine of those losses were in regulation time. The MLS record for consecutive losses in regulation time is 10, set in 2005 by Real Salt Lake.
  • Zac’s back-up shines:Making his first career MLS appearance – and barely able to stand by game’s end – Union goalkeeper Chase Harrison backstopped his team’s 1-1 draw with FC Dallas last weekend.
Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire, 7 p.m. (Univision Deportes)
  • Start of a streak?After going into his second professional season without a goal, Crew striker Justin Meram made it two goals in two games, netting the opener in the 1-1 draw with San Jose.
  • Gritty Grunebaum:Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum was credited with seven saves in the draw with San Jose, matching his career-high set earlier this season (May 5 vs. Portland).
  • Crew blues:The Fire have won their last three meetings with the Crew, including a 1-0 win last year in Columbus, and a 3-2 victory at Toyota Park. The Crew have not won in Bridgeview since 2006 (seven visits).
D.C. United vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.
  • Cozy Confines: D.C. United are riding a seven match unbeaten streak at RFK Stadium, having not lost at home since their season opener on March 10 against Sporting Kansas City. The streak is the longest of any club in the league this season.
  • De Ro putting on a show:With his two goals against Toronto FC, Dwayne De Rosario now has five goals this year – all in the last six games. In 32 games since coming to D.C. United, De Rosario has 18 goals and 14 assists and is two goals shy from 100 regular season goals, which would make him only the seventh MLS player to achieve this feat.
  • Superb Sene:Saer Sene hit for his second two-goal game of the season in the Revolution’s 2-2 draw with Houston. Sene has four goals in the last four games.
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, 9 p.m.
  • Blas is back:Blas Perez netted his fourth goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with Philadelphia, his first in more than a month after starting his MLS career with three goals in six games.
  • Dallas dominates: Real Salt Lake have still never won in Dallas. FCD is 8-0-2 all-time in league games between the clubs, and have also won a game in the MLS Cup Playoffs (in 2010) and a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal (last year). Their final two meetings this year are in Utah – where FCD has not won since 2007.
Colorado Rapids vs. Montreal Impact, 9 p.m.
  • Fouling to fame: Colorado midfielder Brian Mullan and Tyrone Marshall are in a heated race to be whistled for more fouls than any other player in the history of MLS. Mullan and Marshall currently sit seventh and ninth, respectively, on the all-time leader list. Both would need to commit a little over 1.5 fouls per match for the rest of the season to surpass current Montreal Manager Jesse Marsch’s all-time MLS record of 477 career fouls.
  • PK-happy:Bernardo Corradi scored his fourth goal – all in the last six games – in the Impact’s 2-1 home loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. It was the Impact’s fourth penalty kick this season – most in MLS – also all coming in the last six games.
Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10 p.m. (TSN/RDS2)
  • Sensational strikes:For the second time in four games, Whitecaps FC scored a free kick that seemingly went untouched through the goalmouth and settled in the back of the net. Camilo did it vs. Seattle; Young-Pyo Lee scored that way vs. Columbus on April 28.
  • Goals while the going’s good:Eric Brunner’s goal against Chicago was the first scored by a Timbers player since April 14, a span of five games. In between, Portland had scored once – an own goal by Sporting KC (for a 1-0 win).
  • Expansion sophs’ series:The Timbers won both meetings of the MLS expansion class of 2011 last year, a 2-1 victory at Jeld-Wen Field and a 1-0 triumph at BC Place.
Chivas USA vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 10:30 p.m.
  • Finally, a Home Depot win:Chivas USA are coming off their first win this season at The Home Depot Center – the first victory against in-stadium rivals LA Galaxy since 2008, a 1-0 result in the first SuperClásico. Chivas started the season 0-5-0 in home games.
  • Still stingy on D:Sounders FC conceded more than one goal in a game for the first time this season in the 2-2 draw at Vancouver .Yet, they have still allowed just six goals over the course of the season, good for the fewest in MLS.
Sunday, May 27
Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 4:30 p.m. (NBC SN)
  • Bunbury a bright spot:Making his first start since the season opener, Teal Bunbury scored a pair of goals in Sporting’s 2-2 draw in Colorado. It was the third MLS two-goal game of his career.
  • Peaked too early?After a seven-game winning streak to open the season, Sporting have now gone four games without a victory. Kansas City has not won in the month of May since the 2009 season, now 13 May matches without a win.
  • San Jose searching for a KC “W”:In the first meeting ever at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City extended their home winning streak against San Jose to six games, a 1-0 victory last June 17. The Quakes last won in Kansas City in 2004.
“All of the [Sounders FC] fans in the lower-section stand the whole 90 minutes…it’s unheard of in American sports.”
-- Comedian Drew Carey, to Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,”about the passion of Seattle Sounders FC fans
“Drum beats, chantsring out, fans march. There are brightly colored scarves and home-made banners, celebrity spectators and crisp, damp spring air. But this isn't Manchester. It's not even England. It's Seattle, and come Saturdays, the streets and seats fill, and the right side of Puget Sound becomes as lively a soccer city as anyplace in the Prem.”
-- Doug McIntyre, in his ESPN The Magazinepiece, “Reigning in Seattle,” about the popularity of professional soccer in Seattle
“When I was little, I was told carrots would make me see in the dark… so carrots are my favorite healthy snack.”
-- David Beckham, to First Lady Michelle Obama and young fans at a “Let’s Move!” Q&A in Washington, D.C., , about his favorite healthy snack
“It’s one of those things where you go over it and over it and over it and over it and over it and over it and over it, and it’s disappointing. I’m flipping mad, if you want to know the truth, flipping mad.”
-- New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps, to The Boston Globe, after his team allowed another set-piece goal in the 2-2 draw Saturday with the Houston Dynamo
"This is what it's all about. It was open. It was fun. It's exactly what MLS should be, and I think it's credit to the two teams and the rivalry we're creating here. We're disappointed to give up that goal, but there's still a lot of positives.”
-- Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Jay DeMerit, to The Province, after the 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC in the Cascadia Cup opener
"It is absolutely right that he should be with us. As he so elegantly put it in Singapore, it (London) is his 'hood.’”
-- LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe, to Reuters,about David Beckham’s role in bringing the Olympic torch back to London
 “I think I underestimated the level of rivalry between the two teams when I first got here. I was surprised by the nature of the comments after our first game last year, and it was very evident that there is very little respect for this club [from the other side]. We talked a lot during the week that the only way to get respect is to go out and earn it and I thought they did a good job of that tonight.”
-- Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser, to, after his team defeated the LA Galaxy for the first time since 2007, a 1-0 win Saturday at The Home Depot Center
“It was heartbreaking. The goalie had the game of his life. They put me on to give them a spark.”
-- San Jose Earthquakes striker Alan Gordon after scoring a last-gasp goal for the second time in as many games, to give his team a 1-1 tie with Columbus
“I heard Hans Backe say, ‘We wore them down,’ but he must’ve forgot we played with 10 men for 60 minutes. Looking at the game, we had enough with 10 men to tie or even win the game.”
-- Philadelphia Union coach Peter Nowak after last week’s 3-2 home loss to the New York Red Bulls
“He’s going to be 3 in July, the best age. It would be nice if they stayed that age for the rest of their lives, because by 10 or 12 they may start to give you problems, but that’s life.”
-- Montreal Impact striker, Bernardo Corradi, to the Montreal Gazette,on his son growing up
Sweet Tweets
@NERevolution– May 14
Front pg of @BostonDotComhas list of workplace attire ‘dos and don’ts’ this morning. Fear not, #Revsjerseys are ALWAYS office friendly.
@NewYorkRedBulls– May 15
.@spikelee@Persie_Official@judahworldchampand @kevinjonasare just a few celebs/athletes to visit Red Bull Arena
@SeanDennisonMLS– May 14
Photo: @NFLColtsQB Andrew Luck and his father Oliver at Sat's @HoustonDynamogame / the opening of @BBVACompassStdm
@DaxMcCarty11 – May 21
Philly game: Kenny scores game winner. Dax gets very happy. Dax jumps into Kennys arms w/ ease. They embrace lovingly..
@GrantWahl – May 15
Pres. Obama addressing LA Galaxy at White House. Obama's '12 campaign manager Jim Messina is big soccer fan known to wear US Donovan jersey.
@eonline– May 15
Barack Obama Welcomes David Beckham to the White House, Jokes about Soccer Stud's Age, Underwear Line
@HeathGPearce– May 20
Big ups to the @NewYorkRedBullsfans who made the journey up to Montreal to support us!!!
‏@FOXSoccer– May 21
USMNT training underway in sunny Orlando and Landon Donovan is in the house along with Chris Wondolowski
@PhilaUnion–May 16
.@SonsofBento be featured in upcoming documentary -
@BBCSport– May 16
David Beckham will bring the Olympic flame back to the UK from the Greek capital Athens along with the Princess Royal
@HoustonDynamo– May 16
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our historic first night match. The atmosphere was incredible. #foreverorange
@ChrisPontius13– May 16
Big win for the guys tonight! Team is really showing our depth! And old man @dwaynederosariowith another goal
‏@ESPNMag – May 16
Don't think soccer can catch on in America? Go to Seattle and be proved wrong. @DougMacESPNwrites:
‏@NewYorkRedBulls – May 17
Thierry Henry back on the pitch for 8v8 in today's training session
@NBCOlympics– May 18
PHOTOS: A dapper David Beckham receives the #Olympictorch in Athens:
@snoopdogg– May 19
Shout out to my homeboy Didier Drogba and tha Chelsea squad 4 winning tha Champions League! 1st time Uhearme #execbranch
@TaylorTwellman– May 19
and yes @MLSfans @chelseafcwill take on the #AllStarsJuly 25 @PPLpark!!!