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This Week in MLS – September 6, 2011

 

This Week in MLS – September 6, 2011
 
·         Description: Description: league1FC Dallas and MLS mourn loss of Bobby Rhine
·         MLS Cup Playoffs race update: Galaxy on verge of clinching
·         Quotables and Sweet Tweets
  • According to Elias: Henry on track for MLS history
  • Week 26 match previews
 
Week 26 match schedule
(Home team listed first; all times Eastern)
Wednesday, September 7
            Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution, 8 p.m. (Galavision)
Friday, September 9
            LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids, 10:30 p.m. (FOX Soccer)
Saturday, September 10
            Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 4 p.m.
            Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo, 4 p.m. (TeleFutura)
            Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.
            New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
            New York Red Bulls vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7:30 p.m.
            Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 p.m.
            Chivas USA vs. D.C. United, 10:30 p.m.
            San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire, 10:30 p.m.
 
FC Dallas and MLS mourn loss of Bobby Rhine
 
FC Dallas broadcaster Bobby Rhine passed away suddenly on Monday evening, Sept. 5, at age 35. Rhine played his entire 10-year MLS career with FC Dallas before joining the club’s front office after the 2008 season, then becoming its play-by-play announcer on television and the host of a successful soccer radio show.
 
“Bobby Rhine’s sudden passing is a true loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rhine family and FC Dallas organization,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said.  “Bobby was a very special person whose love of the game and upbeat personality were infectious. He will be missed by the entire MLS family.”
 
For more about Rhine, including comments from FC Dallas leadership, click here.
 
In lieu of flowers, the Rhine family would like donations to be made to the FC Dallas Foundation.  For more information on contributing to the Foundation in Bobby’s honor, please visit https://www.fcdallas.com/form/donations.
 
MLS Cup Playoffs race update: Galaxy on verge of clinching
 
The LA Galaxy can become the first team to claim a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs this week when they host the Colorado Rapids on Friday at The Home Depot Center.
 
With a victory, the Galaxy will become the first team in the 10-team postseason, OR they will clinch a spot with a tie if the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and Chivas USA all fail to win, OR if all three of those clubs lose on Saturday.
 
A look at the current MLS postseason standings, as well as the wild card race, is available HERE.
 
Quotables
 
"He's kind of little. I got lucky with the matchup."
-- Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler, starting for the suspended Nat Borchers, after outjumping Philadelphia defender Sheanon Williams to score in Saturday’s 2-1 victory
 
"He’s better than Ochocinco, by far. A lot better than Ochocinco."
-- New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph, to The Boston Globe, after professional golfer Sergio García trained with the club
 
“It's a huge honor. It's obviously the first time I have ever worn the armband with FC Dallas. Coach came up to me and it felt real good, showing the confidence he has in me.”
-- FC Dallas defender George John after being named captain for Saturday’s friendly against Tigres UANL of Mexico, which FCD won on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw
 
Sweet Tweets
 
@javi_mo11 (Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake)– August 30
My first day on the pitch with my teammates, i felt like a kid training with professional players hahaha. I'm tired but so happy!!
 
@will_kuhns (MLS Communications) – September 3
Admiration, gratitude and congratulations go to Grahame Jones, who is retiring after serving @latimessoccer as long as I've been alive.
 
@rodwallace22 (Rodney Wallace, Portland Timbers) – September 3
Good result for us tonight... Couldn't ask for a better debut!! Thank you for the support! On to Ecuador in the am. #cr #RCTID
 
@chrisbirchall7 (LA Galaxy) – September 4
Thanks for all the support everyone, hoping to get another 3 points on tuesday, and good luck to my @LAGalaxy tomorrow at Kansas City
 
@FarydMondragon (Philadelphia Union) – September 5
Just got out from the X-rays unfortunately I have an extra-articular phalanx fracture out 2-4 weeks twitpic.com/6gj3av
 
@BillHamid28 (D.C. United) – September 5
@ussoccer: "Return of the Mack" on #USMNT bus radio right now. It's a huge hit, obviously - Howard, me & @MauriceEdu were jammin to the song
 
According to the Elias Sports Bureau: Henry on track for MLS history
 
As the MLS season heads into the home stretch, Thierry Henry continues to hold the league lead with 12 goals, one more than Landon Donovan and two more than Eric Hassli and Brek Shea. Henry, who has maintained at least a share of the lead since June 19, could become the first European-born player to finish a season as the MLS goal-scoring leader. And if Henry falters, his fellow Frenchman Hassli could do it.
 
Only one player born in Europe has finished a season even in the top three in goals. Current Portland coach John Spencer, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, ranked third in MLS in goals in both 2001 and 2003.
 
Week 26 match previews: Sept. 7-10, 2011 (home team listed first; all times ET)
 
Wednesday, September 7
Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution, 8 p.m. (Galavision)
·         The Union last won in the first meeting with New England. Carlos Ruiz, Carlos Valdes and Sheanon Williams all scored as Union rolled to a 3-0 win July 17 at Gillette Stadium.
·         The game was originally scheduled for Aug. 26, but postponed due to Hurricane Irene. The 17-day layoff between games is the most ever for the Revolution.
·         The Union had their winless streak extended to six games in the 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday, matching the club record set during their inaugural season (July 31-Aug. 22).
·         In their last match Aug. 20, New England Designated Player Milton Caraglio made his fourth consecutive start and scored for the first time in MLS, hitting for two goals in the 2-2 home draw with New York.
 
Friday, September 9
LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids, 10:30 p.m. (FOX Soccer)
·         In a 2-0 loss at Chicago on Aug. 27, the Rapids saw their six-game undefeated streak end. It was their second regular season loss since the start of July.
·         David Beckham recorded his fourth assist in the last three games in Monday’s 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City. LA has lost just once in its last 18 MLS games.
·         Colorado defender Drew Moor’s streak of 69 consecutive league games of playing every minute will come to an end, as he will miss the Galaxy match to yellow card accumulation. Moor has played every minute of every game since Aug. 6, 2009, an MLS record among field players of 6,210 consecutive minutes.
·         In the first meeting this season on June 18, an own goal and a Juninho strike sent the Galaxy on their way to a 3-1 against Colorado at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Chad Barrett also scored for LA; Conor Casey answered for the Rapids.
 
Saturday, September 10
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 4 p.m.
·         Sounders FC are coming off a club-record six goals in the victory against Columbus on Aug. 27. Lamar Neagle became the first Seattle player to score a hat trick at home.
·         Sounders FC have won eight of their last 11 games, since June 18, losing just once in that time. Before that win vs. Toronto FC, Seattle was tied for third in the Western Conference; they did not move into second place in the division until defeating FC Dallas on Aug. 20.
·         Sounders FC defeated FC Dallas 1-0 in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals Aug. 30, keeping alive their bid to become just the second club to win three consecutive Open Cups in the 98-year history of the tournament.
·         In the first meeting this season, Lamar Neagle and Patrick Ianni scored late goals to propel Sounders FC to a 2-1 win May 28 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
 
Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo, 4 p.m. (TeleFutura)
·         For the fourth time in the last 10 games, Sporting KC scored a goal in the 89th minute or later to claim a tie, getting a stoppage-time penalty kick Monday for a 2-2 draw with LA. But KC’s two losses in that time have also come with the winning goal being scored after the 90th minute.
·         The Dynamo saw their unbeaten streak halted at five games in league play last time out, a 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The streak includes three home wins and two road draws.
·         With the weekend off from league play, the Dynamo defeated reigning CONCACAF champions Monterrey of Mexico, 3-0, in a rough friendly at Robertson Stadium. Cam Weaver, Brad Davis and Jason Garey scored for Houston in a game that saw three players sent off.
·         In the first meeting this season, Aurelien Collin scored in the 90th minute to cancel out a Brad Davis free kick early on as the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Robertson Stadium, July 16.
 
Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.
·         Columbus once again saw a winning streak snapped at two games in their last match, a 6-2 loss at Seattle Sounders FC that matched the largest margin of defeat in club history.
·         The six goals allowed by Columbus matched the most in a single game in club history – the only previous occasion occurring in the Crew’s fourth game ever, a 6-4 loss to Kansas City – and marked the second consecutive four-goal loss in Seattle (0-4 last Sept. 18).
·         Toronto FC have never recorded a victory against Columbus, in 12 meetings all-time. The teams have played to seven draws – including each of the last five games at BMO Field.
·         In the first meeting this season, TFC’s Tony Tchani and Columbus striker Emilio Renteria scored on either side of halftime as the teams played to a 1-1 draw, April 23 at BMO Field.
 
New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
·         FC Dallas put a dramatic stop to their three-game winless run in their last game, getting the tying goal from Maicon Santos in the 89th minute and the game-winner from Daniel Hernandez in stoppage time for a 3-2 win at Sporting Kansas City.
  • FC Dallas last won in New England on July 16, 2003, a 2-1 win. The Revolution had won six consecutive home games vs. FCD before last year’s 1-1 draw in Foxborough.
  • Coming into the week, the Revolution were winless in their last six games. Three times in that stretch, since July 23, New England saw opponents score the tying goal in the 87th minute or later.
·         In the first meeting between the teams, Marvin Chavez scored the game’s lone goal in the 69th minute as FC Dallas won June 4 at Pizza Hut Park.
 
New York Red Bulls vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7:30 p.m.
·         Shea Salinas scored his first goal with Whitecaps FC, a late winner as Vancouver snapped a two-game losing streak Aug. 27 with a 1-0 win against the Houston Dynamo at home.
·         In the last action for the Red Bulls, New York’s Dane Richards hit for two goals in a game for the first time in MLS with his brace in the 2-2 draw vs. New England, a week after recording the first two-assist game of his career.
·         The tie extended the Red Bulls winless run to seven games in league play (0-3-4), the longest since Hans Backe has been in charge of the club.
·         The teams are meeting for the second time. An Eric Hassli penalty kick gave Vancouver the lead before Luke Rodgers scored shortly afterward as the teams reached a 1-1 draw, May 28 at Empire Field.
 
Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 p.m.
·         The Timbers are coming off back-to-back wins after Eric Brunner provided the game’s lone goal in a win vs. Chivas USA on Aug. 24. Portland has won two games in a row three times in their inaugural MLS season.
·         The first international goal from Timbers defender Rodney Wallace was the margin of victory as Costa Rica defeated the USA 1-0 on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center.
·         Goalkeeper Zac MacMath, the fifth overall selection in this year’s MLS SuperDraft, made his MLS debut in the 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake when he came on at halftime for the injured Faryd Mondragón. The Colombian had played every minute of every competitive game in goal after signing in the offseason.
·         In the first meeting between the teams, Futty Danso scored the game’s lone goal in the 71st minute to give the Timbers the victory at Jeld-Wen Field on May 6.
 
Chivas USA vs. D.C. United, 10:30 p.m.
·         The game is the first of two meetings in 11 days between the clubs, in what will have a vital impact on the MLS Cup Playoffs race. Both teams have 31 points entering the week, currently one point behind the final wild-card spot.
·         Chivas USA suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses last week, first at Portland, then at home to Real Salt Lake, stretching their winless run to four games.
·         In their last match, United saw their four-game unbeaten streak come to an end in a 1-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City – their first loss away from RFK Stadium since a 4-1 defeat in Houston on April 29, going seven away games without defeat (3-0-4).
·         After winning the first five meetings all-time between the clubs, United has defeated Chivas USA just once since – a 3-2 win in Washington last year. Chivas USA have won four of the last seven meetings, with two draws.
 
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire, 10:30 p.m.
·         After going 10 games in league play without a victory, the Fire have won back-to-back games, both by 2-0 scorelines, defeating Toronto FC and Colorado.
·         Dominic Oduro scored the opening goal in each victory and now has four goals in his last five games, all since being paired in attack with Patrick Nyarko.
·         Chris Wondolowski scored his first goal in more than a month, a late equalizer against Toronto FC, but it wasn’t enough to snap the Earthquakes winless run, now at a club-record 13 games.
·         In their first meeting this season, the Quakes twice took leads through Ramiro Corrales and Wondolowski, but the Fire leveled terms through Oduro and Cory Gibbs, as the teams ended in a 2-2 draw May 28 at Buck Shaw Stadium.