July 2, 2012
A look at the upcoming games
Chicago Fire (8-5-3, 27 pts)@ Houston Dynamo (6-5-5, 23 pts), 8:30 pm ET (NBC5.2, KPRC)
The Chicago Fire take their three-game winning streak to BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday. The two teams played to a weather-interrupted 1-1 draw at Toyota Park on April 15, with Will Bruin opening the scoring for Houston, and Logan Pause getting credit for the equalizer after Pavel Pardo’s free kick deflected off his back on its way into the net. Chicago edged Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Saturday on Marco Pappa’s 58th-minute goal. The Dynamo defeated Philadelphia 2-1 on Saturday to remain unbeaten in six matches (4-0-2) at their brand-new home. Brian Ching came off the bench to earn and convert the game-winning penalty kick in the 83rd minute. Brad Davis also scored, and new DP Boniek Garcia notched the assist in his MLS debut.
San Jose Earthquakes (11-3-3, 36 pts)@ Portland Timbers (4-7-4, 16 pts), 10:30 pm ET (CSNBA, KPTV)
The San Jose Earthquakes roar into Jeld-Wen Field on Tuesday on the strength of one of the grittiest performances of this MLS season, last Saturday’s 4-3 comeback win over the LA Galaxy at packed Stanford Stadium. After being rocked by a flurry of three LA goals – including an own goal by defender Jason Hernandez -- in a ten minute span to go down 3-1, the Quakes rallied to win. Victor Bernardez and Sam Cronin tied the score, and Chris Wondolowski finished things off with an audacious backheel in the 61st minute, his league-leading 14th goal of the season. The Timbers are coming off a 3-0 spanking at the hands of the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, but are always a formidable opponent at home. Starting midfielder Lovell Palmer and defender Hanyer Mosquera will return to the lineup against the Quakes after serving penalty suspensions last weekend. Portland’s erratic performance through the first half of the season has left them in a precarious position in the MLS West. They need both points and momentum, but face a stiff challenge in earning either against the league leaders in both points (36) and offensive firepower (35 goals).