August 4, 2012
A look at the upcoming games
Portland Timbers (5-12-4, 19 pts)@ FC Dallas (5-11-7, 22 pts), 7:00 pm ET (NBCSN)
The Portland Timbers have yet to find their footing under interim coach Gavin Wilkinson, but on Sunday they get a second crack at the team that scored five of the seven goals they have surrendered over their last three games, when FC Dallas comes to Jeld-Wen Field. The 5-0 win over Portland on July 21 at FC Dallas Stadium was the Hoops’ largest offensive output since 2009. Jackson had a goal and two assists, and David Ferreira set up a pair of goals for FCD. The teams also played to a 1-1 draw on March 17. The Timbers dropped their last match 1-0 to Chivas USA, setting a new franchise record for futility with their fifth straight loss. They have not scored a goal in 292 minutes. Dallas also lost their last game, by a 1-0 score to the surging LA Galaxy.
LA Galaxy (10-10-3, 33 pts) @ Seattle Sounders FC (9-5-7, 34 pts), 9:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
Seattle Sounders FC blanked the LA Galaxy 2-0 on May 2, but all bets are off for Sunday’s rematch at CenturyLink Field. The Galaxy are unbeaten in five straight MLS matches, scoring 13 goals over that span, and have pulled themselves from the bottom of the MLS West into playoff-eligible fifth place by a healthy seven-point margin. The Sounders also are unbeaten in five, but have won only three league games since May 9, including last weekend’s 2-1 squeaker over the Colorado Rapids. They are tied with Vancouver and only one point ahead of the Galaxy going into Sunday’s game, which could cause a significant shift in the conference standings. Seattle have starting goalkeeper Michael Gspurning back from injury just in time to face the Galaxy’s torrid trio of Landon Donovan, David Beckham, and MLS July Player of the Month Robbie Keane. They also have a new Designated Player, German midfielder Christian Tiffert, ready to make his MLS debut. Mauro Rosales has hit his playmaking stride of late, with five assists in his last seven games, and MLS All-Star Game hero Eddie Johnson has shouldered the scoring load with six goals in eight games and nine overall.