Thursday, October 1, 2009

MLS Weekend preview October 2-4

With the regular season rapidly winding down, several teams head into the weekend with opportunities to clinch playoff spots. FC Dallas got things started off on Wednesday, as it kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a 1-0 win over New England.

Two of the teams that have a chance to clinch playoff berths face off at the Home Depot Center on Friday night, as the Los Angeles Galaxy host the Chicago Fire on ESPN2. The winner of the match will have the pleasure of rooting for Chivas USA to defeat DC United the following day to cement their playoff spots.

The teams two marquee players, the Galaxy's David Beckham and the Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco, are both questionable for the match. Beckham sat out the Galaxy's last match with an injured achilles tendon, as did Blanco with a strained hamstring. Beckham resumed full training with the Galaxy on Wednesday and should be availble for Friday's match while Blanco is still questionabe.

Another match of significance takes place on Saturday, as Seattle Sounders FC travels to Columbus to face the Crew. More importantly, it will be the first visit back to Crew Staduim for Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid since leading the Crew to the MLS Cup last season.

MLS Matches
Friday, October 2
Chicago Fire @ Los Angeles Galaxy, 8 pm (ESPN2)

Saturday, October 3
Seattle Sounders FC @ Columbus Crew, 4:30 pm.
Chivas USA @ DC United, 4:30 pm.
New England @ Colorado Rapids, 6 pm.
New York Red Bulls @ San Jose Earthquakes, 8 pm.

Sunday, October 4
Kansas City Wizards @ Houston Dynamo, Noon (Telefutura).

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