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Major League Soccer has some juicy match-ups this week, including some that even the impartial fan will want to see.
What's that? MLS? Yes, you remember that league you followed so closely before the Confederations Cup and Gold Cup started stealing your attention. MLS hasn't gone anywhere, it's still trudging along and the league's top teams are starting to make their moves as we head toward the second half of the season.
Chicago travels to Seattle to take on the Sounders in the week's marquee showdown. Chicago is coping with the absence of Brian McBride, who is out after shoulder surgery, and will take on a streaking Sounders squad that will look to post another win and put more pressure on Houston atop the West standings. The Fire enter with the league's best road record as it makes its first visit to Qwest Field.
(As a side note, remember to set your Fantasy MLS lineup. We're looking for a new fantasy MLS writer and will look to bring back the SBI MLS Fantasy Corner shortly.)
Here are this week's full slate of games (with every team but Chivas USA playing), as well as this week's Best XI Match-ups to watch:
Week 19 Schedule
FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 10pm
Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders, 3pm (ESPN)
Toronto FC at Columbus Crew, 7:30pm
New England Revolution at Houston Dynamo, 8:30pm
Los Angeles Galaxy at Kansas City Wizards, 9pm (ESPN2)
New York Red Bulls at Colorado Rapids, 9:30pm
D.C. United at San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30pm (Fox Soccer Channel)
Best XI Match-ups to Watch
Wilman Conde vs. Fredy Montero
Chris Rolfe vs. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
Freddie Ljungberg vs. John Thorrington
Tim Ward vs. Steve Zakuani
Frankie Hejduk vs. Dwayne DeRosario
Shalrie Joseph vs. Ricardo Clark
Brad Davis vs. Steve Ralston
David Beckham vs. Jack Jewsbury
Landon Donovan vs. Matt Besler
Josh Wolff vs. Gregg Berhalter
Darren Huckerby vs. Brian Namoff
What MLS matches will you be watching this weekend? What individual match-up are you most looking forward to?
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