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MLS Matchday 26: Your Running Commentary

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The ever-tightening MLS playoff race will get a little more clear today as several clubs battling for playoff position do battle today.

Seattle takes on D.C. United at RFK Stadium in a rematch of last week's U.S. Open Cup final won by the Sounders. Both teams are in dire need of three points as they try to move up the playoff pecking order.

Here is today's slate of MLS matches:

4pm- Colorado Rapids at Toronto FC (Direct Kick)

7:30pm- Kansas City Wizards at New York Red Bulls (Direct Kick)

7:30pm- Seattle Sounders at D.C. United (Direct Kick)

9pm- Chicago Fire at Real Salt Lake (Fox Soccer Channel)

10:30pm- FC Dallas at Los Angeles Galaxy (Direct Kick)

If you will be watching today's MLS action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

Comments

  1. So DC claims 19,000 fans were at RFK last night? Funny. Of course most of us would agree that last night’s crowd was half of the Open Cup final, which supposedly had 18k.

    The DC front office is descending into the world of crazy. Over-the-top websites, bait-and-switch on $2 concessions, bogus attendance.

    Good team and a good support base. Why is the mgmt behaving so desperately?

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  2. What, arrogance from DC fans? Never! (Or Fire, Dynamo or Galaxy fans, for that matter.)

    Speaking of the Galaxy – great to see Donovan and Beckham show their class at the end of the game. Get whupped, 6-3, take shots and get into fights – stay classy, Galaxy!

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  3. Sounders have been around before MLS and will be around long after DC is a footnote. We are a CLUB. Clubs are not tied to leagues, we exist in multiple leagues. We exist with or without the A-League, MLS, USL, NASL, NHA, MLB, NHL, EPL, CCL, NCAA or NCAAP.

    Tell Le Toux or Levesque that we’re not the Seattle Sounders. Tell Hahneman, Gaylindo or Ching that “it’s a different team” when their contract comes up and Adrian (the same GM) says, “remember us? time to come home.” Go tell Preki that there’s no connection between the Tacoma Stars and the Seattle Sounders.

    We were winning trophies before DC wore black, and we beat you twice in a row in your home stadium.

    Plus, Sounders fans have been really proud . . . as all supporters should be. The majority of us said we were good. We said we’d draw more fans. We said we’d sell more tickets. We never said we were “better”.

    You said that.

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  4. Yup KBD, still comical. On this current post, I happen to see only one belligerent comment. It it happens to be from a United fan. Actually, most of bile-filled comments on any blog happen to be towards Seattle. Seriously, go back through and check. Sure, you have one or two people who complain about the officiating. You have a lot of people bringing up their early success and large attendance. Plus guess what? There are a lot of Sounders fans. Just by averages there will be a lot posting. But how often do you see a Sounders fan with a post like this?:

    F*CK OFF SHIATTLE FC!
    YOU AIN’T GOT NO HISTORY
    14 YEARS AND 12 TROPHIES
    THAT’S WHAT WE CALL HISTORY!

    Go to hell, Flounders. Vamos United!

    Not super often by my count. So before going on some long diatribe about how arrogant and cocky we are, maybe you should talk to your United buddies and get your own ducks in a row.
    Its alright if you hate the team because they beat United twice at RFK. But all this silly ire towards SSFC because some random code of blogging chivalry was broken by Sounders fans, when other fans do the exact same thing, is hilarious. In the meantime, I suppose I’ll be hangin out in hell with all my fellow “Flounders” fans celebrating our continued success.

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  5. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=261962&cc=5901

    “Fans appeared to sense a brewing rivalry. They briefly directed a vulgar pregame chant toward the Sounders, but Zakuani sent an abrupt message with his early tally.”

    Anyone know what they were chanting?

    “Neither team posed much of a threat on attack until Wallace revived United with his third goal. He tapped the ball to Luciano Emilio as he crossed into the box, and Emilio flipped it back to him, giving Wallace an opening past sliding Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller.”

    I’m pretty sure the guy writing the game summary for ESPN must be blind. Didn’t Riley get a clean tackle on Wallace and the ball just happened to end up on Emilio’s foot? I’m pretty sure Wallace didn’t get a touch on it.

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  6. Dax McCarty shows David Beckham how to really deliver a cross. Beautiful finish by Harris makes it 4-2 Dallas. And as I type this, Dallas scores again. 5-2 FCD. This is getting ugly.

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  7. Thanks SeattleStan! I always aim to entertain. But I wasn’t in fact calling some of the Sounders fans classless because of the We Win Trophies thing, I was calling them classless because all I heard for 3 weeks leading up to the game was “Our fans our better so we’re the supreme beings of the universe!” I realize not all of you are like this, but when such a healthy majority does fit this stereotype, it is VERY hard not to condemn you all. I hate the Sounders because of a culmination of these cocky, self-righteous, and arrogant fans, as well as the fact that you keep beating us on our home pitch, and the fact that we have to deal with even more cockiness, self-righteousness, and arrogance after you do win. Tip: It gets old. Fast. The reason I get so pissed off at your fans in general is that you don’t let it go. You (collective, not you specifically) seem to have no grace or class towards the opponent whatsoever. When United beats a team (other than the Pink Cows), you don’t see 10,000 United supporters coming on here and writing about how our team is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Rather, you mostly see “good game by both teams, we still have room for improvement” or something to that effect.

    As for the We Win Trophies thing- it was an arrogant mistake by the FO, and at the time I felt like rubbing it in the fans’ faces was pretty damn rude because all we ever did was show up and support the team. We didn’t think of the slogan and employ it on several different media outlets.

    “oooooooooooo”- Yeah, the first half was pretty bad. But we dominated possession in the second half- as always. It happens every game. We dominate possession, we get the opportunities to create chances, but then we run out of gas right on the edge of the 18. It’s getting old, and fast. I want a quality finisher or two, and right now we have exactly zero.

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  8. Ha KBD, I remember after the U.S. Open match you went on and on about how Seattle fans were classless because they brought up the “We win trophies” thing, and then you go on and on how much you hate the Sounders. Your comments have entered the realm of comical.

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  9. Oooh my bad. That makes sense then, wondered why it was at Candlestick. Although after watching the highlights video from the San Jose-Columbus tilt, it seems unfair to put the 61k number there heh

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  10. KBD, the Sounders count their entire history. USL championships and the like from the past are displayed right next to the Seahawks pennants hanging over Qwest Field.

    There’s a reason the team is called the Sounders, and not something like Alliance (which was originally proposed by the management). It’s because fans voted it in, based on that name’s tradition and meaning to this city.

    Good game vs DC tonight. All 3 of the matches between these two teams have been ridiculous and exciting.

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  11. I was at the very first DC united home game back in the day. John Harks, Marco “El Diablo” Etcheverry, and Coach Bruce Arena. That was a team. Today….not so much.

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  12. KBD are you being facetious? The entire 1st half DC looked like they had to poop really bad. DC was outplaying Seattle most of the 2nd half but Seattle’s 2nd half was much better than DC’s first.

    We must have been watching from different camera angles.

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  13. boooooooo, don’t forget that United played pretty well tonight. I actually think we outplayed the Sounders, but their counterattacks are lethal. As always, we were the better team and played sooooo well, but the final ball simply didn’t exist. I’m sick of it.

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  14. i cant congratulate seattle for anything. wicks beat DC. again… again.

    Not saying Seattle did’nt outplay us. They did.

    Wicks looked to be concentrating on screaming at his defense at a really bad time. Again.

    Sigi could have outcoached Soehn from a drive thru window.

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  15. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I now hate a club more than the Red Bull New York MetroStar Red Bulls of Harrison, New Jersey.

    And brokejumper, Seattle Sounders FC were founded in 2008. As far as I know, they didn’t carry their history from USL over into MLS.

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  16. enough with the history vs more fans stuff. its like watching the news only to find more michael jackson talk or politicians being counterproductive.

    VAMOS UNITED!

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  17. Seattle Sounders (founded 1974) = no history

    DC is a great club with tradition, but ignorance is just wrong.

    With that said, DC United is among my favorite teams to see the Sounders play against. Good positive play that is fun to watch – Wicks excepted.

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  18. F*CK OFF SHIATTLE FC!
    YOU AIN’T GOT NO HISTORY
    14 YEARS AND 12 TROPHIES
    THAT’S WHAT WE CALL HISTORY!

    Go to hell, Flounders. Vamos United!

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  19. Great offense, Nick Garcia on defense. His tenacity is to be admired, but he’s past his shelf date and was effectively to blame on both goals.

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  20. With TFC getting three points, Seattle really needs to get something tonight against DC. This game could make or break their season.

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  21. DeRo has TFC up 1-0 at HT. The Rapids look like they’d rather be taking a nap. TFC should have this one in the bag unless Smith shakes things up with his halftime speech.

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