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Rd 3 MLS Plays Eight - Open Thread

Never before in history has MLS played 8 matches on a single day (sure this is the first year with 16 teams), but today they do just that. Here again is your open thread to discuss the day's non-Sounders action, with mini-capsules on each match.

Red Bull NY @ Chivas - 1 PM Pacific on Telefutura - Once a Metro will have the day's action for you, but if you watch this one it could be a goal scorers delight. Chivas isn't very good, and Bouna is bound to have a bad day eventually. If Red Bull is as good as SBN's bloggers think they are this should be a cake walk for them.

DC United @ Philly Union - 3PM Pacific on FSC- The Union will occupy Lincoln Financial Field today, and for their next home match, and with the neighboring United traveling in the thousands this match could approach 40,000 for total attendance. Neither team has been that good to start, and the Union are still adding/subtracting from their roster. Two SBN blogs have the action on this one for DC go here, for the Philly side here. If "form" means anything this will be zero-zero at the end with only 19 players on the pitch.

Toronto FC @ New England Revolution - 4:30PM Pacific- Reds fans made this one their big trip, and considering that New England has a worse stadium, their hated Field Turf, and plenty of seats the post-match reaction should be a real joy. Both sides just added new talent in that baffling trend of MLS where GMs don't think the first three weeks of the season matter. Both sides need points now and later, not just later.

Colorado Rapids @ Kansas City Wizards - 5:30PM Pacific - The Rapids get to take their high powered and star studded offense on the road to face a Wizards side who got to bask in glory for about two weeks after the whooping of DC United. Neither of these sides were expected at the beginning of the year to be contenders, but a quality performance by either one should start to open eyes. Claudio Lopez returns to the city that once had him as a DP.

Los Angeles Galaxy @ Houston Dynamo - 5:30PM Pacific- Any other week this would be THE match to watch, but in a week with a franchise's home opener and a match-up of two of 2009s trophy winners this is likely the third most interesting. Landon Donovan v Brian Ching in a match up of two American national teamers some guy signed this week as Ching and Weaver are both out, I expect the home side to still have the advantage here.

Columbus Crew @ FC Dallas - 5:30PM Pacific- Hunt Sports Group gets a great income off this match between two sides that have marketing problems. The Crew are still a very good side and should be able to take advantage of the old Burn as Hyndman continues to tweak things a bit and searches for a second scorer to go with Cunningham.

San Jose Earthquakes @ Chicago Fire - 5:30PM Pacific - Sometimes Collins John and Brian McBride aren't going to be enough. That won't be true today. San Jose just doesn't seem to get it and are still stuck in expansion mode. This one is for the Fire all the way.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC @ REAL SALT LAKE - 6PM Pacific - There will be tons of content both on this site and on I can't wait to see you guys at the Elysian. This one is clearly the match of the day.

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