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Major League Standings: Just below the bottom

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Despite a tough loss in Portland, Sounders remain just above the Western Conference basement.

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Friday 7/15

LA Galaxy 1 - Houston Dynamo 0: in a result that keeps the Sounders above the last spot in the Western Conference, the Galaxy were able to rebound from a Robbie Keane penalty miss and take three points from Houston, thanks to a Steven Gerrard follow-up goal in the second half.

Saturday 7/16

Columbus 1 - DC United 1: Columbus were unable to hold on to their 1-0 lead, dropping two crucial points in the eastern conference thanks in part to a late Danny Espindola goal and a very questionable red card given to Harrison Afful. The defending Eastern Conference champions continue their arduous campaign, with this result putting them at just 18 points on the year.

Colorado 1 - Sporting Kansas City 0: In an increasingly familiar strategy, the Rapids bunkered behind the ball for a good seventy minutes, only to have fresh legs come through with the winning goal, brought this time by Marlon Hairston curler in the 78th minute. This keeps the Rapids home unbeaten streak alive, and tees up their biggest match of the season next week, with Shield points leaders FC Dallas coming to town.

FC Dallas 3 - Chicago 1: Speaking of Dallas, they got back to their winning ways after a tough stand in Seattle earlier in the week, holding off a late Chicago goal with a third for insurance. Highlighting their 3 goal outburst was Castillo's outrageous rabona assist to Urruti to open the scoring, along with assisting on Mauro Rosale's insurance goal in stoppage time.

Real Salt Lake 0 - New England Revolution 0:  Real Salt Lake and the Revolution played to a stalemate in Rio Tinto, with Kei Kamara getting the ball in the net early on in the second half, only to have it called back for a foul. Each time had a multitude of chances to take the points, but end up leaving all of it on the table.

Vancouver 2 - Orlando City 2: Julio Baptista had the opportunity to break a 2-2 deadlock in the second half, but field goaled his penalty attempt. David Ousted was able to keep Orlando out just enough to see the home side through with a point. In addition to the four goals, fifteen year old Alphonso Davies made his MLS debut for the Whitecaps, after playing for them in the Canadian Championship.

San Jose 2 - Toronto FC 1: In the wildest game of the week, San Jose were able to take a positive from a severe negative, going up 2 -1 and holding the result with just nine players on the field by the final whistle. Simon Dawkins put in the winner from distance, and with David Bingham standing on his head throughout the game, San Jose keeps a five point edge on the Sounders.

Sunday 7/17

Portland Timbers 3 - Seattle Sounders 1: A brutal result had it's positives for the Sounders, with some good chances in the first half and a glittering moment of hope following a Chad Marshall header. Unfortunately, the Portland counter attack bit the Sounders all afternoon, and they just couldn't keep up.

Montreal 1 - New York City FC 3: New York City maintained their league best road form, recording their sixth victory in ten games away from Yankee Stadium. Jack Harrsion's brilliant solo effort highlighted New York FC's trifecta, but after an adventurous Harry Shipp strike had the home side briefly sniffing a comeback, Frank Lampard put the match away off a deflection. The result puts NYCFC at the top of the Eastern Conference table.

Philadelphia 2 - New York Red Bulls 2: In a crucial matchup in the East, the Philadelphia Union had to rally from a two goal deficit with ten men to see a result. Sacha Kljestan's brace powered the Red Bulls early on, but a penalty from Sapong and a tap in from Pontius allowed the Union to secure the point, despite a red card to Ilsinhio.