*Wednesday’s MLS matches featured clubs in the playoff hunt hosting teams that are out of contention. One of the vacation-bound sides, the Philadelphia Union, played with pride and disrupted the Chicago Fire’s postseason march with a 3-1 surprise at Toyota Park — good news for the other Eastern Conference contenders.
The other outsider, Chivas USA, continued its sad spiral toward the offseason with a 4-0 loss at Vancouver. The Goats have lost seven straight, been shut out in five in a row, and have conceded 32 goals during an 0-9-2 rut.
With Chicago’s defeat, the top Eastern clubs have now all played the same number of matches (31):
1. Sporting Kansas City 58 points (at Columbus Sunday)
2. New York Red Bulls 53 (vs. Chicago Saturday)
3. Chicago Fire 53 (at New York Saturday)
4. D.C. United 51 (at Toronto Saturday)
5. Houston Dynamo 49 (vs. Montreal Saturday)
6. Columbus Crew 48 (vs. Kansas City Sunday)
*United forward Hamdi Salihi has been recalled by Albania for World Cup qualifiers against Iceland and Slovenia. He will travel after Saturday’s MLS match and not miss any league games.
*The forecast in Toronto on Saturday afternoon: 52 degrees, cloudy and breezy.
*The Seattle Sounders are expecting about 67,000 supporters for Sunday’s game against the Portland Timbers (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). The MLS regular season record for a stand-alone game was 69,255 at the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Rose Bowl debut in 1996.
*Americans in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League:
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan played the last 45 in Anderlecht’s 3-0 loss to Malaga
Defender Oguchi Onyewu was not in the 18 for Malaga
Midfielder Jermaine Jones was not in the 18 for Schalke’s 2-2 draw with Montpellier
*Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake, a sophomore from Jamaica, was brilliant in the undefeated Huskies’ 2-1 victory at previously unbeaten Georgetown.
*From earlier in the week, video of UMBC scoring 17 seconds into a match against Howard: