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April 27, 2006 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release


Saturday, April 29

REAL SALT LAKE vs. LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah - 4:00 p.m. ET

Complete Game notes:

http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20060427&content_id=57431&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

ESPN's Soccer Saturday features a Western Conference matchup with a pair of teams trying to shake off indifferent starts to the 2006 campaign. Real Salt Lake has been close to putting an end to their lengthy winless run, yet they are still searching for a first victory this year, their lone point coming in their only home game. The Los Angeles Galaxy finally leave California after four consecutive games - going winless in their three home games to begin defense of their MLS Cup title.

REFEREE: Michael Kennedy. SAR (bench): Richard Eddy; JAR (opposite): Anthony Vasoli; 4th: Colin Tait

INJURY REPORT:

REAL SALT LAKE - OUT: DF Paul Broome (L ankle internal derangement); MF Seth Trembly (L knee ACL tear); QUESTIONABLE: FW Jamie Watson (L knee sprain); PROBABLE: DF Eddie Pope (low back strain)

LOS ANGELES GALAXY - OUT: DF Ben Benditson (sports hernia); QUESTIONABLE: DF Tyrone Marshall (L MCL sprain); FW Alan Gordon (sports hernia)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: RSL: MF Nikolas Besagno (U.S. U-20 national team) ... LA: FW Quavas Kirk (U.S. U-20 national team)

SUSPENDED: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Real 1 wins (0 shootout), 4 goals ... Galaxy 2 wins (0 shootout), 6 goals ... 1 draw

AT SALT LAKE: (2 meetings): Real 1 wins (0 shootout), 3 goals ... Galaxy 0 wins (0 shootout), 2 goals ... 1 draw

This is the first of four league meetings scheduled between the Western Conference clubs, the first of two at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They meet for the first time this season at The Home Depot Center in just two weeks time; their next meeting will also be on Victoria Street, on July 8. Their final league meeting is scheduled for the Wasatch Front on Aug. 30.

TV:

ESPN 2

KU BAND

AMC 3, Tr. 18 ch 806

Uplink: 14369(H)

Downlink: 12069(V)

Symbol Rate: 13.235

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D.C. UNITED vs. FC DALLAS

RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. - 7:30 p.m. ET

Complete game notes:

http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20060427&content_id=57435&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

Another mouthwatering matchup for the early season awaits at RFK Stadium, where the top two teams to this point in the 2006 campaign face off. Both clubs are still unbeaten on the season. D.C. United has followed a season-opening draw with three successive victories, matching their best-ever start to a season, while FC Dallas also has three victories and a draw to show for their efforts thus far, though all of their wins have come in the friendly confines of Pizza Hut Park.

REFEREE: Mark Geiger. SAR (bench): Greg Barkey; JAR (opposite): C.J. Morgante; 4th: Jorge Gonzalez

INJURY REPORT:

D.C. UNITED - OUT: GK Nick Rimando (mid-foot sprain); DF David Stokes (R quad strain); MF Santino Quaranta (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Bryan Namoff (groin strain); MF Justin Moose (hamstring strain)

FC DALLAS - QUESTIONABLE: GK Jeff Cassar (R hip); MF Arturo Alvarez (L ankle sprain); MF Richard Mulrooney (R ACL)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

SUSPENDED: DAL: DF Chris Gbandi (through April 30)

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (26 meetings): United 10 wins (0 shootout), 49 goals ... FC Dallas 14 wins (4 shootout), 48 goals ... 2 draws

AT RFK STADIUM: (11 meetings): United 6 wins (0 shootout), 30 goals ... FC Dallas 4 wins (2 shootout), 17 goals ... 1 draws

This is the first of two league meetings scheduled between the clubs this season, the only one set for RFK Memorial Stadium. They are scheduled to face off at Pizza Hut Park on July 4.

TV:

Directv: 791

Dish Net: 458

CSN-DC - 30 Min Post Game show @ 9:30

Fiber Circuit:

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COLUMBUS CREW vs. KANSAS CITY WIZARDS - HDNet Exclusive Broadcast

Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus Ohio - 7:30 p.m. ET

Complete game notes:

http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20060427&content_id=57433&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

The two Hunt Sports Group rivals play for the second time in five weeks to open the season, after the Kansas City Wizards got their season off to a rolling start with a 3-1 win in the season opener against the Crew at Arrowhead Stadium. But the Crew come in after their first win on the campaign, a dramatic win at the Los Angeles Galaxy, while the Wizards saw their perfect start ended last Sunday in a loss to FC Dallas.

REFEREE: Andrew Chapin. SAR (bench): Rob Fereday; JAR (opposite): Adam Wienckowski; 4th: Jozef Batko

INJURY REPORT:

COLUMBUS CREW - OUT: MF Duncan Oughton (R knee), GK Jonny Walker (lower back pain), DF Jed Zayner (L knee); GK Bill Gaudette (R hand); Danny Szetela (L foot fracture); MF Jacob Thomas (R ankle sprain); DF Marcos Gonzalez (L hamstring) ...

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS - OUT: DF Nick Garcia (R hand); PROBABLE: DF Jimmy Conrad (groin)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

SUSPENDED: none

LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (27 meetings): Crew 13 wins (0 shootout), 51 goals ... Wizards 10 wins (2 shootout), 41 goals ... 4 draws

AT COLUMBUS: (15 meetings): Crew 8 wins (0 shootout), 27 goals ... Wizards 5 wins (1 shootout), 22 goals ... 2 draws

This is the second of four meetings between the Eastern Conference rivals this season, the only two East teams not to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs a season ago. It's the first of two at Crew Stadium; their next meeting is also at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, on June 10. The season series finale is set for Aug. 12 in Kansas City.

A year ago, the Crew won the season series, winning two of the four meetings with one draw as the teams were paired in the Eastern Conference for the first time.

The teams have evenly split their last nine meetings, each winning three with three draws over that time, dating back to the final meeting of the 2003 season.

Coaches record: Sigi Schmid v KC: P23 W10 L9 D4 ... Bob Gansler vs. CLB: P18 W6 L8 D4

TV:

HDNet - Exclusive HDNet game

KU BAND

AMC 01, Tr. 18 Upper

Uplink: 14369(H)

Downlink: 12069(V)

Symbol Rate: 14028726

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COLORADO RAPIDS vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO

Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo. - 9:00 p.m. ET

Complete game notes:

http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20060427&content_id=57434&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

On First Kick 2005, the Colorado Rapids provided the opposition for the first-ever match in Houston Dynamo history - and went down to a heavy defeat at Robertson Stadium. They now meet again in the Mile High City, the Rapids coming in after a week off and a win and a draw in their last two games, while Dynamo put an end to their two-game losing skid with a dramatic come-from-behind victory last weekend at home against Real Salt Lake.

REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. SAR (bench): Amato DeLuca; JAR (opposite): Chris Strickland; 4th: Steven DePiero

INJURY REPORT:

COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: GK Matt Jordan (lower back); QUESTIONABLE: FW Fabrice Noel (R knee contusion); DF Matt Crawford (L hamstring); MF Colin Clark (R knee sprain); PROBABLE: MF Dedi Ben-Dayan (L hamstring)

HOUSTON DYNAMO - OUT: FW Julian Nash (L hamstring strain), MF Aaron Lanes (R fifth metatarsal fracture); QUESTIONABLE: MF Chris Wondolowski (R knee MCL sprain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

SUSPENDED: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (1 meetings): Rapids 0 wins (0 shootout), 2 goals ... Dynamo 1 win (0 shootout), 5 goals ... 0 draws

AT DENVER: first meeting

This is the second meeting between the Houston club and Colorado, the first of two in Denver after the Rapids played in the first-ever match at Robertson Stadium. They won't meet again at the bayou until the regular season finale on Oct. 14; in between comes the second meetings in Denver, on July 26.

Coaches record: Fernando Clavijo v HOU: P1 W0 L1 D0 ... Dominic Kinnear vs. COL: P9 W5 L1 D3

TV:

Directv: 792

Dish Net: 457

FSN-Houston

VYVX Conf #

2036876

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CHIVAS USA vs. NEW YORK RED BULLS

The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. - 10:00 p.m. ET

Complete game notes:

http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20060427&content_id=57432&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

The New York Red Bulls travel to The Home Depot Center to face Chivas USA and head coach Bob Bradley - who of course was let go by the then-MetroStars at the tail end of last season. Both Bradley and his successor - Mo Johnston - are looking to shake off a run of tough results: Chivas has lost two in a row after a promising season-opening win, while the Red Bulls have yet to win at all this season, though they lost for the first time last weekend.

REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda. SAR (bench): Tom Supple; JAR (opposite): Kyle Borne; 4th: Shane Moody

INJURY REPORT:

CHIVAS USA - OUT: MF Francisco Gomez (L knee surgery), FW Matt Taylor (R ankle fracture); MF Ramon Ramirez (L knee sprain); PROBABLE: DF Carlos Llamosa (L hamstring strain)

NEW YORK RED BULLS - QUESTIONABLE: MF Mark Lisi (R groin strain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CHV: Claudio Suarez (Mexico); FW Estuardo Sanchez; MF Rodrigo López (U.S. U-20 national team) ... NY: FW David Arvizu; FW Josmer Altidore (U.S. U-20 national team)

SUSPENDED: none

LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (2 meetings): Chivas USA 0 wins (0 shootout), 3 goals ... Red Bulls 1 wins (0 shootout), 5 goals ... 1 draw

AT CARSON: (1 meetings): Chivas USA 0 wins (0 shootout), 0 goals ... Red Bulls 1 win (0 shootout), 2 goals ... 0 draws

This is the first of two league meetings set between the teams this year, the only one at The Home Depot Center. They will meet at Giants Stadium in less than a month, on May 20.

TV:

Directv: 793

Dish Net: 456

MSG Network - 30 Min Pre-game @ 9:30

KU BAND

Galaxy 11, Tr. 19 A&B

Uplink: 14371(V)

Downlink: 12071(H)

Symbol Rate: 13.235

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SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2006

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs. CHICAGO FIRE

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Complete game notes:

http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20060427&content_id=57436&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

The New England Revolution finally make their home bow this year against the Chicago Fire - still on their season-opening road odyssey - in a rematch of last year's taut Eastern Conference Championship. The Revolution are looking for goals - while they negotiated their difficult start with a win, draw and loss, they did so scoring just a solitary goal. The Fire are still looking for a first victory of the season as they play the fourth game of their nine-game road trip to begin the campaign, though they have claimed draws in their last two contests.

REFEREE: Alex Prus. SAR (bench): Craig Lowry; JAR (opposite): Michael Salyers; 4th: Gus St. Silva

INJURY REPORT:

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION - OUT: MF Khano Smith (L knee surgery); MF Jani Galik (R hamstring strain); DF Marshall Leonard (L Achilles tendon rupture); MF Ryan Latham (abdominal strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Steve Ralston (L groin strain); FW Pat Noonan (R hamstring strain); DF Joe Franchino (R hamstring strain)

CHICAGO FIRE - QUESTIONABLE: FW Nate Jaqua (L shoulder)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: NE: DF Avery John (Trinidad & Tobago)

SUSPENDED: CHI: FW Andy Herron (through May 13)

LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (24 meetings): Revolution 11 wins (0 shootout), 38 goals ... Fire 8 wins (0 shootout), 30 goals ... 5 draws

AT FOXBOROUGH: (12 meetings): Revolution 8 wins (0 shootout), 23 goals ... Fire 3 wins (0 shootout), 13 goals ... 1 draw

This is the first of four league meetings scheduled between the Eastern Conference clubs, the first of two at Gillette Stadium. Their next two meetings will be at Bridgeview Stadium - the Revolution opening up the new soccer-specific stadium on June 11, then making their second appearance less than a month later on July 8. The league season series finale is scheduled for Aug. 20 on Route 1.

TV:

Directv: 791

Dish Net: 461

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KU BAND

SBS 6, Tr. 13 A

Uplink: 14302(V)

Downlink: 12002(H)

Symbol Rate: 6.1113


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