By IVES GALARCEP
The MLS Western Conference is shaping up to be a competitive dogfight in 2014, and the team that has jumped out to the early lead in the West faces a very tough test from another top West contender.
FC Dallas rolls into today’s meeting with the Seattle Sounders boasting the best record in the league (4-0-1). Looking to hand FC Dallas their first loss of the season are the Seattle Sounders, who have the firepower to really test Oscar Pareja’s defense. Clint Dempsey is coming off a hat trick against the Portland Timbers, and will look to challenge FCD standout centerback Matt Hedges.
At PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union play host to Real Salt Lake in a battle of top midfields. Maurice Edu will look to continue his impressive form as he takes the field against Kyle Beckerman, who he very well could be battling with for a place on the U.S. World Cup squad.
We could see history made today as well, with Landon Donovan on the verge of breaking the MLS career goal-scoring record. Donovan’s next goal will be his 135th career MLS goal, tying current record holder Jeff Cunningham. The Vancouver Whitecaps will do their best to keep Donovan from celebrating today.
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Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):