By TATE STEINLAGE
Major League Soccer is in full swing again following the World Cup and will take center stage Wednesday with four matches involving teams needing results.
The action kicks off with the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The Red Bulls haven’t lost a league fixture in five matches and will be looking to extend that statistic to six against a laboring Union squad led by interim head manager Jim Curtin.
Almost five-hundred miles away, the Columbus Crew will look to exact revenge on Sporting Kansas City for a May meeting which saw the reigning MLS Cup champions cruise to a 2-0 victory at Sporting Park. The Crew haven’t won a league match dating back to May 24th, falling to sixth in the Eastern Conference race during that time after jumping into first place early in the season.
Up north, Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps will renew their Canadian rivalry at BMO field. The two teams enter Wednesday’s matchup on the heels of two crazy finishes during the weekend. Toronto FC eliminated a 2-0 deficit against the Houston Dynamo Saturday to win in easy fashion 4-2, while the Whitecaps saw a 1-0 lead against Chivas USA vanish in a disappointing 3-1 loss.
The night will end in Carson, Calif. with two teams heading in opposite directions as the LA Galaxy take on the New England Revolution. The Galaxy haven’t dropped a league match in two months after struggling out the gate, while the Revolution haven’t secured three points in an MLS match since May 24th.
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Enjoy the action. (Today’s TV and web schedule can be found after the jump):
7 p.m. – Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls – ESPN2/WatchESPN/ESPN Deportes
7:30 p.m. – Columbus Crew vs. Sporting KC – MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live
8 p.m. – Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live
10:30 p.m. – LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution – MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live