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After a studs-up tackle on Seattle's
In last weekend's six matches, defenses posted six clean sheets. In fact, the exciting Houston-Chicago five-goal affair was the only game in which both teams managed to find the net. Out of 18 August matches, one team failed to score in 15 of them. On five such occasions, the home side couldn't break down the visitor's back line. Diehard soccer fans know the beauty of a clean sheet, but the casual American sports fan doesn't -- especially when the local boys fail so obviously to muster any offense. It's overstating the case to say that as goals scored go, so will attendance, but
Every team except Columbus takes the field this week, with four squads -- Chicago, L.A., New England and Seattle -- playing twice. Action kicks off Wednesday when the Fire and Galaxy battle in the Windy City, while the Revs attempt to get a result against the Sounders a day later at Qwest Field. The highlight of Saturday's action sees Donovan, Beckham and the gang head into the nation's capital for a date with D.C. United. Sunday's featured game is the week's last, a match between Seattle and Houston that has huge potential playoff implications.