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MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Seattle Sounders

MLS Preview: Chivas USA - Seattle Sounders

Jim O'Connor

Clint Dempsey and Erick Torres, the league's top two scorers, go head to head in a Western Conference clash.

If it's goals you're looking for, Saturday night's late show in Carson, Calif., between Chivas USA and the Seattle Sounders is probably the game for you.

Major League Soccer's top two scorers, Seattle's Clint Dempsey and Chivas' Erick Torres, will be head to head in that match, with the league's leader in assists, Obafemi Martins, also slated to be on the pitch for the Sounders.

Torres has spread his goals out, scoring in five of his side's first six matches, but hasn't had much help in terms of teammates finding the net, with the Goats having only seven goals total on the season. His run of form has been good enough to help his club earn six points in those six matches, but a little help along the way could very well see the team move out of the bottom half of the Western Conference.

Dempsey's goals have come in bunches. In just three starts the USA captain has netted six times, with one assist coming in his one substitute appearance of the season. Add in an own goal more or less forced by Dempsey, and his contribution is a total of eight goals scored or set up in just 303 minutes of action, an average of just over one goal per half played.

Unlike Torres, Dempsey has more than a little help. Five Sounders have found the net so far this season, with Kenny Cooper's two goals the next best total on the team, while eight different players, including Dempsey, have chipped in with at least one assist as the team opened the season with 10 points from its first six matches.

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