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Opta's 17 most interesting facts of the MLS weekend (no love lost between Chicago & Columbus)

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With three to five games remaining for MLS teams, it's getting down to the wire. Here are the Opta Jack stats you'll want to check out before this weekend's matches.

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1. This will be just the second-ever MLS meeting between Houston and New York City FC. First-half goals from Will Bruin and David Villa (penalty) were enough for the teams to battle to a 1-1 draw on May 30th, 2015 at Yankee Stadium.

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2. Alejandro Bedoya scored his first goal in seven appearances for Philadelphia in Toronto last weekend. The Union average 1.6 points per game in his seven starts, and only 1.3 points per game in the 24 games they played without him this year.

3. After losing two of their first three MLS home games this season, the Red Bulls are unbeaten in 12 at Red Bull Arena (10W) and have kept eight clean sheets on that stretch.

4. This will be the 57th MLS regular season meeting between the two sides. Columbus has not lost to Chicago in seven MLS matches (4W-3D) and outscored the Fire 12-4 on that run.

5. After ending a league record 36-game road winless streak, the Fire have lost three straight on the road and been outscored 11-3.

6. Toronto has not won in four league home games (1L-3D) but have only lost twice at home in all of MLS 2016 (7W-6D). They have scored 3+ goals in 5 of their 15 home games this season.

7. DC United's midweek 3-0 win over Columbus was the first clean sheet they had kept in eight games, and they had allowed multiple goals in all but two of the previous seven. 

8. Following Ola Kamara’s penalty last weekend, the Revolution have now conceded seven goals from penalties this season, tied with Portland for the most in the league.

9. Benny Feilhaber’s two assists last weekend for Sporting Kansas City were his first multi-assist game since May 2015. He has seven assists in his last eight MLS games, after only four in his first 19 this year.

10. FC Dallas has only scored three left-footed goals this season, the lowest total of any MLS team.

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11. The Galaxy average 1.8 points per game when both Robbie Keane and Gio dos Santos start this season (12 games) and 1.4 points per game when one or both has been missing (19 games).

12. In the 10 matches Darren Mattocks has started this season, the Timbers average 1.7 points per game. In the 21 games he has not started, the team averages only 1.1 points per game.

13. Shkelzen Gashi’s two goals last weekend were the first time a Rapids player scored multiple goals in the same game in 2016, and just the second time it has happened in a game since the start of MLS 2015 (Vicente Sanchez scored two goals against Houston on 9/26/15).

14. San Jose has only won one of the last five in the Bay Area between the two teams (2L-2D) and has only held RSL scoreless three times in 13 visits.

15. There has been an average of 3.4 goals across the previous five league meetings between Orlando City and Montreal.

16. Vancouver has only won once in their last 11 MLS matches (6L-4D). 

17. The Sounders have won their last two games in Vancouver by a combined score of 5-0.

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