MLS Weekend Preview

MLS Weekend Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 20, 2007

After a pretty intriguing contest with the Revs and the Crew last night, its time to move to the rest of the MLS weekend lineup. DC, LA and Toronto are all off this weekend. Probably a good thing for all three of them since they all have had problems getting anything positive going thus far this season.

Prediction wise hasn’t been too grand this season. Not even a .500 record, but from what many other sites are doing out there, I am not alone in this. This just shows the balance in the league and how wrong most of us are about certain teams.

Anyways, four games this weekend, three on Saturday and one Sunday.

Houston Dynamo at Red Bull New York: The “top” two teams in the league according to the standings (mostly based on goal differential at this point) square off in the Meadowlands. A lot of people have been riding high over the 3-0 slashing of FC Dallas last weekend by the Red Bulls. I was not one of them as you all know. It was one game and I really honestly cannot read into Clint Mathis being back to his old self just yet. If he comes out this weekend and does the same thing to a much better Dynamo team then there will be something to talk about. Just remember, he has had games like this before over the past couple years and the very next game he did absolutely nothing to make anyone remember those previous games.

I like Houston, as you all know I have said they are the class of this league right now. And they are playing like it too. I don’t know if newly acquired defensive midfielder Richard Mulrooney will be in the lineup or not, possibly a second half sub if you ask me. It shouldn’t make too much of a difference. The Red Bulls don’t have Juan Pablo Angel just yet and their offense still isn’t that great. Please remember they beat a bad Dallas defense with an even more overrated keeper in Shaka Hislop last weekend. Houston’s defense is much better and Pat Onstad is way better than Hislop. Take the orange. WVH Prediction: Houston 2, NY 1

Kansas City Wizards at Chicago Fire: Honestly, at the start I had these two clubs at the bottom of the pecking order in the league. They’ve proved me wrong though. KC stomped DC and Chicago isn’t half bad. But, like with Mathis and NY, I am not even completely sold yet that Eddie Johnson’s game is back after one game. Please, the kid did some things to an overrated defense last weekend in DC, that doesn’t warrant that is game has some how reappeared just yet.

Take a draw between these two clubs really. Both are still overrated by a long shot in my book. If Chicago finds Rolfe and gets him going they could pull this one out at home. If not I don’t see either team doing enough to get a ‘W’ in this one. KC will be a bit lagged from their US Open Cup game on Wednesday night in Salt Lake. They did use many of their starters in that overtime loss. WVH Prediction: KC 1, Chicago 1

Real Salt Lake at CD Chivas USA: Some people really don’t like the Goats this year. Really, not a lot of respect going their way except from me. Am I in the wrong? Maybe, but they did play well last weekend at Houston. No shame in dropping a 1-0 game against one of the best teams in the league.

Salt Lake has to find a way to win a game though. Maybe some of that energy from the US Open Cup win will boost them a bit. They have the offense to beat anyone I think. Freddy Adu is getting very comfortable servicing the ball to Jeff Cunningham. But they will face a solid defense this weekend in LA, and probably an even better keeper.

If Amada Guevara and Ante Razov get going for Chivas it could be a long night to be a Salt Lake defender. Throw in some history that Salt Lake has never won in Carson against Chivas and I like my chances if I am a fan of the Goats. Razov gets going and Chivas takes this one. WVH Prediction: Chivas 2, RSL 0

Sundays game:

Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas: This should be the best game of the week. Not any from the previous day, this one will take the cake for the weekend I feel. Dallas wants revenge from the last two post season exits at the hands of the Rapids. However the Rapids don’t care and they will continues to play up to par with how they have done so far.

Don’t expect new acquired Conor Casey to get too much playing time in this one. But do expect more brilliance out of Herculez Gomez. Reason why it should be exciting to watch on Sunday is Gomez on one side of the pitch and Carlos Ruiz and Kenny Cooper on the other. So far these three have scored in all of their teams games so far. So expect one or all of them to score on Sunday.

I don’t know which way to lean in this one really. Colorado has been playing well and Dallas has been up and down so far. But a revenge factor at home is a way to lean I think and the Hoops have that. Take Dallas in a close one but an exciting one. FC Dallas 3, Colorado 2

  • Michelle

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  • Greetings — this is an excellent blog on the MLS. I would really like to speak with you about publishing some of your future articles on the team.