MLS Weekend Preview

MLS Weekend Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 4, 2007

Another smashing weekend of soccer in the MLS as week five rolls on. Last night’s game with DC and New England was…well…rather boring for the most part. It ended in a draw like I figured it would but for the most part the game just lacked luster to it. It was physical but it just lacked a little extra that we had seen in previous Thursday night contests so far this season.

But this weekend has some solid contests. Nothing great really, a western conference showdown that should tell us a few things about a couple teams. A couple eastern teams will compete to let us know if they are really good or not.

Saturday’s games:

Columbus Crew at Kansas City Wizards: The Crew haven’t lost a game and Toronto can only beat the cellar-dwellers of the east. Should be interesting really. A lot rests on which Argentine player shows up more, Carlos Marinelli for the Wizards or newly acquired Scholetto for the Crew. We know they both can produce.

The biggest question will be if Columbus’s tough defense can stop the attack that MLS Player of the Month Eddie Johnson brings to the pitch. We’ve seen Columbus shut out some solid attacks so far this season. I like their chances tomorrow because they are tough and gritty and don’t care what name is on the jersey in front of them. I like that and I like where this Crew team is going.

Columbus couldn’t register a win against the Wizards last year but they also didn’t have a solid defense then either. Neither team is looking like the side that they were a year ago.

I see a draw either way here. It’s shaping up to be that sort of contest.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, KC 1

Red Bull New York at Real Salt Lake: Lots of changes this week or well, yesterday in Salt Lake City with this club. Jason Kreis moves in as head coach while former coach John Ellinger moves into a front office position. Honestly this team has no shot at beating New York tomorrow in my mind. I think many will agree with me on that. The last two games I have seen out of these two clubs have been completely different contests, with New York just owning their opposition and RSL getting beat.

Will the shutout streak continue for the Red Bulls? I think that is a biggest question. I do like Salt Lake to actually get on the board here. I think the coaching change will spark a little bit in them out of the gate but it won’t be enough against a very deep New York side.

WVH Prediction: RBNY 3, RSL 1

Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids: Boy, this is a game that I am very interested in tomorrow night. Two teams that should be leading the way in the west. One is there and one is looking for their offensive attack. I honestly have no idea which way this one will go. I do like Colorado at home because of that home field advantage, not to mention the fact that Houston hasn’t played well on the road yet.

I think something is gonna have to give for the Dynamo this weekend. Either they show up and score with Brian Ching and Dewayne de Rosario or they continue this downward spiral into a funk like DC has been in. The defense is good enough to carry them but they have to get some goals if they want to even have a chance at winning this game and more importantly repeating as MLS Champions.

Its a tough call but for now I am going with the home side in a very entertaining contest.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Houston 1

Sunday’s games:

Chivas USA at DC United: I think this is where DC finally gets a win this season. They looked as though they would get off the snide and get one on Thursday but you knew they would finish in a draw with the Revs. Chivas is in a world of confusion over this Amado Guevara thing right now. You don’t know where exactly their heads are at right now and not having Sasha Kljestan really hurts them.

This is a game that should spark the winner no matter which one it is. I like DC to pull this one out and start a nice winning streak because of how many games they have at home in the month of May. Chivas better find ways to stop the attack or it will be a long night like it was a week ago with the Galaxy.

WVH Prediction: DC 3, Chivas 1

Chicago Fire at New England Revolution: This is an interesting contest on Sunday evening. The Revs have looked so-so thus far and the Fire have been better than expected in my eyes. The Fire got a win in the opening game of the season in Chicago against these Revs but I believe the Revs have been playing much better since then.

Questions going into the game will be if Chicago can again slow down Taylor Twellman. They held him to no goals in the first contest but since then Twellman has been great. Also, how will New England be without Sharlie Joesph in the middle of the pitch? Without him there they do look a bit lost. I think that will be a huge factor in this game.

I see a draw though here since it is in New England. They both will contain one another just enough.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, NE 1