MLS Weekend Preview

MLS Weekend Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 11, 2007

I have to say I have never and I mean never seen two own goals in a single game until last night. Its tough just seeing one own goal but two by opposite teams that ends up being the final result is rare. Sadly enough I have to say it is unfortunate for the league that it turned up on their prime-time event last night. Nonetheless, it leads into the weekend play and there are a couple intriguing games on tap.

Saturday’s games:

Chicago Fire at Toronto FC: A week off for the Reds and you have to wonder what exactly it will do to MoJo’s group. Chicago is coming off of their first lost of the season where they looked like the team I expected them to be at the start of the season. They had no answer defensively for New England and didn’t get enough up front to help their cause.

I really want the Reds to get something here this weekend. Just a goal. Its sad but I have never found myself rooting this much for a team to score other than my own.

This game is interesting to me because I feel Toronto’s crowd and enviornment is like none other in this league right now. Chicago probably hasn’t faced a crowd as savvy as Toronto’s. Thankfully for the Fire Toronto still hasn’t scored a goal in their time in the MLS. I think that will give in this weekend though. For the most part I see a draw, too. I know I feel a little dump thinking the Fire will drop points on the road to the league’s worst but after last weekend I wouldn’t be too terribly shocked by it.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, TFC 1

Chivas USA at Columbus Crew: Oh the Fire Preki ads and websites are starting to fire up I bet in Chivas land. From what I hear they are looking for a high profile Mexican to replace the mess-up that was Amado Guevara. They looked a bit out of it last weekend in the Nation’s Capital but things should be a bit different this weekend with the return of Sasha Kljestan. Man, will he really make that much of a difference for this team? Yes.

Columbus in large part, I felt got screwed a bit last weekend in KC. They controlled a decent portion of the game but gave up a goal in the final seconds. Not a good way to go. But thankfully for them this is a home game. I see a much different result against Chivas.

I like the Crew in this one. I see things turning around and I see Schelotto getting more involved.

WVH Prediction: Crew 2, Chivas 1

FC Dallas at Kansas City Wizards: You have to wonder exactly how the week off will do for the Hoops. I think it will help even though they won’t have Carlos Ruiz in action over his no-show this week. Then again the Wizards won’t have Jimmy Conrad who got his jaw jacked up last weekend thanks to the Crew.

Those two ex-factors out it makes this game oh-so interesting. We should see the debut of midfielder Pablo Ricchetti for Dallas. I am telling you he should make a huge difference in midfield for the Hoops.

KC just needs to keep finding Eddie Johnson and they will be alright. He didn’t get in the mix enough against Columbus last weekend and you have to wonder if he is starting to cool off here. If he doesn’t get up for a game against his old club then you should know something is up with EJ. Remember his fast start was thanks in large part to playing Toronto twice in one week. People are quick to forget such a thing.
I like the Hoops this weekend. It will be close and hopefully not as boring as KC and Columbus were last weekend. Jimmy Conrad being out hurts the Wizards a lot.

WVH Prediction: FCD 2, KC 1

New England Revolution at LA Galaxy: A rematch of the 2005 MLS Cup. Yaaaay. I really don’t care about this game and it is large in part because of how the Galaxy schedule is set up. Too many weeks off early in the season is going to hurt this team too much in the long run. Even with Beckham it will. Just you watch.

New England is the hotter hand here. I feel they are playing the best soccer in the league right now, even more so than KC and New York. The ageless Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman are a fun group to watch. But give credit to that defense, they are pretty tough too. Five goals and five assist between the two. Oh yeah, Andy Dorman is doing pretty well with three goals of his own too.

I like the Revs because I just don’t know how the Galaxy will handle a good team like the Revs.

WVH Prediction: New England 2, LA 0

Sunday’s Game:

Colorado Rapids at Red Bull New York: Oh the cross country trip in a matter of four days. I love how the league schedules games here. Colorado is coming off a weird 1-1 draw of their rivals in RSL while New York is also coming off a weird draw to RSL.

I have to think the Red Bulls will bounce back in this one. Though no Hunter Freeman and I wonder about their goalie situation. The difference maker will be the debut of Juan Pablo Angel. He will score and score a lot I think. I am guessing two goals and maybe an assist. Colorado needs to find a way to stop Angel or it will be a long, long afternoon.

Biggest question on my mind is though, if Clint Mathis can put two good games together back-to-back. If he does, then folks, he has returned to form. If not, he will probably be red carded in the 67 minute.

Take the Red Bulls.

WVH Prediction: RBNY 3, Colorado 1