MLS Weekend Preview

MLS Weekend Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 18, 2007

Well not bad, got to say I am 1-1 this week on the picks. Not a bad start I would say. Lots of games this weekend, six to be exact, only team to be left off the weekend festivities is Chicago who will be thinking about how they are going to fire (no pun intended really) their head coach in a few weeks.

Seriously though, lots of good games this weekend. Again, a lot will help us know who is good and who isn’t so good after this weekend. We are already getting to see the bigger picture with a couple teams this after Sunday we will know for sure I would think.

Saturday’s games:

DC United at Toronto FC: I have to say this is the one game Saturday that I am really looking forward to. Even more so than the MLS Cup rematch with New England and Houston.

I think this match has the makings of a solid encounter. Toronto got three points and began their first ever win streak on Wednesday while DC has been off for a week or so now. Makes you wonder if the tired legs of the Reds will be able to handled the rested (though possibly rusty) legs of the Black-and-Red.

Toronto we know is probably the league’s most physical team and even more so at BMO Field. I think this will be the case again against the United. The Reds don’t want to be pushed around at their home field and will do whatever it takes. I will like to see more of Edson Buddle for the Reds. He blew a couple chances against Houston on Wednesday but I think between him and Dichio (who returns from the infamous bite card) that they will be able to break the United’s back-line.

DC has to get loads of pressure on Toronto’s defense. We saw on Wednesday that Toronto had to block about 50 shots to win the game and keep Houston off the board. DC has a little better offense than Houston does so they should be able to find a way into the box to get some good looks at Greg Sutton’s net.

I like the momentum that Toronto has and I question really how the week off helped DC. For now I think it will be a draw but I wouldn’t be surprised really at this point if either won this game. Its a little too much up in the air in my eyes at this point. If the Toronto crowd get into the game (like we know they will) then it could be a long day for DC.

WVH Prediction: DCU 2, TFC 2

Columbus Crew at Red Bull New York: Ives called you out Red Bull fans. Show up! No? Okay, didn’t think so. Yeah, this one honestly looks like another draw between these two clubs.

A lot depends on the health of a couple Red Bulls. Freeman is out, Reyna is questionable and really in all likely he is probably out, Waterreus is probably out in goal. I don’t know, I don’t see the Red Bulls pulling away with this game if these guys, especially Reyna are out.

I think the Crew have the defense to hold New York here and if they do they may be able to sneak a goal or two by New York. Juan Pablo Angel has to step up and get some goals for the Red Bulls. And for you Clint Mathis fans out there, with the way things have gone for Cleetus this season he is due for another offensive day. Will it happen? I doubt it.

Expect about 8,000 people at the Meadowlands, with probably some rain, nasty play, defensive battle and a draw. I agree with one of my good friends about the Crew, they will probably get another two draws in their next two games. And to me I still see them as a playoff team with those two draws. For New York, they need three points, they really do. Anything less is not good for Bruce and his club.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, RBNY 1

New England Revolution at Houston Dynamo: Another MLS Cup rematch. The Revs are hot, flat out, smokin’ hot right now. Best goal scoring team in the league and that defense isn’t too shabby either. Houston on the other hand didn’t find their way or the net up in Canada during the week thanks to a lot of missed chances that should have put the game out of reach for the Reds.

With the way the two are playing I can easily see New England in this one. I don’t think Houston has the offense output to keep up with New England. I do see them defensively being able to stop New England for the most part. But offensively, again, things just haven’t clicked this so far season for the Dynamo.

Save bet with the Revs on Saturday night. It should be a dandy of a contest.

WVH Prediction: New England 1, Houston 0

Kansas City Wizards at Colorado Rapids: For the life of me I still do not see why people are rating this Wizards team so high in their rankings. I just don’t. Maybe if they get a solid road win in Colorado this weekend I will change my mind. But really in all honesty, they shouldn’t.

KC lacks creativity without Marinelli in the midfield and lacks defensive stability with Conrad out of the lineup, plus Hartman is showing his age and I just don’t see it with this team. Sure the win at Toronto is starting to look good but please, lets get serious here about this squad.

I like Colorado at home in this one because of the offensive talent that the Rapids have. Sure they are a very odd team these days but they do have the talent to over match the Wizards. Also, in Colorado, the Wizards have only won four games there in the history of the club. Just four in over 12 years. Not very good, and really not good considering the new stadium that the Rapids have is so much larger (field size at least) than Mile High was. Makes for a long night in Commerce City.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Kansas City 0

Sunday’s Games:

LA Galaxy at Chivas USA: The Goats got a new kit sponsor this week. Don’t know if that actually will do anything for them on the field but it sure looks nice. The Galaxy finally get another game to try and right the ship, so to speak. Last week’s game with New England was very entertaining.

Honestly, I like the Galaxy in this one. Chivas is the only team the Galaxy have beaten this season so it makes sense for them to make it a double. Though don’t be too surprised if the Goats pull a draw in with LA this weekend. I could easily see that happening. Though I am expecting three points from the Galaxy.

More importantly I am curious to see who will score for LA other than Landon Donovan. I keep saying a lot of how badly LA needs a legitimate scoring threat to compliment Donovan. Nate Jaqua as we know hasn’t been the answer. I also think Frank Yallop is going to be on the hot seat if there isn’t three points by the end of the contest coming his club’s way.

LA should win, but again, the pesky Goats could pull in a draw.

WVH Prediction: LA Galaxy 3, Chivas USA 2

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas: Most people either love or hate how the Hoops are playing this year. Its hot and cold, hit or miss. Well same sort of goes for RSL. A lot more on the miss though. I do like where the club is going now with Jason Kries. More creative and more dangerous really.

Most people forget that RSL is now the only club in the league to not have won a game this season. Yeah, their four points were from draws! The hardest I still believe was the season opening draw to this Dallas club. Giving up a late goal in the opening game was a sign of things to come in Salt Lake City.

Dallas played well enough to win last night. I think they have enough gas in the tank to do it again. Their record of Thursday to Sunday games this season isn’t too great but I think they should be able to get a solid result out of this.

RSL needs to find Jeff Cunningham the ball. He has three goals this season and two of them came against Dallas.

Keep an eye out for Freddy Adu on the wing. Very dangerous out there and I wonder if Dallas can keep up with him out there. Also, I wonder if Carlos Ruiz is going to be back in the lineup. We saw that he wasn’t a 100% last night. And in all reality he wasn’t looking well. Wynalda touched on the fact that he didn’t look like a happy person but so is life sometimes. I hope he is fit enough to play Sunday and will play. Carlos needs to play just as much as Dallas needs Carlos to play. Abe Thompson has been a short term solution to fill the whole for Carlos but again, the Hoops need Carlos in the lineup.

Take Dallas but again like in other games, don’t be shocked if it turns into a draw.

WVH Prediction: FC Dallas 2, RSL 1

Again, a lot will be told about these clubs after this weekend and into the next game for some clubs. Then again, they all could go completely different from how we all think they will and continue to confuse us all with their parity.