MLS Weekend Preview

MLS Weekend Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 25, 2007
  • 2 Comments

Loads of action this weekend. I am excited since basically every game will be either online or on a channel I can actually watch. Though I doubt I will get time to see them all its nice knowing that. Every team is in action by the Red Bulls who were in action last night.

Very entertaining game last night between Chicago and New York. Okay, mostly it was the goals by New York but still at times Chicago pushed and made it interesting.

Again, on Chicago, its a “hate to say I told ya so” kind of moment for me with the way the Fire have been playing. I said in my season previews that they didn’t have the defense to keep up with teams nor did they have nearly enough offensive power to beat teams or even stay even with them. New York showed their class last night and proved just how bad things for with the Fire. Sure, some unlucky breaks are going the Fire’s way but they just have no collective-ness right now on the field.

The New York crowd was no where to be seen. A little over 9k is horrible. Just horrible. I harped on KC earlier this season but its sad seeing one of the league’s best team have one of the worst attendance records. Just shows that New York is one of the worst “fair-weather” sports markets in the country.

Anyways, enough on last night. I was almost right with the score line. 3-0 was the final result…I said 3-1. Oh well. Juan Pablo Angel probably just claimed his second player of the week award and probably player of the month. I figure he will be my player of the month when I do my monthly reviews next week.

On to the games this weekend…

Saturday’s games:

Kansas City Wizards at New England Revolution: Again, I am not high on the Wizards but a good result here will surely change a bunch of people’s mind about them. I don’t think they have enough to keep up with the Revs in this game. Sure the Wizards have only one loss but they haven’t played very well lately and New England has.

KC needs Eddie Johnson to be the Eddie Johnson that won the player of the month award in April. I don’t see it happening against a good defense like New England.

Taylor Twellman will prove to be the difference maker in this one I feel. After last weeks horrible game (that they still won) in Houston, look for New England to play much better at home.

WVH Prediction: New England 2, Kansas City 1

Toronto FC at Columbus Crew: The Crew need to find themselves or else they will be staring at the bottom of the east yet again. Toronto will be a hot pick for this game and rightfully so, they really deserved at least a draw against DC last weekend and I think adding former Crew forward Jeff Cunningham to the mix will prove to be the difference.

Cunningham needs to get off to a hot start or it won’t be a good fit. Columbus’s defense looked horrible last weekend and it could show up again in this one even though it is a home match.

I will play it safe and go with a draw but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Toronto pulled this one out. They have the talent and probably a little more hunger at this point than the Crew do.

WVH Prediction: TFC 1, Columbus 1

Houston Dynamo at DC United: This should surely be the contest of the weekend. Should. I think DC is starting to really find their form and we should see this since they are home tomorrow. I like Houston but the bad luck is really hurting them right now. They outplayed their last two opponents yet still lost 1-0.

Brian Ching and Dewayne De Rosario need to connect and get going in this game. They had plenty of chances in the New England game but let’s face it, Matt Reis was huge in that game for the Revs. DC’s backline could give up some open play but I highly doubt it.

I think a low scoring game will happen. Remember Houston still does have one of the better defenses in the league but as right right now they have one of the worst offenses. People are quick to point out that Columbus can’t score but Houston has scored just as many as the Crew has this season. Not good folks…not good. If they can’t find the back of the net then expect DC to walk with three points. Houston may be staring at the bottom of the west with RSL if they aren’t too careful here.

WVH Prediction: DC 2, Houston 1

LA Galaxy at Colorado Rapids: I am going to say it, Landon Donovan has to score and carry this team in order for the Galaxy to even have a shot at winning this game. I know, its quite obvious here with the Galaxy but I just don’t like how things are going for the Galaxy. More so after not picking up three points last weekend against Chivas.

Colorado has looked so-so lately. Sadly enough they haven’t won at home since the home opener to kick off the season. LA didn’t beat Colorado at all last year, losing three 1-0 games and gaining a 0-0 tie at the end of the season. In other words, they haven’t scored on Colorado in a long time.

The Galaxy stink on the road as well. They haven’t won in Colorado since 2002. I honestly don’t see them picking up the win here though it would be mighty huge if they did. Other than Landon the Galaxy lack a top scorer. Colorado has enough up top to beat former Rapid Joe Cannon.

I see Herculez Gomez making his mark against his former club.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, LA 0

FC Dallas at Chivas USA: Very interesting game here. I think Chivas is starting to turn and look up here with their form. Getting a draw against the Galaxy was a big thing but they will be hosting a team that has no fear on the road. Dallas had three wins on the road and one at the Toolbox this season.

Steve Morrow has the Hoops clicking just right at this time. Chivas hasn’t won in their last four, despite tying their last two.

I think it all comes down to who’s defense stands up a little more than the other’s. I think Dallas, with the way the midfield has been playing recently and with their confidence in any situation of the game, you have to take the Hoops here.

I do expect a decent amount of goals in this one. I would go on the logic of the results from last season but both clubs are completely different so it wouldn’t make much sense there.

Go with the Hoops to be safe…but another Chivas draw wouldn’t be overly shocking either.

WVH Prediction: FCD 3, Chivas 2

Sunday’s game:

Real Salt Lake at Chicago Fire: Okay, RSL still hasn’t won a game. And Chicago hasn’t won in their last four now. Something has to give. I think for the Fire they need this game a little bit more than RSL. Or maybe I should say they should want this game a little more. Its a tough call really.

In my mind for the Fire it all comes down to if Chris Rolfe plays or not. I think RSL can stay with the Fire if Rolfe is not in the game. They shipped off some “dead” weight to Toronto in Cunningham this week and that will change how this club looks on the field. We got a look at that last weekend in Dallas when Cunningham was subbed out. Folks, RSL looked like a better club without him on the field, so I am expecting the same on Sunday.

I really don’t know who’s moral is lower right now. I think Chicago may be at that lower point.

I am going with a draw here. Its just hard to read at this point who really needs it more.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Chicago 2

  • Mr. Fish

    No, New York is not a fair-weather sports town. If it was a fair-weather sports town, there'd have been a crowd last night.<br />
    <br />
    Red Bull has (incorrectly, in my opinion) decided not to do ANY mainstream marketing this season. As a result, the team is invisible in the media market. Local radio stations do not report the team's scores. Neither do TV stations, save local cable channel MSG, which carries the games. Local newspapers pick up wire reports rather than send reporters.<br />
    <br />
    11 years of crap soccer will turn off any fan base. Playing in a mausoleum doesn't help. The team is invisible… and fans are not coming.

  • No, New York is not a fair-weather sports town. If it was a fair-weather sports town, there’d have been a crowd last night.

    Red Bull has (incorrectly, in my opinion) decided not to do ANY mainstream marketing this season. As a result, the team is invisible in the media market. Local radio stations do not report the team’s scores. Neither do TV stations, save local cable channel MSG, which carries the games. Local newspapers pick up wire reports rather than send reporters.

    11 years of crap soccer will turn off any fan base. Playing in a mausoleum doesn’t help. The team is invisible… and fans are not coming.