MLS Weekend Preview

MLS Weekend Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 13, 2007
  • 8 Comments

As the weekend is upon us, I doubt anyone around the MLS will actually notice games going on with the arrival of David Beckham. Yes, there are games this weekend, five to be exact for those who do care. Amazingly the Galaxy don’t have a game in the league for a little while…I actually think I remember seeing their next league game in August. Sad really but that is just how the cookie is crumbling for them this season.

Having said that we have already seen one game in this week; yet another 4-0 blowout by Houston. I should have known they would make it three in a row on Thursday night by that scoreline. Just scary how good they are playing right now.

This weekend’s action should be interesting enough to watch though. Four games on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Saturday’s action:

FC Dallas at DC United: You know, Dallas only has four more road games after this one and we aren’t even into August yet. Another scheduling mystery really if you ask me. Nonetheless, the Hoops travel to the Nation’s capital to face the Black-and-Red.

This should be the highlight of the Saturday games. However, both are coming in on a loss. Dallas dropped a friendly against Mexican partner Tigres and DC lost in the US Open Cup to USL-2 “giant” Richmond. I felt weird typing that about DC, I really did. But both games saw a lot of second teamers for both clubs so we can’t expect a drop in play by the main guys can we? No sadly enough, DC did not put emphasis on the US Open Cup again and now see themselves out of it.

But enough of friendlies and cups, you should see some freshness to this game for Dallas as Adrian Serioux looks to make his debut with the Hoops against DC this weekend. Serioux came to Dallas as some damaged goods in the off season with some bum knees but things seem to be patched up and well now and it should help the Dallas defense. A defense that will be tested greatly by one of the league’s better offenses thanks to the likes of Luciano Emilio.

I think this game will come down to who has the more gas in the tank. DC should have more as Dallas has been over played in the last week by friendlies and the US Open Cup…even if they did use a lot of different lineups and second teamers. Games ware on everyone from my recollection.

DC’s main group should be up to the task and should get three points in this home game. Though Dallas is a good road side this year and could sneak away with a point. But with only two draws I won’t rest my case on giving Dallas a benefit and call this one a draw. DC should and probably will win this one. It would be a different story if it weren’t in DC though.

WVH Prediction: DC 2, Dallas 1

New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls: Very interesting eastern match we have here on our hands this weekend. Both are strong east contenders but both have been a bit weird as of late in the play. Both have question marks going into the All-Star break. But both will want three points as well in hopes to have a share or full control of the east going into the All-Star break.

Oddly enough this is the first meeting between the two clubs this season. New England pretty much dominated the series last year and I think can do it again this year. I think we will see some goals in this one tomorrow as well. Both team’s defenses have been a little bit on the fritz as of late, more New York’s than New England’s.

New England has to find a way to get Taylor Twellman back and in gear in this game in order to walk with three points. If they do, which I think they should be able to, it will be a long night for the Red Bulls. I haven’t liked a lot from what I have seen out of New York in recent weeks and I think New England should be able to expose it. Not to mention I have to believe there are a couple Revs that have a little anger to get out for being snubbed from the All-Star game (Twellman and Ralston).

I pretty much think this should be a win for the Revs but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a draw.

WVH Prediction: New England 2, New York 1

Real Salt Lake at Kansas City Wizards: Both clubs need three points and both clubs probably will leave with one point. I think this is a game for KC to get back on the path that some believed them to be on earlier this season when Eddie Johnson was scoring some goals (not the two hat trick games…the games well before that).

Some will say that Real doesn’t stand a chance in this game because of the offensive attack that KC has, but I see otherwise. I think Real does stand a chance because of how overrated the KC attack really is. And I really don’t believe that RSL has to stop Eddie Johnson from being the guy that had back-to-back hat tricks a while back. That is just how I see things in this one.

Could Eddie Johnson be on the way out as well? The Wizards haven’t won since the last time he was in the lineup back on June 2. Tomorrow should be the game that breaks that mold. Should.

But I think even with all the international call-ups and suspensions that RSL is facing right now that they will use the “us against the world” kind of attitude to their advantage and at least salvage a point on the road tomorrow. Yeah, I know I am going crazy on this one…seriously…I know.

WVH Prediction: RSL 1, KC 1

Columbus Crew at Chivas USA: Chivas is the league’s best home team and Columbus is one of the league’s hottest teams. So what gives? I think the home team is what gives. I believe the Goats have every right to win this game even though I think at the present time Columbus is the better club that time and time again has proven me wrong.

Well to the Crew I say, prove me wrong again and beat the team that hasn’t been able to lose at home this season. Last time these clubs met it was a 1-1 draw back on May 12. In a way I kind of see that shaping up yet again. I don’t give the Crew the win but I don’t give the Goats the loss.

It’s really the only thing that makes sense for me this weekend. Truly, I see Columbus at Chivas and I instantly think a 1-1 draw…so…

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Chivas 1

Toronto FC at Houston Dynamo: Sunday’s game should be worth watching. Toronto won out the last time these two clubs faced off north of the border at BMO Field. It was a solid game that Houston actually should have won but that was a different time it seems in the season that the Dynamo are having.

Houston hasn’t been scored on in far too many games now and I see that coming to an end. Yeah, I think this is a perfect game for the Dynamo to drop. Why? Because it is right before the All-Star break and they have done nothing but played perfectly over the last nine games or so. To me it makes sense that the Dynamo would slip up and drop this game before the break and before SuperLiga. Its honestly probably a bit wise at this point to lose a point so they don’t peak at the wrong time in the season.

Plus, I think Toronto has been played a lot better on the road these days. They are a fiery club that plays with a lot of swagger as of late.

I am definitely going out on a limb but that only makes this more fun I think. People will probably blast me for it but I can only hope to sit back and say that I told you so.

WVH Prediction: TFC 2, Houston 1

  • tex

    This can and very likely will be the week you get none right. Your picks are based on a hunch rather than facts.

  • D

    Not that I really want to correct this, but DC lost to Harrisburg, not Richmond.

  • tex

    This can and very likely will be the week you get none right. Your picks are based on a hunch rather than facts.

  • D

    Not that I really want to correct this, but DC lost to Harrisburg, not Richmond.

  • drew.epperley

    Harrisburg…Richmond…not a big difference I guess…sorry<br />
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    And as for these being hunch picks rather than on facts, I am fine with that. It wouldn't be the first time I got a week's worth of picks wrong.

  • drew.epperley

    Harrisburg…Richmond…not a big difference I guess…sorry

    And as for these being hunch picks rather than on facts, I am fine with that. It wouldn’t be the first time I got a week’s worth of picks wrong.

  • Still Kicking

    Wow. I am a TFC nut and I am dreaming of a tie as our target. Hope you are correct on this one. Nothing would make me happier, but nothing would surprise me more…although Toronto has had a week off and there has been no trades and no signs of turmoil.

  • Wow. I am a TFC nut and I am dreaming of a tie as our target. Hope you are correct on this one. Nothing would make me happier, but nothing would surprise me more…although Toronto has had a week off and there has been no trades and no signs of turmoil.