MLS Weekend Preview

MLS Weekend Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 27, 2007

Only a trio of games this weekend to mention in the MLS, while a four teams battle in SuperLiga. So far the MLS is fairing alright with two wins and two draws. So in all we do have seven games to talk about here. I failed to get the Wednesday night SuperLiga games preview out in time, I had a very busy and crazy day here on Wednesday as most people did in the Dallas area (yes, I am currently in Dallas if you didn’t catch that).

Anyways, MLS games first then SuperLiga.

New England Revolution at Real Salt Lake: I honestly want to say this could be a bit of a trap game for the Revs. We saw how some teams have faired this season going on the road to face Salt Lake, most of the time it has been at least a draw but there has been a time that an eastern side went in and lost. Question is which fate the Revs will endure on Saturday night.

RSL is still waiting on some big time signings but until then their midfield is still in shambles, which means their offense isn’t good enough to hang with a club like New England and their defense is still rather pathetic, which also means they won’t be able to hang with a club like New England.

This should be a game that Taylor Twellman turns up the heat on the scoring case for the season. We saw last weekend against Houston how dangerous Twellman really is, and same goes to Andy Dorman. I really feel New England just has too many weapons to deal with right now and Real just doesn’t have enough to cut it.

Real has played well against teams that aren’t in the MLS as of late. Tying Boca Juniors and beating Everton. Still, the fact remains those clubs are in pre-season mode and New England is not.

WVH Prediction: New England 3, Real Salt Lake 1

Chicago Fire at Toronto FC: This is the match-up that started the long downfall of the Fire back in May, a 3-1 loss in Toronto, giving the Reds their first club victory (and goal). Chicago hopes for something different has they have gone out and improved their attacking game with Blanco and newly acquired Wanchope (who I doubt will debut on Sunday but you never know). Adding to the attack only improves the Fire’s slim chances at reaching the playoffs and Toronto is their first step.

We now get to see exactly how good Blanco is against in-season players that the MLS will have. He looked good in his club debut against Celtic but I can honestly say things will be different in Toronto. The Reds are returning home for the first time in a long while, six games to be exact and you better believe they and their fans are hungry for three points.

This game in my head is honestly shaping up to be a draw and not three points for either side. I think Chicago will be up because of Blanco, even though I still do not understand why on Earth they did not improve that horrible defense of theirs that is the worst in the league. And I think Toronto will be up giving the reason I already stated earlier.

Its a safe prediction but probably a more accurate one.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, Toronto 2

Chivas USA at Kansas City Wizards: Chivas finally get the monkey off their back on the road as of last night thanks to a nice 2-0 win over the Red Bulls in New York. I said this two game road trip would either make or break the Goats and so far it is making them. A win over KC and they move into second in the west with Dallas. A loss keeps them in the playoffs though but doesn’t sound nearly as good.

KC is playing well and you better believe they will be a bit pissed from last week’s result, where the refs were terrible and were blowing calls left and right according to KC’s coach. After watching some of the game, I can’t do anything more than agree with him on that. I believe the Wizards will want to go out and prove that draw was a fluke last week and beat Chivas.

After last night I am not sure what kind of game this will be. A back and forth one I do know that. Eddie Johnson needs a running mate like Ante Razov and Maykel Galindo have for Chivas. Johnson is quickly going to realize if he hasn’t already, how much it pays to have another good scorer up top with you. Johnson is a one man show for the Wizards right now and that will only take them so far and not as far as they would like really.

This one smells like another draw really. Some goals will be scored but a draw only seems logical right now with these two teams current form.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, KC 1

SuperLiga games:

CF Pachuca at FC Dallas: Pachuca wasn’t the Mexican giants that we expected earlier in the week against LA, dropping that game 2-1. Dallas had a rough time with Chivas as well. Both teams need points and its a wonder who can get them after the last results. I think Dallas can pull this one out though even with the loss of Drew Moor in the back. I, like most Hoops fans are waiting on the signing of Denilson too right now.
WVH Prediction: FC Dallas 2, Pachuca 1

Chivas at LA Galaxy: This game looks interesting to me. Its a game I think that Chivas can win even though LA knocked off Pachuca thanks to a nice performance from Landon Donovan (way to step up LandyCakes). These games continue to be low scoring and I think this one will be no different.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, LA Galaxy 0

Club America at DC United: DC drew their first game while CA lost in Houston. DC showed they can score but also showed that they couldn’t hold on to a lead. Club America did not look that good at all against Houston. I think DC will find a weakness with Club America and get the all important three points.

WVH Prediction: DC United 2, Club America 1

Monarcas Morelia at Houston Dynamo: Monarcas got the late goal against DC on Wednesday and Houston blanked Club America. I honestly like the Dynamo’s chances again in this one. Houston should get the win and have the chance to lock up the group and advance to the next round.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Monarcas 0