MLS Weekend Preview

MLS Weekend Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 10, 2007

Another weekend of travel for this guy but it doesn’t keep me from dishing out a preview for the weekend’s games. Four games on tap, two each day, so plenty of action to see really. I don’t know exactly how much of it all I will see because I am in a wedding tomorrow.

But anyways, on to the previews, some may be brief as I am on a time crunch.

Columbus Crew at FC Dallas: Very interesting matchup here. Columbus is one of the better clubs going these days, very tough no matter where they play. Dallas is one of the top clubs in the league and they hope to get a grip on the top of the table in the west and in the entire MLS this weekend if they can. Dallas is coming off a nice US Open Cup win on Tuesday, it will be interesting to see how healthy the Hoops are. Columbus are off a draw in Chicago last weekend, very good draw I might add because Chicago is going to be a very tough place to play anymore I think.

As for this game, it all comes down to the health of most of the Hoops: Carlos Ruiz, Juan Toja, Dario Sala. It looks more and more like Sala and Toja will be out for this one, meaning the Hoops will have to get their midfield inline and together more without the ranging hair of Toja out there.

I like a draw in this one. Columbus doesn’t have the offense to beat even a not so good Dallas defense. And Dallas may not have enough offense to beat Columbus’ defense.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Dallas 1

Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids: Fernando Clavijo is still the Rapids coach after that horrible US Open Cup match in Seattle? Wow. Don’t expect any different against the Dynamo, who are coming off a bad loss in Salt Lake last weekend. I expect guys like Brain Ching to bring their A game this weekend and pound the Rapids. WVH Prediction: Houston 3, Colorado 0

Toronto FC at Red Bull New York: Bruce and the gang have had some time off to get healthy for one and to get (hopefully) back in line with how they were playing to start the season. Whatever funk they are in has to go soon and Toronto is the best team to take it out on I think. The Reds will be missing way too many key players for this one and I don’t expect them to handle the Red Bulls quite like they handled the Galaxy in the draw last Sunday. Looks for Juan Pablo Angel to have a nice day and get back in the goal scoring column. WVH Prediction: New York 2, Toronto 0

LA Galaxy at New England Revolution: Hey Beckham finally played last night and it didn’t matter one bit. I don’t expect him to play all that much against New England on Sunday either really. I do love his heart and determination though, you could really see how angry he was getting on the bench last night against DC. Good reason to as well, his club is just plain horrible these days really. Sure, they held DC to one goal but they hardly put any offense of their own together. Donovan has to shoot more but then again the midfield needs to possess the ball more. Look for New England to eat up the Galaxy midfield, with or without Beckham. The Revs are too strong in the middle of the park and will be able to do what Toronto and DC have done before them, control the Galaxy. WVH Prediction: New England 2, LA 0