MLS Weekend Preview

MLS Weekend Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 24, 2007
  • 2 Comments

Some of these are going to be kept short because of lack of time right now. I will try to post more during the day if I can and if there is anything worth mentioning. But on to another big weekend in the MLS. Six games to talk about here, all with meaning going into the playoff hunt. Dallas is the lone club off this week, but that hasn’t kept them out of the headlines after yesterday’s Denilson signing, he will be presented today by the club.

New York Red Bull at New England Revolution: New York didn’t look their best on Wednesday night and DC made them pay for it. New England has just been New England over the past few weeks, doing enough and sometimes more to hold on to the top spot in the league. New York needs to bounce back in this one but the way their defense played on Wednesday I just don’t think it will be any different tomorrow against the Revs. Taylor Twellman should have a goal tomorrow to keep his chances alive in the Golden Boot standings. WVH Prediction: New England 2, New York 1

DC United at Toronto FC: Toronto has been horrible and much like an expansion squad as of late. No more Ronnie O’Brien and Jeff Cunningham this year for the Reds, so you pretty much can kiss a decent bit of scoring goodbye. DC is playing well however these days but going on the road does worry me for them. They did sneak out of Toronto earlier this season with three points and should be able to do so once again. Though don’t be too shocked if Toronto manages a draw in this one, even with their current woes. Emilio continues his scoring; remember last year’s leader Jeff Cunningham ended the season with 16 goals, Emilio is only two away from that with plenty of games left. Is 20 goals really out there this season for Emilio? I think so. WVH Prediction: DC 2, Toronto 0

Kansas City Wizards at Chicago Fire: The rubber match in this final game of the season between these two squads. Both have won on their home turf so far and we return to the Windy City for the second leg of this week’s home-and-home. Chicago should be able to bounce back in this one at home. They had some unlucky calls go against them on Wednesday and that should be enough to motivate them in this one. Also, I wonder where Eddie Johnson has gone lately. Sure he had some parts in the goals scored on Wednesday but he never once looked like he was going to score himself. He has a lot of goals this season but he is no MVP candidate in my mind at this point. Again, Fire should bounce back and win this one and move into the playoff fold. WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, Kansas City 1

Columbus Crew at Houston Dynamo: Columbus is holding on for dear life in the playoff picture right now. Any points will be needed in this one, but three full points would do the most help. Columbus has to find a way to do something that so few this season have done, score on Houston at Robertson Stadium. Only four goals given up at home this season by the Dynamo is pretty impressive. I think Columbus better be hoping for a 0-0 draw if they really can get points. I don’t see it that way though, Houston played impressive last week against a club that desperately wanted a win in Robertson Stadium (Dallas), and they should be able to repeat that success tomorrow night. WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Columbus 0

LA Galaxy at Colorado Rapids: Two bottom clubs, both looking for points. Colorado could really use three points to actually put them into the playoff picture. Weird to even think that at this point in the season but it is true. LA on the other hand really, in all honesty, need to not play Beckham. It was almost useless last night other than a couple good kicks. You could tell me was tired and was ineffective really. Maybe play him a half or bring him on as a late sub for the crowd in Colorado but don’t play him a full 90 again this week. I think Colorado should be able to win this one fairly easily. A big field in Colorado smells trouble for LA in my mind. Plus I have yet to really see Landon Donovan show up really this year, sure he played well in New York but everyone (except the defenses) played well in New York last week. WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, LA 0

Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA: Nice beating the Goats gave LA last night. Maykel Galindo upped his goal tally to 10 and both were sweet goals really. I really liked the little touch he put on the second one. Anyways, the Goats have another home game to gain on Houston and Dallas and with RSL coming into town it looks like they can say hello to another three points in the standings. Even with Salt Lake’s recent signings of three Argentina players, I doubt it will do any good at this point. Also, Chivas is just a beast at home this season and RSL isn’t at all good on the road. WVH Prediction: Chivas 4, RSL 1

  • iammrben

    Been following your blog for quite some time and it is definitely among my favorites. Keep up the great work! Just one little note about DC-TFC: Emilio might be out, according to Goff, due to a strained hamstring he picked up during the RBNY match.

  • iammrben

    Been following your blog for quite some time and it is definitely among my favorites. Keep up the great work! Just one little note about DC-TFC: Emilio might be out, according to Goff, due to a strained hamstring he picked up during the RBNY match.