- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 22, 2009
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- 2009 Week 10, Brian Ching, Claudio Lopez, Dave van den Burgh, Jeff Larentowicz, John Wolyneic, Robbie Findley, Steve Zakuani, Weekend Previews
Can someone get a W this weekend?
That may be the bigger question going around the league right now. Can teams find a winning way and not a tying way? Some clubs more than others need a win this weekend in a big way to not only get back on track but to also get back in the thick of things in terms of playoff picture here.
We stay with the usual schedule set-up here, six games on Saturday and one loner on Sunday. Only the Crew have the weekend off as they try to get healthy here. Everyone else is in action this weekend.
Since I am a little pressed for time this week’s previews will but cut a bit short with just the quick thoughts on the match. I wish I had more time to do a longer preview but as I mentioned the other day I am in the middle of buying a house right now so a lot of my free time is being put into that. Hopefully that will get resolved very soon.
As always feel free to post your score predictions below.
New England Revolution – at- Toronto FC:
This is one of those games that I am very curious about this weekend. New England needs to get on some sort of roll here as their only wins have come against the two worst clubs in the league. And Toronto has to step it up again here at home. Last week against Chicago the Fire really put it to TFC and the Reds just had a terrible time finishing in their offensive third of the field. New England has been hit by injuries but with young rookies like Darrius Barnes and Kevin Alston stepping up they could make it a long afternoon for the likes of Pablo Vitti and Chad Barrett, who both are having a time finding the back of the net. But scoring is largely based on confidence and I question whether or not Toronto can put up two against New England. One maybe but I just don’t know about two at this point. It smells like a draw to me.
Player to keep an eye out for: New England’s Jeff Larentowicz, he’s the glue that will keep this one close for the visitors.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, NE 1
Real Salt Lake – at – DC United
A lot of questions surround RSL right now. Can they score on the road may be the biggest one right now, and not the question of if they can win on the road. For some reason their offense doesn’t click when they are away from home and lately it hasn’t even been clicking at home. DC does have a defense that leaks in it’s fair share of goals but what’s unlucky for RSL is DC is the one club that is dangerous late. RSL will battle in this one but I see DC using the template that Kansas City had a week ago at Rio Tinto Stadium. Use some pace behind guys like Chris Pontius and runs out of the back from Rondey Wallace to expose this defense. Don’t forget that RSL will be starting an unproven keeper on the road, never a good thing.
Player to keep an eye on: If RSL is going to get an sort of offense they need a step up from Robbie Findley. If he scores they having a fighting chance.
WVH Prediction: DC 3, RSL 1
San Jose Earthquakes – at – Houston Dynamo:
Houston can sometimes be overconfident about their play as we saw last week in New York. Thing is San Jose has given us little reason to believe in them here this season. Yes I know it was the Quakes that put up three against Houston back in March but Houston has been dominant in the back lately. I see the Dynamo using the 3-2 loss from earlier in the year to spark a nice win on Saturday. I fully expect the Dynamo backline to hold tight and not allow the free runs on the wings like they did in March.
Player to keep an eye on: Brian Ching was not apart of the 3-2 match back in March, expect him to play a big role for Houston in this one.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, San Jose 0
LA Galaxy – at – FC Dallas:
Bruce Arena has gotten this club slightly to a new level of play this season. They are better defensively and not all that horrible offensively. Thing is they just aren’t that good overall yet. Dallas on the flip side should win this one at home, they totally should but they won’t because the are lacking a lot of things like intensity and desire here this season. We won’t see any blowouts like last year either. A draw for each sounds the most likely here.
Player to keep an eye on: I think if Dallas is to win this one they need a big game out of Dave van den Burgh. He was a big reason to why New York saw success late in the year last season and I think he’s a guy that really needs to step things up here.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, LA 1
Chivas USA – at – Kansas City Wizards:
In a way I kind of feel KC could get the win here but their home field plays better for Chivas than it will for them. Chivas plays so tight in the middle in a way that should see them control the pace of the game. KC does make good runs but they still have those mental lapses that Chivas is very good at cashing in on. I may be one of the few on this one but I am just feeling an upset (mainly because the other prediction is a draw and we already have too many of those this season). Chivas hasn’t picked up points in KC and I see that trend continuing here this season.
Player to keep an eye on: KC needs a big game out of former DP Claudio Lopez. His creative play in the attack needs to happen early and often for the Wizards to pull this one out.
WVH Prediction: KC 2, Chivas 1
Seattle Sounders FC – at – Colorado Rapids:
This one honestly has game of the week material written all over it. Both clubs certainly should have picked up three points last week but Seattle couldn’t finish and Colorado didn’t make the most of their chances. Seattle has some question in the middle of the pitch but will be getting some key defenders back in play which they will need against the likes of Conor Casey and company. I see this one being close but in the end a bit too close. If Colorado can work some open space in the midfield they could see some quality attack but I just like Seattle’s defense a little better to close the space down in the final third of the field.
Player to keep an eye on: Rookie of the year candidate Steve Zakuani could see plenty of open field on the right side of the pitch. As long as Seattle plays through him wisely on the wings they could find ways around the Colorado defense with his speed.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Seattle 1
Chicago Fire – at – New York Red Bulls:
It’s kind of doubtful to see Chicago lose it’s undefeated mark this weekend against New York after the way they played on the road (and of turf) in Toronto a week ago. New York got a nice late draw against the Dynamo last week but really have not made a positive impact on their current four-game homestand. New York will have a kick in their step though after their horrible loss to DC in the Open Cup this week. A lot of starters rested in that one but Chicago is still the deeper club of the two. For me this one comes down to defense and Chicago still exceeds New York in that department.
Player to keep an eye on: John Wolyneic was the spark for New York a week ago but he needs more minutes to do it again this weekend.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, New York 1