MLS Weekend Preview: Week 12

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 12

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 5, 2009
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  • 2009 Week 12, Brian McBride, Conor Casey, Dwayne De Rosario, Kenny Cooper, Omar Cummings, Robbie Findley, Sacha Kljestan, Taylor Twellman, Weekend Previews

I know this week has been pretty light from me. Blame the main job that pays the bills for keeping me away from the laptop more than usual. I do hope to have a couple other posts up today though with this being a fairly big weekend for both MLS and US national team. Plus I may have a follow up to an article I read earlier today about current MLS guys that would be a good fit in Europe right now.

Seven games spread out on three days this weekend with one tonight, four tomorrow and two on Sunday. Not to mention the all important US game tomorrow in Chicago as well.

Friday

Houston Dynamo – at – Chicago Fire:

Too bad we won’t see the true clash of the titans with these two meeting tonight. So many international callups will make this game a little less interesting than it really should be. Chicago will be missing a bulk of their starting lineup though which makes me worried for their chances after seeing how a slightly reserve side from this bunch did a week ago against one of the worst clubs in the league at home. Brian McBride needs to be involved in the attack early for the Fire or you can bet Houston will control this game through their backline. It sounds like a road win for Houston but I am giving Chicago the benefit of the doubt from their last game. A draw sounds good with one from each here.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Houston 1

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Saturday

LA Galaxy – at – Toronto FC:

Honestly TFC needs this game badly. Losing the way they did a week ago, followed by the embarassment in Vancouver earlier this week and this club had hit the bottom of the rollar coaster that is their season yet again. This could be a good time for them to play the Galaxy though even without Amado Guevara in the lineup (WCQ callup). LA won’t have Landon Donovan to carry this club on the road and we know what a road club they are without him. TFC should respond in this one and get three points behind Dwayne De Rosario.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, LA 0

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Columbus Crew -  at – Kansas City Wizards:

This one really could go either way. I think the Crew have turned a corner after their slow start but the thing is they are still ravaged with injuries here. KC on the other hand is fairly healthy and at home but the thing is they’ve been a bit inconsistent lately no matter where they play. We hate calling more draws here this season but I see it continue in this one. I still feel like KC is missing a big time piece that would make them a true contender here.

WVH Prediction: KC 1, Columbus 1

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Colorado Rapids – at – Real Salt Lake:

You wanna know who is loving Bob Bradley right now? Jason Kreis and RSL. Why you may ask, it’s simple Conor Casey won’t be involved in this game due to his late callup yesterday with the national team for this weekend’s game in Chicago. No Casey could mean a big break for a struggling RSL side. Still RSL will be without some key elements in their midfield. In the end it will come down to who’s speed wins over, Robbie Findley for RSL or Omar Cummings for Colorado. I wanna go with RSL at home but my gut is telling me a draw sounds more likely.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Colorado 2

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Seattle Sounders FC – at – Chivas USA:

Expect this game to be wide open in the middle of the park. Both clubs are missing big time players in the midfield (Jesse Marsch, Chivas; Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle). Without those key players this game could be played more on the wings. If that is the case I might side a bit more with the visistors since Chivas will also be missing Sacha Kljestan and Jonathan Bornstein in this one. I think this may be an upset of some sorts here with another Chivas loss at home with Seattle surprising us by stealing three points. Even though both are missing plenty of starters I just think Chivas is missing a bigger chunk here. Though Preki has found ways around that already this season.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Chivas 1

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Sunday

San Jose Earthquakes – at – FC Dallas:

A game I should be at sees two of the worst sides in the league right now square off. Even though the Quakes really looked better last week they will be gutted by suspensions and call ups this week. Dallas will also be missing their coach to a suspension but I doubt that will make a big difference. I think this Red Stripes squad may have found a bit of a groove after last week’s win in Chicago. If they build on that I don’t see any reason why they can’t make it two in a row here. Kenny Cooper has to be the reason for that as he hasn’t carried this club nearly the same way he did a season ago.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, SJ 1

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New York Red Bulls – at – New England Revolution:

Two road games in one week usually smell trouble, especially if your club is missing plenty of players to call ups. Doubt the fact that New York typically doesn’t play well in New England to begin with (four wins all-time out of 23 games). And I guess to add another point that New England is actually starting to play some good soccer these days. I honestly don’t like New York’s chances Sunday after seeing them play last night. The Revs should take the three points thanks to a goal from Taylor Twellman.

WVH Prediction: New England 1, New York 0

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