MLS Weekend Preview: Week 14

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 14

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 19, 2009
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  • 2009 SuperLiga, 2009 Week 14, Brad Davis, Danny Cepero, Darren Huckerby, Freddie Ljungberg, Fredy Montero, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Javier Morales, Nate Jaqua, Pat Noonan, Stuart Holden, Weekend Previews

This week has already been interesting and we’ve only seen one MLS game. The DC-Seattle game on Wednesday should have been a marquee thing but as we all saw ESPN and the family of networks dropped the ball a bit on getting the MLS game shipped over to another channel to make us MLS folks happy until the college world series game was over on the deuce.

Yes it was unfortunate but there was some good out of it. SoccerAmeria just posted a great article on the 80 seconds of silence that Glenn Davis and Kyle Martino did at the start of the broadcast when the game was finally shown on ESPN2. Looking back on the tape of that game I saw and heard those 80 seconds. Boy it was pretty neat to say the least.

Aside from the ESPN fail on Wednesday this week and weekend are pretty big. We’ve already seen Toronto FC blow away Montreal last night in the final game of the Canadian Cup to advance to this year’s edition of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament. MLS will now field five teams with Toronto now to take on Puerto Rico in the preliminary rounds with a chance to be grouped in with the Columbus Crew.

We also have another competition starting up for a few clubs this weekend as well. The 2009 edition of SuperLiga comes at a good time for teams like Chivas USA and Chicago Fire. Both clubs play on Saturday in their opening matches of the tournament. Kansas City and New England will see their first games on Sunday. All SuperLiga matches can be seen live on the SuperLiga website.

But let’s get down to business as far as the MLS weekend slate goes. Plenty of decent games on the menu for us including one that I am very interested in out in Colorado between the Rapids and DC United.

As always feel free to leave your score predictions below.

Saturday:

LA Galaxy – at – San Jose Earthquakes:

Oddly enough we get another game on ESPN2 this weekend with the Galaxy and Quakes. While it won’t be nearly as good as it could be it should still be a decent western conference showdown between these two old California rivals. LA looked listless last week against RSL at home and now without a key leader in the midfield in Eddie Lewis (suspension). Not to mention the loss of Landon Donovan to the Confederation Cup with the US national team.

I think LA can shut down San Jose a little bit but with Darren Huckerby back and healthy right now I just don’t see LA shutting him out for the entire match. Huckerby has looked very good since his return and I think he will help lead the Quakes out of the cellar here with a win over their rivals.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, LA 1

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Seattle Sounders FC – at – New York Red Bulls:

I won’t lie, after Wednesday’s performance against DC and now having to travel across the country to face New York I do worry about this Sounder side. Thing is they are facing the league’s worst club in New York who haven’t look good all season. Danny Cepero did look good in goal last week in Toronto but I just have low hopes of him going back-to-back in quality games here. I think this one will be close but Sigi Schmid did take out his key offensive players early on Wednesday (Nate Jaqua, Fredy Montero, Freddie Ljungberg), possibly saving them for this trip. That should pay off in a win for Seattle as long as they figure out a way to close out a game on the road. This is a big time road game for Seattle and their confidence moving forward.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, NY 1

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Real Salt Lake – at – Houston Dynamo:

Congrats to RSL, you got your first road win of the year last week. Your reward is to go back on the road again and play the league’s best club, the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium. Hooray Beer!

Big thing to RSL’s success last week was their midfield. Javier Morales finally returned to quality form and that will go a long way with this club and their playoff hopes this season. Also the play of guys like Will Johnson and Yura Movsisyan looked much better a week ago. Thing is I just don’t see RSL’s midfield stacking up well against the hot group from Houston in Houston. Brad Davis, Stuart Holden and company have been more than impressive and when they are at home they are even tougher to beat. Houston should roll here in this one.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, RSL 0

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Columbus Crew – at- FC Dallas:

Another national TV game in Dallas. Sigh. The two HSG owned clubs square off Saturday night, probably in front of a crowd of 6-7,000. Unlike last week against Houston there probably won’t be that many Crew supporters there in Dallas for this one. Dallas hasn’t been able to shutdown quality attackers all season or even sub-par attackers all season. I just don’t see a way they contend with Guillermo Barros Schelotto. In a game that comes down to a lot of midfield play, Columbus still own one of the best midfields in the league while Dallas continues to own one of the worst. The Crew should leave with three points.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Dallas 0

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DC United -  at – Colorado Rapids:

Probably the game of the week for me here. DC has always struggled at Colorado or anywhere west of Texas for that matter but the draw on Wednesday in Seattle should have given this side a big lift going on the road. I’m curious to see how Pat Noonan works out with the Rapids. He should be filling in for Conor Casey here this weekend. This game will come down to who can hold a lead better than the other. In a way I kind of think it will be a lot like the Wednesday night clash in Seattle for DC. They go down early to only come back late. Colorado is good but the lack of Casey does worry me up top for them in this one. DC should also get Ben Olsen back, which is good given the fact that the midfield is a bit spent after Wednesday’s game. I think a draw is the best way to go here in this one. As mentioned before DC typically struggles in Colorado but I think they will do enough to get a point out of this game.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, DC 1

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