MLS Weekend Preview: Week 15

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 15

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 26, 2009
  • 8 Comments
  • 2009 Week 15, Amado Guevara, Clint Mathis, Dwayne De Rosario, Fredy Montero, Gregg Berhalter, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Javier Morales, Omar Cummings, Stuar Holden, Weekend Previews

Yeah we actually are at week 15 here. Hard to believe huh? This weekend is fairly light due to a number of other games going on like SuperLiga. Then you have that all important game on Sunday afternoon over in South Africa between the US and Brazil.

I won’t go into any big detail about the Brazil/US game and I am honestly undecided on whether or not to even do a preview of that game. I may just leave that to those who’ve been doing a good job of it lately. But we will see.

This weekend has some decent games on the menu in MLS even if it is a smaller portion than what we are use to here. Only four league games to mention, two on each day.

Feel free to leave your score predictions below.

Saturday:

New York Red Bulls – at – Columbus Crew:

The Crew looked good last week in Dallas until about the 73rd minute. From then on they look nothing like what we’ve seen from them this season. I’m honestly going to take that as a bit of a fluke as they host New York tomorrow. The Red Bulls were totally handled in the mid-week up in Toronto. They looked just flat out terrible against TFC. It looks like they will probably be without a few key offensive players for this one in Columbus and given their road record I doubt things will change too much. Guillermo Barros Schelotto should have a lot more space to run around and create things in this one and I look for the Crew to just control this game from the start.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, New York 1

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Toronto FC – at – Real Salt Lake:

This game really has a lot of interest in it. Both clubs are starting to play pretty well, and TFC looks to have hit a good stride here. Thing is on the road they aren’t quite the same with only a few wins in their club history away from BMO Field. RSL will be missing a couple key guys like Will Johnson and Jamison Olave. I do think this one could go either way with the way Dwayne De Rosario and Amado Guevara have been playing for TFC. RSL will have to control the midfield play if they want to win this one so they will need a big time performance out of Clint Mathis and Javier Morales. I’m gonna give RSL the benefit of playing at home for this one as I do think they are starting to come around here.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, TFC 1

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Sunday:

Colorado Rapids – at – Seattle Sounders FC:

Seattle needs a big time performance in this one by their defense if they want to win. Lately they’ve been giving up a lot of easy goals. Thankfully for the Emerald City bunch they have been bailed out by the play of Columbian Fredy Montero in recent weeks. I think Montero will have to get touches early against the Rapids defense that can let in their share of easy goals. Colorado on the other hand will again have to turn to Omar Cummings who has been great as of late. This one sounds like a draw with the way Seattle has played recently but I’m calling an upset as I really want to see Colorado come up here and move up the charts like I think they are going to. Cummings has been a handful for everyone lately and he could be the difference.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Seattle 1

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Houston Dynamo – at – LA Galaxy:

LA hasn’t looked nearly the same over the last couple weeks after they drew so many games in a row there. We are seeing exactly what they are made of and it still isn’t anything special. Houston on the other hand has been playing very strong as of late though they will be missing a couple guys to international callups for the Gold Cup. I think LA needs a lot more than just guys like Gregg Berhalter and Dema Kovalenko returning to the lineup to beat Houston. I look for Stuart Holden and company to continue their unbeaten run here with a win.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, LA 0

  • Djking2

    Hey Drew, I suspect Toronto may surprise you. The defence is looking much better since the addition of Garcia and Nana Attakora's regular starting assignments. If they continue to improve as a unit don't be surprised to see TFC looking at offers for Wynne. On the other hand the 10 goals in our last 3 games came against NYRB and a USL side that had nothing to play for. While a loss in this game doesn't cost us too much a win would put us top of the table in the east. I expect they'll come out gunning for the win.

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  • soccer goals

    i would agree with everything except for the Seattle vs Rapids match which should end in a draw.

  • Djking2

    Hey Drew, I suspect Toronto may surprise you. The defence is looking much better since the addition of Garcia and Nana Attakora’s regular starting assignments. If they continue to improve as a unit don’t be surprised to see TFC looking at offers for Wynne. On the other hand the 10 goals in our last 3 games came against NYRB and a USL side that had nothing to play for. While a loss in this game doesn’t cost us too much a win would put us top of the table in the east. I expect they’ll come out gunning for the win.

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  • i would agree with everything except for the Seattle vs Rapids match which should end in a draw.

  • jed

    montero is my MLS fantasy team captain, he's really starting to turn it on. Too bad his 4 game streak is going to be broken up by a two week hiatus which could destroy the momentum.

  • jed

    montero is my MLS fantasy team captain, he’s really starting to turn it on. Too bad his 4 game streak is going to be broken up by a two week hiatus which could destroy the momentum.