MLS Weekend Preview: Week 17

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 17

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 10, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • 2009 Week 17, Bobby Boswell, Brian McBride, Dave van den Burgh, Fredy Montero, Geoff Cameron, Jeff Cunningham, Landon Donovan, Marco Pappa, Nick Garcia, Weekend Previews

The second half of the season is getting under full swing this weekend. Plenty of good games all over the place to discuss as we head closer to the All-Star break later this month. Some very important clashes in each conference this weekend could really reshape the standings after Saturday night.

Most of the 15 clubs are in action except for RSL, DC and New York. I think most Red Bull fans are excited to see the club actually get a weekend off for once here. Still we have six big games to talk about, all on Saturday. Don’t forget about the Gold Cup this weekend too, the US has one more group game left before heading on to the quarterfinals.

Feel free as always to leave your predictions and thoughts below.

Saturday:

Houston Dynamo – at – Seattle Sounders FC:

This should be a good game even without all the players missing for Gold Cup duties. Seattle won’t just be missing a few guys but they will also be without head coach Sigi Schmid who will be attending another child’s wedding (the guy has to get his kids to stop getting married in the middle of the season!). Again both rosters will be lacking important guys, Tyrone Marshall and Brad Evans from Sounders FC and Brian Ching, Andrew Hainaut and Stuart Holden for Houston. Also throw in for Houston that they will be without defenders Bobby Boswell and Geoff Cameron, both are suspended for this game.

After all of that you have to wonder what Houston will bring to the table while missing so many key starters, especially on the defensive end. I know the Dynamo and Dominic Kinnear usually find ways to pick up points but the task seems pretty tall if you ask me. I like Seattle picking up three due to the important guys sitting out for Houston and the fact that Fredy Montero is really on good form here.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Houston 1

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Kansas City Wizards – at – New England Revolution:

Right now the Revs are looking very bad. Mainly due to the amount of injuries they have piled up on their roster at the moment. Wizard’s coach Curt Onalfo has to like heading on the road and see so many injuries on the other side’s injury report. Many key guys will be out for the Revs while KC will just be lacking a couple international callups for the Gold Cup. In a way it levels things a bit since KC has a fairly weak and young defense. As much as I want to pick KC in this one I just see New England getting by some how with a draw. Maybe it’s blindness on my part to pick Steve Nicol’s group right now but something just tells me KC isn’t quite there to pick up important points on the road right now. Just a hunch I have.

WVH Prediction: New England 1, KC 1

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Columbus Crew – at – Chicago Fire:

Game of the week material right here folks, even ESPN2 has it picked up for your viewing pleasure. I think the Fire really made a statement last week in Colorado and that continues this week at home against the defending champions. Thing is this one could really go either way even though I thought the Crew looked totally over worked last week at home against DC. The Fire could just be starting to hit their stride as we head into the ladder half of the season, which is a dangerous thing for the rest of the eastern conference. Columbus will be lacking Robbie Rogers and Chad Marshall but I do see them finding a way to make things interesting. In  the end though I see a mental breakdown late by the Crew leading to a Chicago win. I expect Brian McBride or Marco Pappa to be a reason for the Chicago win.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, Columbus 1

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FC Dallas – at – Colorado Rapids:

I thought the Rapids would be a little further along right now than where they really are. Their last few games haven’t been at all what I expected out of this bunch but maybe another visit from Dallas could help. Thing is however Dallas is really starting to come around here right now and that will only make it tougher out west if they (along with RSL and LA) push up the standings towards the Rapids. Colorado is missing a slew of key guys for this one while Dallas only lacks Kenny Cooper. Depth is a killer for either one of these clubs and right now Dallas just has a little more to go on than Colorado. Call it an upset if you will but I’m picking the Red Stripes to pull a big road upset this weekend thanks to guys like Dave van den Burgh and Jeff Cunningham.

WVH Prediction: FC Dallas 2, Colorado 1

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Toronto FC – at – San Jose Earthquakes:

Both clubs come into this game at an interesting point in the season. Toronto hasn’t looked great on the road this season (or ever for that matter) while San Jose is seemingly riding the waves until they can get the right pieces in place to build a winner. Nick Garcia returns to the Bay area to face his former side for the first time, so that may be the biggest story to watch here. There are also reports that draft pick O’Brien White may make his season debut off the bench this weekend as well for the Reds. That could be good to see as well. As much as I want to pick the home side here something just feels rigth about Toronto at least picking up some points in San Jose this weekend. They know they need them to stay up in the top part of the standings. A draw wouldn’t surprise me but I am picking the Reds to get a win here. I just don’t care for the Quakes defense right now and without Ramiro Corrales in the midfield it could be a tougher day for the Quakes to hold possession anyways.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, San Jose 0

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LA Galaxy – at – Chivas USA:

I always find it interesting to see the Galaxy as the road team in their own stadium but that is the case this weekend as the SuperClasico returns for another edition. The first meeting this season between these two sides was a 0-0 card fest. I’d expect nothing but the same this weekend, even with the way both sides are playing right now. Chivas hasn’t been in good form in any match recently but returning to league play against their stadium rivals could be a good cure. LA gets Landon Donovan back, which could be the key for them to win this one. However I just see this game being another foul-happy, card fest like before. Only this time we will see each side score.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, LA 1

  • SDM

    Wow, Houston missing five starters, including their two centerbacks? With the way Seattle plays at home, that has the possibility of getting ugly.

  • SDM

    Wow, Houston missing five starters, including their two centerbacks? With the way Seattle plays at home, that has the possibility of getting ugly.