MLS Weekend Preview: Week 21

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 21

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 7, 2009
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  • 2009 Week 21, Weekend Previews

We have kind of a short weekend of soccer in Major League Soccer. Week 21 already got off to a slight bang last night in Frisco with FC Dallas knocking off the top dogs in the league, Houston 1-0 thanks to Jeff Cunningham’s first half goal.

Interesting turn of events here in Texas. Houston has slipped up in their last five games, losing three. While Dallas has won three in their last five. Offensively FC Dallas is clicking and playing very well behind the play of Cunningham who basically just needed Kenny Cooper to leave so he could take over the club. Bigger change in these last two games for Dallas has been new defender Jair Benitez. He’s added some speed and grit to the Dallas defense that has been much needed.

Now as we turn to the weekend, let’s hope it stays interesting. Don’t forget Toronto FC’s friendly tonight on ESPN against Real Madrid. That should be a fun one to watch.

As always feel free to post your score predictions below.

Saturday:

LA Galaxy – at – New England Revolution:

I think this may be one of the league games that could be great this weekend. Both clubs are playing some good soccer these days and New England is looking to move into the playoff contention here with a win. LA on the other hand is hoping to move up the standings to get in Supporter’s Shield contention here. Don’t expect a load of goals in this one however. LA doesn’t give up much and New England doesn’t score much. LA has never won in Gillette Stadium, so I think the draw sounds good as Landon Donovan finds a way to get one in the back of the net late to tie things up.

WVH Prediction: New England 1, LA 1

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Columbus Crew – at – San Jose Earthquakes:

This one is interesting, had last week not been a blowout for the Quakes over Seattle I would be all over picking Columbus in this one. But now you have to wonder if the Quakes are starting to get things right with their new midield combination of Ramon Sanchez and Andre Luiz. It worked last week agaisnt Seattle and with this game at Candlestick Park (first MLS game there) it makes it all the more interesting. I want to take the Crew with how they are playing but something screams draw in this one for me. Should be fun though as San Jose always plays Columbus tight.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Columbus 1

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Seattle Sounders FC – at – Real Salt Lake:

Had Seattle gone into Buck Shaw Stadium last week and won I would be more confident in their ability to get a result this weekend in Salt Lake City. But they got blown out and embarassed to be real honest. With Seattle not playing well on the road and from being a bit gassed from their friendly with Barcelona this past week. RSL on the other hand should be rested and we know what they bring to the table at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real has to start winning games here to catch up to clubs like Seattle in the standings here. If they fail to even get a win here I would be close to writing them off here for the playoff run this season. Jason Kreis will get his club ready for this one and I think they will get the win behind guys like Will Johnson and Javier Morales.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Seattle 1

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Chivas USA – at – Colorado Rapids:

The AmeriGoats have finished up their long layoff but did it do any good for them? That much we will find out tomorrow night. Colorado has slipped up lately, and some of that at home to boot. I like both sides but neither really have looked like playoff worthy sides in their last few games in league play. Chivas will be hurting without Zach Thornton in goal and I think that could be a difference maker that could lead to a Colorado win here. Gary Smith needs a big night from Conor Casey, Colin Clark and company here. They have a shot to stay in playoff contention and pass Chivas for good here in the standings, they just have to take advantage of it.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Chivas 0

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Sunday

Chicago Fire – at – Houston Dynamo:

Is Houston really starting to slide here? The last couple games could lead you to believe it. I really thought they should have gotten at least a point last night in Dallas but sometimes soccer is just like that to you. Both will be a little gassed since Chicago had a tough night on Wednesday, losing the SuperLiga final in PKs. I think Dominic Kinnear did the right thing in holding Brian Ching to only 45 minutes of play last night becuase of this game. Look for him to be more rested because of it and that will be a big difference since Wilham Conde is questionable for this game for the Fire. I like the Fire on the road based on their record but going into the heat of Texas on Sunday evening I think the Dynamo find a way to bounce the Fire out of town.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Chicago 1

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