MLS Weekend Preview: Week 23

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 23

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 21, 2009
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  • 2009 Week 23, Weekend Previews
Landon Donovan leads LA against DC this weekend. (Getty Images)

Landon Donovan leads LA against DC this weekend. (Getty Images)

So far the week has not been kind to my predictions. In two midweek games both road sides have gone out and upset some seemingly strong sides on their own turf. Both LA and New England played solid matches this past week and earned three big road points in the process.

This is a big weekend for most MLS sides. A handful of teams get double-dips in either league play or both league play and CONCACAF Champions League. This week will certainly shed a little more light on what looks to be an excellent playoff race now that New England looks to be joining in on.

As always feel free to leave your score predictions below.

Saturday:

LA Galaxy – at – DC United:

DC looked battered and beaten in their midweek clash in the group stages of the CCL. They headed down to Honduras to only then get smacked around 3-1 by Marathon. LA on the other hand won their midweek game in Chicago, in pretty convincing fashion. Without a few of their best players the Galaxy went into Toyota Park and controlled the pace of the game against the Fire. Now getting veterans David Beckham and Eddie Lewis back I think it would just as fitting to see them do it again in RFK. I have a hunch that LA will come out a little flat but I do look for them to carry three points away from DC. Something just tells me DC is going to continue to slip here. Plus I don’t see anyone on DC’s backline that can handle Landon Donovan at this point.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, DC 1

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Toronto FC – at – Chivas USA:

Chivas got the cure for all long midseason blues in a trip to New York last week. Their offense woke up and now they should have youngster Jesus Padilla in lineup. I’m curious to see what he really brings to the table here. TFC needs points here to remain in playoff contention but I have doubts that the momentum from last week will carry over. They face a big road test here and historically they have not played well against Chivas. I think both teams come back down to earth from last week’s results and its a draw. Dwayne De Rosario is on MVP form that should be good enough to get a point for the visitors.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, Toronto 1

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Kansas City Wizards – at – San Jose Earthquakes:

Two teams really with little or no playoff chances left this season face off. San Jose is at least trying to make changes to what they have right now, KC just changes coaches and sees the same results. KC should get some playmakers back this weekend but how well will Davy Arnuad and Claudio Lopez really be for them? I have my doubts to say the least based on this club’s recent form. San Jose just seems like they will pick up three points here but this won’t be a pretty one at all.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, KC 0

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Sunday:

FC Dallas – at – New York Red Bulls:

New York finally has a new coach in interim boss Richie Williams but how will one day of practice without Juan Carlos Osorio really make a difference with this bunch? Its hard to tell but you got to believe it may inspire this bunch a little more to pick up some points. Dallas has a very slim hope left for reaching the playoffs so they have to make this game count in a big way. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a draw but based on what New York will be missing in this one in terms of quality players being out I have no way of picking them to win this one. Dallas just has more manpower than the Red Bulls at this point.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, New York 0

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Colorado Rapids – at – Chicago Fire:

The Fire were distracted to say the least the other day against LA but they cannot slip up yet again at home. Not having Bakary Soumare in the middle of the defense poses a lot of issues going against a strong offense like Colorado has with Conor Casey and Omar Cummings. The speed of Cummings worries me after seeing Landon Donovan burn the Fire defense the other night. I think the Rapids come in to Toyota Park and get the upset here. Got to remember that even before the issues in the Fire locker room with Soumare the Fire weren’t the best home team in the league. Plus I like a rested Colorado team rather than a tired Chicago side.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Chicago 1

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Real Salt Lake – at – New England Revolution:

New England didn’t do anything special last night to beat Seattle at Qwest Field. They were packed in defense, held possession well and attacked when needed to. RSL will be without two very key players in Clint Mathis and Jamison Olave. We could see New England be tired a bit from having to go cross country but I’m sure Steve Nicol will get his bunch ready to go for this one. I just have trouble picking RSL on the road still and I think the Revs will be out for revenge for that 6-0 beaten they took back in the spring at Rio Tinto Stadium.

WVH Prediction: New England 1, RSL 0

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Seattle Sounders FC – at – Houston Dynamo:

Seattle did all they could to get a goal last night against New England but it wasn’t enough. Defensively they are shaky and offensively they don’t always click. Seattle showed they missed Freddie Ljungberg in the middle a lot last night and without him on the road in a big game like at Houston I just have trouble going with the expansion club. Houston will also possible have new DP Luis Angel Landin on offense. I don’t see him making the impact right away on Sunday but I do think he will cause some headaches for the Sounders defense. This should be the best game of the weekend but look for Houston to grab the three points.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Seattle 0


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