- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 28, 2009
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- 2009 Week 24, Weekend Previews
We have another loaded week of soccer ahead of us. Week 24 got off to a bang earlier in the week in Salt Lake as Real Salt Lake got their playoff chances back on track with a resounding 4-0 blowout of expansion mates Chivas USA. One has to wonder if this is more to come for RSL and if Chivas can bounce back.
Other games this week with MLS clubs didn’t go as well as three teams played in CONCACAF Champions League play. Only the Houston Dynamo made it out of this week with a point, though it came at a price with a few red cards. Both the Columbus Crew and DC United were pounded in their respective games. No need to go into how each of them lost, its a simple math problem facing MLS sides against teams from Mexico and other countries with money. These smaller rosters and low budgets will continue to kill MLS clubs in these competitions.
Anyways, we have too many games to discuss and not enough time to go into why the league needs higher salary caps and what not today. Nearly every club is in action this week with games on both Saturday and Sunday for your viewing pleasure.
Toronto FC – at – Seattle Sounders FC:
A must win really for both sides at this point as we get closer to the end of the season. Toronto typically finds ways to not play well on the road, especially in the west coast so this game should favor Sigi Schmid’s bunch who gets Fredy Montero back from suspension. I think Seattle has to win this game as their road play has been shaky at best this year. TFC will also be without a couple key defensive players with Carl Robinson and Adrien Serioux both out with suspensions. I see that being all that Seattle needs to get their offense going with Montero and Nate Jaqua.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Toronto 0
San Jose Earthquakes – at – New England Revolution:
San Jose could be riding high after the late goal to beat Kansas City last week at home but New England is playing really well right now and are looking good to get into the playoffs. A win for the Quakes could keep them from the elimination block for another week but I see New England pushing on with guys like Kheli Dube who is fresh off a hat trick in last week’s win over RSL. Even with the predicted nasty weather in the area (Tropical Storm Danny) it should be a game that New England gets three points.
WVH Prediction: New England 2, San Jose 1
DC United – at – Chicago Fire:
DC is on some terrible form right now and playoffs look to be more unlikely by the second. But there is hope as Chicago is one of the worse home teams in the league and will now officially be without defender Bakary Soumare who transferred to a club in France this week. DC however just hasn’t looked good no matter where they’ve played lately which gives me reason to pick Chicago in this one. The Fire stormed back from two down in last week’s game against Colorado and I think they will find a way to control the pace of this one from the start. Its gonna be tough for DC to get a point in this one, picking the Fire should be an easy call here.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, DC 0
Real Salt Lake – at – Kansas City Wizards:
KC hasn’t found their stride under new boss Peter Vermes but will a visit from one of the worst road teams in the league help? On a short field I think it could actually. KC has to find some offense (one one goal in the last few games) and hold RSL’s streaky offense in the process. RSL will be without Will Johnson, which could help the home side out a bit. The visitors will also need to carry over the big performance of Robbie Findley from this past mid-week game against Chivas. Thing is Findley is too hot and cold and his form this year indicates he will probably go cold again for a couple games after scoring a brace this past Wednesday. I think this one looks like a draw, as it is tough to pick RSL no matter the location.
WVH Prediction: KC 1, RSL 1
Chivas USA – at – LA Galaxy:
The third and final Superclasico of the regular season is here. LA has the edge after beating Chivas earlier this summer 1-0. Bruce Arena’s club is on good form picking up two straight shutouts last week. Chivas was looking good until they forgot to show up to Salt Lake City this past Wednesday. Look for them to bounce back better in this one as LA always brings out the best in them. Expect this to be a physical match, with loads of action in the midfield. I want to pick LA but something tells me this one will be a lot like the 0-0 battle back in April.
WVH Prediction: LA 0, Chivas 0
Houston Dynamo – at – Colorado Rapids:
Colorado may be one of the most inconsistent bunch this year. Then again they were like that last year so we really shouldn’t be shocked that it carried over this year. Anyways, after blowing a 2-0 lead last week in Chicago look for the Rapids to try and bounce back as they try to stay in playoff contention. They need this win more than the Dynamo do at this point. Houston will be a bit tired from the trip to Panama that saw more cards than it was worth for the Orange. Look for a sluggish Dynamo team and a Rapids side that is desperate for points. Conor Casey and Omar Cummings run all over the Dynamo in a win.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 3, Houston 1
Columbus Crew – at – New York Red Bulls:
Yeah it was ugly on Wednesday in Mexico for Chad Marshall and the Columbus Crew. Down right ugly. You can bet they will be ready to put that game behind them in a hurry and thankfully they get the New York Red Bulls right after it. I do worry about the travel taking a toll on the Crew but I think they will bounce back in this one, even with recent win the Red Bulls enjoyed last week over Dallas. New York has enjoyed a good run over the Crew in Giant’s Stadium as of late (6-0-1) but I think the Crew get at least a point here in this one.
WVH Prediction: New York 1, Columbus 1