MLS Weekend Preview: Week 29

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 29

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 2, 2009
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  • 2009 Week 29, Weekend Previews
Landon Donovan and Blanco battle tonight in LA. (Getty Images)

Landon Donovan and Blanco battle tonight in LA. (Getty Images)

This weeks previews fall into the shorter than normal bracket. As I mentioned the other day I am going to be in Austin for the weekend for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. This weekend gears to be another weekend that will let us know who will make it into the playoffs, we may even see another team clinch a playoff birth.

As always feel free to post your score predictions below as well.

We have six games in all on three days starting with tonight.

Friday:

Chicago Fire – at – LA Galaxy:

This is a big game to start the weekend. The two conference’s number twos square off at the HDC tonight. Easily the best game of the week if these two show up for it. LA hasn’t been great at home this year except for the last two while Chicago has been one of the best road teams this year. Part of me likes the Fire based on their road play and how Brian McBride has turned this offense back around but the other part of me likes LA based on recent home play. I think in the end its a draw though as neither have dominated good teams like one another this year. Draw seems likely.

WVH Prediction: LA 1, Chicago 1

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Saturday:

Chivas USA – at – DC United:

Big time game for both sides, but more so for DC as they really need three points. United got lucky with New England not picking up points in Dallas in the midweek. Apparently a big crowd will be on hand and I like that for DC. They looked real good with reserves on the pitch in CCL play this week. Chivas has to show up early and get DC out of their game early, if they do that they certainly have a good shot. I think DC will get this game though as they really need the points. Chivas just didn’t do much for me last week against New York.

WVH Prediction: DC 2, Chivas 1

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Seattle Sounders FC – at – Columbus Crew:

Expect some fireworks with this one. Sigi Schmid returns to Columbus for the first time since leading the Crew to a MLS Cup title last year. His Sounders need points in a big way while Columbus just looks to wrap up the Supporter’s Shield for a second straight year. Look for Schmid to get his team amped up for this one as he usually does against his former clubs. Columbus will put up a good fight which is why I see this ending in a draw. I don’t expect the Crew to lose a home game here right now but I just see Seattle stealing a point here.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Seattle 1

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New England Revolution – at – Colorado Rapids:

I said when Steve Ralston went down with a season-ending injury to his knee that the Revs offense would pretty much go with it. On Wednesday in Dallas the Revs offense really never got going and I don’t expect it to pick up much in Colorado. Colorado has stunk up the place recently though so this one may not be anything great. The Rapids really need the Conor Casey-Omar Cummings connection to light up the place. If they do that we know this could be a long night for the Revs. I just see it being a long night for both clubs as this one ends in a draw.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, New England 1

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New York Red Bulls – at – San Jose Earthquakes:

Not the best looking match up of the weekend. The two worst clubs square off at Buck Shaw Stadium. One has to wonder if New York will build off the draw to Chivas with a win in San Jose but I just don’t see the Red Bulls winning a road game here this season. They have to prove to me they can play well on the road two games in a row before I pick them to win on the road against a club like the Quakes. San Jose gets a win but as we know their playoff chances are little to nothing right now.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, New York 0

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Sunday:

Kansas City Wizards – at – Houston Dynamo:

We very well may see one playoff chance end and one be official with this game. I think Houston wins and clinches a spot in the playoffs while the loss ends KC’s season for real. The Wizards have played better as of late but not many play well in Houston. The Dynamo lost a stinker of a game in the CCL this week and I just don’t see them dropping two games in a row at home like that.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, KC 0

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