MLS Weekend Preview: Week 30

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 30

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 9, 2009
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  • 2009 Week 30, Weekend Previews
BMO Field will be rocking this weekend as the Reds host San Jose. (Getty Images)

BMO Field will be rocking this weekend as the Reds host San Jose. (Getty Images)

Week 30 is a short one for Major League Soccer. Once again the international dates for World Cup qualifiers are taking over the majority of the weekend but three games were still scheduled during it. Not a bad thing as we gear towards the playoffs though as this weekend should gives us a better indication out of a couple clubs on whether or not they are playoff bound or will be staying home this fall.

For playoff purposes let’s go ahead and look at where we are going into this weekend:

The Playoff Picture Heading Into Week 30
(X Denotes clinched a playoff spot)

Eastern Conference
1. Columbus (12-5-10, 46 pts., 3 games remaining) – X
2. Chicago (10-7-11, 41 pts., 2 games remaining)
Western Conference
1. Houston (12-8-8, 44 pts., 2 games remaining) – X
2. Los Angeles (11-6-11, 44 pts., 2 games remaining) – X
Wild Cards
T1. Chivas USA (12-9-5, 41 pts., 4 games remaining)
T1. Seattle (10-7-11, 41 pts., 2 games remaining)
3. Colorado (10-8-10, 40 pts., 2 games remaining)
4. New England (10-9-8, 38 pts., 3 games remaining)
Bottom 7 Out
D.C. United (8-8-12, 36 pts., 2 games remaining)
FC Dallas (10-12-6, 36 pts., 2 games remaining)
Toronto FC (9-10-8, 35 pts., 3 games remaining)
Real Salt Lake (9-11-7, 34 pts., 3 games remaining)
Kansas City (8-11-8, 32 pts., 3 games remaining)
San Jose (7-13-7, 28 pts., 3 games remaining)
New York (4-18-6, 18 pts., 2 games remaining)

With the three games this weekend we could see a slight shake up near the bottom of the playoff table. Two clubs are playing spoilers this weekend and one hopes to possibly inch closer to the Supporter’s Shield.

As always feel free to leave your score predictions below.

Saturday:

San Jose Earthquakes – at – Toronto FC:

San Jose is now officially in spoiler mode with the recent loss to Dallas in the midweek. They head to Toronto a bit banged up in the middle which will pose a big problem on the road. San Jose is one of those clubs that just hasn’t played well on the road all year so don’t expect Frank Yallop’s club to do too well up in Toronto tomorrow. TFC has some midfield losses this weekend as well but they do have plenty more depth to make up for it with guys like Sam Cronin being able to step in for the injured Carl Robinson. I think the pressure of reaching the playoffs are in high gear for Toronto but they should be able to get the three points in this one. Look for a late goal though to get it done.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, San Jose 1

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Columbus Crew – at – New England Revolution:

Easily the best game of the weekend but it does come with plenty of missing stars for both sides. Columbus could pretty much wrap up the eastern conference crown with a win in New England tomorrow while the Revs just need to keep winning to stay alive in the playoff race. The Crew would probably be fine just grabbing a point in this one since key guys like Frankie Hejduk, Robbie Rogers and Alejandro Moreno are out with their respective national teams, not to mention since Chad Marshall is also still sidelined. One thing we do know about the Crew is that no matter who goes out there for them here they still seem to be better than most sides that they face in the league. The Revs are good but they aren’t nearly as deep as the Crew. I’m going with a draw on this one but if the Revs are as desperate for points as I think they are I could see them get three points in this one. I just like the Crew to steal a point and continue to make this all interesting in the playoff race.

WVH Prediction: New England 1, Columbus 1

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Kansas City Wizards – at – Chivas USA:

Preki’s side could sneak up into the top of the western standings this weekend with another home win. If you watched his Chivas side take apart DC United last weekend in RFK then you should expect three points in this one over a fairly weak KC side that is on it’s last legs for the season. The Wizards do have a small playoff chance left but they are in the spoiler role for sure at this point in the season. They do play better when Claudio Lopez is allowed more space in the midfield to create things for Josh Wolff up top but Chivas has been good at shutting guys like him down before. Without Jimmy Conrad (international call-up) in the back I just can’t pick the Wizards in this one on the road. Chivas just has too much talent around the field and I like them at home in this one.

WVH Prediction: Chivas USA 2, KC 0

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