MLS Weekend Preview: Week 7

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 7

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 7, 2010
  • 2010 Week 7, Weekend Previews

LA looks to remain unbeaten in Seattle. (Getty Images)

I know the last couple days have been quiet from me. I haven’t discussed all of Wednesday night’s games, Manchester United being apart of the MLS All-Star game this year (honestly its cool but I could care less about that event) and I haven’t touched base fully on Montreal’s news but I will here in a bit as I do have some thoughts on expanding once again to the North.

After missing a day or so of writing its good to get back into things with a weekend preview. It may be a bit quick today just because of real life catching up to me here. Just to recap I found out late Wednesday that I had to attend a conference that would take place nearly all day yesterday and most of today. Needless to say my brain is a bit fried at the moment.

To take a step even further back on Wednesday night we saw two clubs finally cash in their first wins of the year. D.C. finally looked like a quality side against Kansas City who is really starting to fade away and Dallas got a big time win over their in-state rivals in Houston who are starting to be one of the more inconsistent sides in MLS right now. Chivas blew out New England was to some wasn’t a total shock and then LA didn’t get a goal from Edson Buddle but still won on the road in Colorado.

So now onto the weekend. Seven more games to round out this absolutely packed week in the league. As always feel free to leave your thoughts and predictions below in the comments section, we had some good discussions on Wednesday’s games from you all so keep it up.

LA Galaxy – at – Seattle Sounders FC

LA scored a nice win in Colorado on Wednesday but exactly how gassed is Bruce Arena’s side here? Sigi Schmid will need to get more out of his midfield and offense if he wants points in this one. LA does a great job of locking things down through the middle of the field but Seattle could see some success with Steve Zakuani on the wings.

Part of me wants to go Seattle in this one but I feel as though LA is still too good not to go with here. A draw seems more likely due to their tired legs and the lack of quality play offensively out of the Sounders so far this year. Plus I’m not entirely sure Seattle can lockdown LA for 90 minutes either. Columbus managed to sneak in a goal and I see the Galaxy figuring out a similar feat.

Player to watch out for: Buddle – Can he keep form and get back on the score sheet after not scoring on Wednesday? His form so far this season suggests he will.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, LA 1


Chicago Fire – at – Toronto FC

Here’s an interesting one. A quality road team against a club that pretty much looks to only win at home these days. This one is a biggie for the Reds though as their schedule gets absolutely packed in the next couple weeks. They need three points bad to make sure they’ll be fine here as they get back on the road for three more (two Canadian Cup games and one league game in LA).

The Fire will look to clog the midfield but Toronto knows how important this game is. Look for Dwayne De Rosario to carry them though this one and get the vital home points here.

Player to watch out for: Patrick Nyarko – He could be the difference maker for the Fire. If he can be a terror on the wings the Fire could sneak out of BMO with some points.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, Chicago 1


Philadelphia Union – at – Real Salt Lake

I hate to be entirely rude here but does anyone really believe Philly has a shot in this one at Rio Tinto? I honestly don’t here as they haven’t look good at all on the road in their expansion season. The Union have a decent shot if they can find some offense, but against a RSL side that knows three points are huge right now it won’t be easy.

The only real way Philadelphia has any kind of shot is if they do what others have done in Rio Tinto against RSL, pressure the hell out of the defense and force free kicks or penalties. RSL gives up lots of free kicks in dangerous spots, as well as lots of penalties. I just don’t see Philly doing enough to take advantage of this here though. RSL should win comfortably here.

Player to watch out for: Chris Seitz – He’ll probably get a decent response from his old fans in Salt Lake but he has to continue to smooth out the rough spots here if he wants his club to get any points.

WVH Prediction: RSL 3, Philadelphia 1


New England Revolution – at – Columbus Crew

After Wednesday this one looked easier to call for most folks. New England got absolutely hammered at home by Chivas USA and now they have to go on the road to face one of the best teams in the league in the Crew? Ouch. New England has to figure out a way to get possession and keep it. Right now its obvious they miss Shalrie Joseph in the midfield.

The Crew hasn’t looked great in recent weeks but they’ve done enough to remain undefeated which has to say something about them as a team. We got to figure Steve Nicol’s side will bounce back from that ugly loss but I don’t see Columbus giving up any points in return though.

Player to watch out for: Robbie Rogers – I’d love to see more out of Rogers in this one, hopefully he gets more towards goal and proves he should be in the discussion for Bob Bradley’s camp roster this month.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, New England 0


D.C. United – at – FC Dallas

Both side finally got their first win of the year and now will look to take that momentum forward in this one. D.C. looked good for once this year at home and Dallas finally got the monkey off their back in Houston against the Dynamo. I think you’ll see both sides revert back to some old habits here now that they got their first win of the year.

I think the travel and short time between games will play a factor and for Dallas they do have a bit of an advantage playing close to home on Wednesday. D.C. has the travel to go with the tired legs and probably tired minds as getting that first win had to do a number mentally on D.C. this week. I like FCD but only by the slimmest of margins, a draw wouldn’t be shocking here either though.

Player to watch out for: Danny Allsopp – His double on Wednesday was exactly what D.C. management brought him in to do. Just took him a while to get going I guess. He needs to continue to be a factor here.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, D.C. 1


New York Red Bulls – at – San Jose Earthquakes

So just how good are these Quakes really? Lately they’ve looked better than we’ve really ever seen them since they re-joined the league a couple years ago. Chris Wondolowski is actually scoring and doing it consistently. New York comes into this game riding some high energy after a couple quality games at home and on the road.

The big question for the Quakes is will Ike Opara be available in this one? He’s been finishing up his semester at Wake Forest and may not be back in time for this game. That’s good news for New York fans and Juan Pablo Angel who will likely have a field day without Opara out there. I see this one staying at a draw though, San Jose has been good enough in games against quality teams so far this year and I’m still not entirely sold on New York yet. A road win on the other side of the country may do that for me though.

Player to watch out for: Ryan Johnson – Can the Quakes get their main scorer going here this season? They need his scoring in this one.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, New York 1


Houston Dynamo – at – Chivas USA

Some tired legs all around in this one as Chivas comes back west after playing in New England on Wednesday. Houston also makes the journey up out to LA after a battle with Dallas on Wednesday. So who has the gas in the tank for this one? The bigger battle may be escaping some red cards for Houston. They cannot go down a man in this one or Chivas will eat them alive.

Chivas is an improving side which makes me lean towards them in this one. Sacha Kljestan will need another big game in this one to carry the Red-and-White to another three points. Houston won’t make it easy on them which is why I’m going with a draw. The midfield will be the real battle but I see some tired legs just clogging things up there tomorrow night.

Player to watch out for: Dominic Oduro – One thing that could be a difference is speed. Oduro has plenty of that and if he can get a decent touch on the ball he’ll prove to be a headache for Chivas.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 2, Houston 2