MLS Weekend Preview: Week 8

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 8

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 14, 2010
  • 2010 Week 8, Weekend Previews

Can the Frank Yallop's side continue their hot streak?

Home games usually do most clubs a bit of good but in the case of Real Salt Lake it’s doing a whole lot more. Last night the defending MLS Cup champions put down the Houston Dynamo in convincing fashion 3-1. It was the same type of performance RSL has given at home these last couple weeks.

RSL started the season slowly due to a rough opening slate but after these three home games RSL gobbled up nine quick points and are back in the western conference race. With four more home games on the horizon out of their next six games you have to figure RSL will be putting some serious pressure on the league leading LA Galaxy.

What got RSL going last night was Robbie Findley’s quick start. Finally he got going here as his name getting called up for the US national team definitely put some pep in his step. Houston didn’t have an answer for Findley last night, nor did they for Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio who torched the Dynamo for two goals.

We saw last night exactly how much Houston is missing Geoff Cameron in the midfield. Without him controlling things in the middle the Dynamo weren’t able to spread the attack out as much as they’d normally like to. RSL took advantage of it and made them pay.

Let’s move forward though from last night’s game and take a look at the seven games on the menu for this weekend. Aside from Houston and RSL everyone in the league is in action this weekend.

Feel free to leave your score predictions and thoughts below in the comments section.

FC Dallas – at – Philadelphia Union

Hot off a two win week FC Dallas hits the road again to face the expansion side in Philadelphia who haven’t been at home in nearly a month. One has to figure the Union will be pressing hard for three points in this one considering they won’t be at home again until the middle of next month when they open their new stadium. Dallas has looked better in their last couple games knocking off both Houston and D.C. in 1-0 shutouts.

The thing about this one is Dallas does an excellent job possessing the ball where Philly does not. Look for Dallas to control the pace of the game even though the crowd could be a factor for them. The Union will need to find ways to get their attack going early in this one and build off their crowd. I like Dallas to win their third straight here.

Player to watch out for: Roger Torres – He has to be that creative cog in the midfield for the Union. He’ll have to find space in a crowded midfield but he’s shown the skill to do so early on this year.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Philadelphia 1


San Jose Earthquakes – at – New England Revolution:

Just how good are these Quakes here? I think this game will give us a real sense of what this club is about since they will be 3000 miles away from home where they’ve played very well lately. The Revs as we know are ravished with injuries and are playing another game this week after their US Open Cup loss to New York. Steve Nicol had a short roster for that game and one has to wonder what kind of energy they have left for this one.

As long as the Quakes find a way to get Bobby Convey involved in the midfield like they have recently they’ll get three points in this one. Convey did a good job along with Joey Gjertsen picking apart New York’s midfield and defense. While I like the Revs backline more than New Yorks I think they’ll find a way to pick them apart here as well. Part of me thinks this could be a let-down game for the Quakes but they’re playing with serious confidence right now and the Revs are just a team that is badly beaten up here.

Player to watch out for: Chris Wondolowski – He’s been a big difference maker for the Quakes lately, if his hot foot keeps going the Quakes will have no issue winning this one.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, New England 0


Chivas USA – at – Columbus Crew:

The Crew hope to keep their undefeated streak alive here as they host Chivas USA tomorrow. This one will be a midfield battle as both do a good job finding the ball in the midfield. Chivas likes to hold on to things in the middle of the pitch with rookie Blair Gavin and with the up and down pace of Sacha Kljestan. Columbus on the other hand does a great job in space and on the wings. Look for the wing play to be a big factor in this one which makes me lean to the Crew.

I thought at first this could be one that ends in a draw but I like the Crew here. Chivas does typically play the Crew tough in Columbus but look for the Crew to come out on top.

Player to watch out for: Robbie Rogers – He got a call-in for the preliminary roster this past week for the World Cup, look for him to have a jump in performance this weekend.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Chivas 1


Colorado Rapids – at – D.C. United

At first I wanted to go D.C. but when Conor Casey didn’t see his name called into the US camp for the World Cup I thought a little longer about this one. I have a feeling Casey will be a man possessed in this one to show Bob Bradley what he will be missing. Its a good thing too if you are a Rapids fan because you need Casey to get going here. Omar Cummings can only pull so much of the weight offensively.

D.C. is hurting right now with injuries and I think that will play a big factor in this one. I know the road team hasn’t won in this series since 2000 but I feel this trend will come to an end this weekend.

Player to watch out for: Clyde Simms – If there is one guy in the midfield that could do some damage it’s Simms. His return to the lineup has brought some nice stability to the D.C. midfield. They’ll need a big game out of him in this one.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, D.C. 1


Seattle Sounders FC – at – New York Red Bulls

Seattle needs to come out and seriously redeem themselves on the pitch after last week’s match against the Galaxy. Getting blown out 4-0 at home is never a good way to go. Then again on the other side of the pitch the Red Bulls will have to do a bit of the same. They too got hammered 4-0 last week. Both have some defensive issues that need sorted out as each were exposed big time last week. I think they both tighten things up this week which is why I’m going with a draw in this one. New York could find ways around the Seattle defense again but I think Seattle could do the same to them.

Player to watch out for: Juan Pablo Angel – He’s been a Sounder killer before and he could be one again tomorrow evening.

WVH Prediction: New York 1, Seattle 1


Chicago Fire – at – Kansas City Wizards

Two clubs here that really need to turn things back around. Each have looked pretty bad lately. I think this is one of those matches that plays to the hand of the Wizards though. Their home pitch isn’t as wide as most and they tend to take full advantage of that. The Fire like to spread things out and teams typically struggle in KC because of the narrow field. Look for Ryan Smith and Kai Kamara to have big games because of it too.

Player to watch out for: Josh Wolff – Could he step up against his old club? I think so.

WVH Prediction: Kansas City 3, Chicago 1


Toronto FC – at – LA Galaxy

One thing we know is the Galaxy are good possibly damn good. Preki hasn’t quite figured out how to win on the road but maybe going back to the Home Depot Center will remind him how to do things again on the road. The thing is Toronto will be a bit gassed after a big week last week and a mid-week game in the Canadian Cup against Montreal. Preki’s roster is only so deep here and I think LA makes them pay for it with their loaded talent. Look for Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan to have big games before they head to New Jersey for the World Cup camp.

Player to watch out for: Michael Stephens – He’s quietly making a case for himself for Rookie of the Year already, I’d expect another big game out of him.

WVH Prediction: LA 3, Toronto 1