MLS Weekend Preview: Week 9

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 9

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 21, 2010
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  • 2010 Week 9, Weekend Previews

Can Columbus make get their second win of the week on Sunday? (Getty Images)

Its a lighter weekend in Major League Soccer and I’m not exactly sure if there is anything to blame here for it. Five games this weekend on two days still with plenty of interesting matchups to discuss.

Last night got week nine off with a bang. Both Columbus and LA went into the night undefeated and left with those records still in tact after two solid road wins.

The Crew may have been dominated a bit in possession by New York but they made the most of their chances on the way to a big 3-1 win. Playing without their main offensive threat in Guillermo Barros Schelotto the Crew didn’t miss a beat and exposed more holes in the New York defense.

LA proved once again that they know how to win without their main scorers in Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle. They completely controlled the game in their 1-0 win over FC Dallas. Now a third of the way through for the Galaxy they are a nice 8-0-2 on the year. Dallas couldn’t get anything going once again with Jeff Cunningham up top and the Galaxy scored yet another shutout.

So what’s to be expected this weekend? Columbus will be tested yet again on the road on Sunday while tomorrow’s matches should provide some nice attendance numbers.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and predictions to this weekend’s games below.

Saturday

New England Revolution – at – Toronto FC

Depth will be tested in this one as the Revs continue to battle with injuries while the Reds are dealing a busy schedule due to the Canadian Cup. A lot has changed since their last meeting when the Revs absolutely smashed Toronto 4-1. New England really hasn’t looked the same since then and Toronto is slowly turning things around here.

With no Dwayne De Rosario I wonder who Preki will turn to here. The likely pressure will be put on Chad Barrett and O’Brien White who both need to pick things up here anyways. New England will need to lean on Toronto killer Zach Schilawski in this one. If he can do the same damage to Toronto that he did the Revs could end up with three big points.

I think Toronto should still be fine in this one without De Rosario. They’ve been very good at home so far this year and I don’t see a slip up against the beat-up Revs right now.

Player to watch out for: Stefan Frei- He had a hell of a game against LA last week, but he’ll need a big performance against a club that torched him for four goals earlier this year.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, New England 0

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San Jose Earthquakes – at – Seattle Sounders FC

Here’s the game this weekend that I am looking forward to. Seattle is hoping to build off the momentum from their big road win in New York while San Jose has been down right solid these last three games. Let’s not forget that Seattle is hoping to impress the locals after their last home game went down the tubes to LA that that blowout a couple weeks ago.

San Jose will likely look to exploit things in the midfield with Bobby Convey. But the difference could end up being the speed of Seattle up top against the slightly slower Quakes defense. If Sigi Schmid starts Fredy Montero (which I believe he will) you should see a more energized offense by the Sounders.

I think this one will be closer than some expect but look for the Sounders to come out on top but only by a slim margin. San Jose is better than we’re giving them credit for here but playing at Qwest is a true test that I think may cause them to slip up here.

Player to watch out for: Steve Zakuani – I know he’s a go-to guy for me to pick here but I see his speed as a real difference maker in this one.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, San Jose 0

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D.C. United – at – Houston Dynamo

The cure for some blues could be a visit from the worst club in the league right? Probably so. Houston should also see a slight lift now that Joseph Ngwenya can play, now the question comes does Dominic Kinnear start him. Houston’s tempo and style will likely control the pace of this one as it typically does at Robertson Stadium.

D.C. will have to find ways to get their offense going. Six of their eight games this year they’ve been shutout. I don’t see much hope for United in this one either as Houston seems to go hot then cold then back to hot. This weekend just seems to fall on the hot side of things.

Player to watch out for: Brad Davis – He’s likely to be a D.C. killer tomorrow night in the midfield.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, D.C. 0

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Real Salt Lake – at – Chivas USA

Expect a real battle in this one as both clubs do well with possession and will fight to keep it. RSL got back on track here with three straight home wins but we all know what the road brings to their side. Getting a win right now would do some serious things for this club in the standings and with their momentum. A loss however will do a lot to kill their current mojo.

Chivas will provide a stiff test here too though without Sacha Kljestan in the attacking third I do worry about about where the goals will come from in this one. RSL has the attacking options to frustrate Chivas but a draw seems more likely. I’ll admit I’m just not comfortable taking RSL on the road just yet but at least I’m not calling for the upset here.

Player to watch out for: Alvaro Saborio – Think the league is taking this guy serious now? After last week’s two goal effort I’m sure Chivas will. Still he’s the main offensive threat for the visitors and if he gets open in space, lookout.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, RSL 1

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Sunday

Columbus Crew – at – Kansas City Wizards

Boy was I wrong about the Crew last night. Not only did they win but doing it without Schelotto really impressed me. They’re now in control of first place in the east and really are the only side in that conference that look like a true contender here. Kansas City hasn’t looked nearly like the club that started off 2-0 on the year.

The short rest worries me for the Crew but getting Schelotto back in the lineup is a nice bonus. Things will be a bit more compact in the midfield but that should be okay for the Crew. The Wizards will need to shut down the open space that the Crew do a good job of making. Also a quick start will go a long way in winning this one.

I like the Crew however to come out of this one with their perfect record still in place. This club just wins ways to win, even if they are ugly.

Player to watch out for: Kei Kamara – He’s the main scorer right now for the Wizards. After he got over that miss in front of the net a few weeks back he’s looked solid.

WVH Predictions: Columbus 2, Kansas City 1

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