MLS Weekend Preview: Week 10

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 10

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 28, 2010
  • 2010 Week 10, Weekend Previews

Can the Columbus Crew knock off fellow unbeaten LA this weekend? (Getty Images)

A third of the way there, really crazy to think its almost June (Hello World Cup!). Last night’s action got week 10 off with a 1-1 draw between FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire. I honestly don’t have much to go off of that game as it pretty much went exactly how I thought it would. Neither team have convinced me so far that they are contenders this season.

I have to be rather quick with my previews this week. We do have a couple real fascinating games this weekend to talk about though. A battle of the two best clubs in the league; another with two of the hotter clubs in the league; a eastern conference clash; and couple other games that could be good.

As always feel free to leave your weekend thoughts below in the comments section.

LA Galaxy – at – Columbus Crew:

Its too bad this game between the two last undefeated teams in the league comes on a weekend that has a national team game, which means one of the sides at least is missing some key elements. No doubt this game would have a lot more meaning if Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan were suiting up for it. Still we have to count on this one being a quality match.

I’ve pretty much stuck to my gut about this one since last weekend ended. I figured it would be a draw no matter who from the national team was missing in it. Both sides are too good right now to let the other take advantage. Injuries could play a factor for Columbus but they’re usually good enough to make up for it at home. It will be a physical battle but look for a draw at the end of it since neither team gives up a lot of goals.

Player to watch out for: Tristan Bowen – The academy product will likely be called up for more action in this one to produce some offense. He got his first goal in a friendly last weekend and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him continue producing here.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, LA 1


Chivas USA – at – D.C. United

Could we see D.C. get a point in this one after upsetting Italian giants AC Milan in the midweek? Who knows, we do know that Milan really didn’t put their “A” game out there for us to see. So I’m not banking a lot in that result. Still a good one for the club and the league.

Chivas should feel motivated to get over their late loss to Real Salt Lake at home last week. Getting Sacha Kljestan back in the midfield will only help out more. United doesn’t do a good job against clubs that move the ball the way Chivas does in the midfield. The Red-and-White should find some offense against a weak D.C. defense. It will be close as D.C. always plays Chivas tight. I’m calling a road win though for Chivas in this one.

Player to watch out for: Luciano Emilio – His goal against AC Milan was nice but can he get his head into the game against a MLS side for a change?

WVH Prediction: Chivas 2, D.C. 1


New York Red Bulls – at – New England Revolution:

I know I talk down on the Red Bulls a lot on here, just a matter of opinion folks. I just try to call things like I see it and lately there hasn’t been a whole lot to be impressed with. With that said I do like this matchup for them even with the recent return of Shalrie Joseph in the middle for New England. Something about Hans Backe’s side this season when it comes to ending droughts against other sides seems to be more important this year for them. Good thing too since in their last 13 league matches the Red Bulls are 0-7-6 against the Revs.

Injuries are still a concern for me when it comes to New York, as is playing on the road. Joseph won’t have to contend with someone like Carl Robinson, a guy who can shut him down when needed. Robinson is out to injury, just like most key Red Bulls players it seems. New York has to keep a better job at possession, which they were able to do against Columbus. The thing about that loss to the Crew was the finishing for the Red Bulls was not there. Against another tough defense it may be tougher to score yet again. I like a draw but it wouldn’t shock me to see the Red Bulls sneak past the Revs in this one.

Player to watch out for: Tony Tchani – Its the rookie’s time to shine with all these injuries piling up in the midfield for Backe. The talent is there but is he ready to prove it?

WVH Prediction: New England 1, New York 1


Philadelphia Union – at – Houston Dynamo

Philly takes their show back on the road (again) to face the Dynamo. I really like this game for the Dynamo as they look to keep pace with LA, San Jose, and Salt Lake in the west. Getting Brian Ching back due to his omission from the U.S. National team will be a huge plus. I can’t see any reason why Ching won’t want to push it hard to show Bob Bradley that he made a mistake not taking him to South Africa. I know Houston has been inconsistent in how they play this season by winning one, then losing and then winning again shortly after but look for them to control this one as the expansion Union just have not looked good on the road this season.

Player to watch out for: Dominic Oduro – His speed up front will pose a big threat against a weak Union defense.

WVH Prediction: Houston 3, Philadelphia 1


Seattle Sounders FC – at – Colorado Rapids

Here’s a game that both sides really need. As good as some other games are this weekend this one really has my attention. Seattle has lots of injury concerns right now though in defense with Jhon Kennedy Hurtado out and defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso still bothered by a lingering injury. Both are vital to the Sounders, especially on the road against a team with a strong attack like the Rapids.

I think the Rapids will control the midfield battle in this one. Getting Omar Cummings and Conor Casey involved early is a must. I think wing play will also be big factor in this one, the edge has to go to the Rapids too. Seattle will press hard with Fredy Montero and Steve Zakuani but their defense worries the heck out of me now.

Player to watch out for: Casey – A lot of folks were surprised he didn’t get a call up to the national team camp a few weeks back. He’s got to get out of his current funk if you ask me, this may be a good game for him to.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Seattle 1


Kansas City Wizards – at – Real Salt Lake

On a first look you think RSL at home it must be a win, right? Look a little closer and you’ll see that KC always plays them well in Salt Lake. The difference right now is the play of RSL and the play of these Wizards, they are going in opposite directions at the moment. KC has been cooled off in recent weeks while RSL is riding high on their best start in club history. Another home game will likely mean another win. Teams haven’t figured out how to stop RSL’s attack lately and given the defensive issues in the back for the Wizards I don’t see them slowing them down right now either.

Player to watch out for: Will Johnson – He’ll likely make his way into the midfield to make up for the injured Kyle Beckerman.

WVH Prediction: RSL 3, Kansas City 0


Toronto FC – at – San Jose Earthquakes

I’m glad other folks agree that this is a must-watch game this weekend. In a way this may be the better match to watch this weekend. Both clubs are riding high as of late and even a no-so-good road team like Toronto is playing well away from BMO Field. They recently snatched up their second straight Canadian Cup this week and look to carry that momentum in to Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Quakes on the other hand haven’t given up a goal in four games. That’s tough to do these days folks. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Preki put a lineup out that is fairly defensive like he did in the 0-0 draw in LA a couple weeks ago. San Jose wouldn’t be all upset to see that I think too. I think this game will come down to how Dwayne De Rosario plays. He had a midweek game in Argentina with the Canadian national side and if he can go the full game in this one the Reds have a good shot at some points. I think given Toronto’s lack of attacking options right now and their busy schedule this month I have to side with the Quakes in this one. Bobby Convey is on top form right now I think the Quakes continue their hot streak.

Player to watch out for: Bobby Burling – He’s not a guy a lot of folks are taking about but he’s really one of the biggest reasons why the Quakes have been so good this season.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, Toronto 0