MLS Weekend Preview: Week 15

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 15

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 9, 2010
  • 1 Comments
  • 2010 Week 15, Weekend Previews

Juan Pablo Angel and the Red Bulls host Atlantic Cup rivals D.C. this weekend. (Getty Images)

Its going to be a rough weekend in Major League Soccer. Why is that you may ask? Because of the World Cup final this Sunday between Holland and Spain. I know for myself I’ll likely be more focused on that than most of Saturday’s action in MLS. Not to knock the league I love but it’s just some truth on this rainy Friday here in Dallas.

Don’t worry I’ll save you from any of my LeBron comments on this post unlike most folks today that don’t even cover basketball are doing. All I can say is though that what would it be like if there were a player coming to/or in MLS that would be able to pull something like that off? Crazy talk I know.

So besides the all important final on Sunday and the pretty interesting 3rd place game tomorrow with Germany and Uruguay we do have a decent slate of games on tap this weekend in MLS. So let’s get right down to business.

Feel free to leave your marks below on how you think your team(s) will do this weekend.

Saturday

Colorado Rapids – at – Toronto FC

Two teams that seem to be on a tying streak clash at BMO Field. Honestly neither look comfortable to win a game right now but Toronto being at home is very tough to bet on here. The Rapids have missed some big chances lately to pull up in the western conference with two straight draws while Toronto is trying to stay in the thick of things in the east as much as possible.

Colorado has to find ways to score and get Omar Cummings and Conor Casey to be like they were last summer. The duo that no one wanted to face anywhere. We’ve seen them do special things at times this year but not consistently. This could be a game they could break out if Toronto’s defense fail to handle the speed and the size of those two.

But again its Toronto at home. There are few teams I bet against at home and TFC is one of them. Their offense doesn’t excite me though so I’m sticking with a draw in this one.

Player to watch out for: Dan Gargan – He’s not a name I call often but he’ll have a big task this weekend, controlling Casey and whatever he does. Should he shut him down Toronto will have no issues keeping that nice record at home going.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Colorado 1

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San Jose Earthquakes – at – Philadelphia Union

The Quakes make the cross-country trip to the newest venue in MLS, PPL Park. The Union is undefeated at home so far this year while the Quakes are doing okay on the road. But this could be their first big time test away from home as PPL Park is a new monster that I don’t think teams will be able to figure out too quickly here.

Philadelphia will have to contend with shutting down Bobby Convey in the midfield. But on the flip side the Quakes will also have their hands full with Sebastian Le Toux. Whomever gets the best of the other team will likely come out on top but my money is on Le Toux’s side.

Player to watch out for: Danny Mwanga – No doubt he’ll continue his hot streak in this one in front of the home faithful.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, San Jose 1

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LA Galaxy – at – New England Revolution

Best team in the league traveling to face arguably the worst team in the league right now. Sounds like a sure bet to go with the favorites right? Absolutely, even if LA leaves Landon Donovan at home I’d still feel good about that.

Does New England have a shot? They do in a way being at home but their last outing was embarrassing in Salt Lake, I’m not so sure they’ve worked out those issues just yet. They may pull through and get a draw but there is no way I’m taking the Revs in this one.

Player to watch out for: Michael Stephens – Should Donovan stay behind he’ll be the guy to make things happen, so far he’s been stellar at doing so this season.

WVH Predictions: LA 2, New England 0

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D.C. United – at – New York Red Bulls

The good ol’ Atlantic Cup rivalry is back on this weekend. I know it’s been “Hate D.C.” week for Red Bull fans too. No doubt the Red Bulls are red hot right now and I see that streak going.

Juan Pablo Angel has been too good lately and D.C. doesn’t have the defense to slow him down at the moment. The only guy that can make things happen for the Black-and-Red is Andy Najar but I think even he isn’t enough to get points in this one.

Player to watch out for: Tim Ream – Perfect game for him to get his rookie of the year status back on track.

WVH Prediction: New York 3, D.C. 1

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Chivas USA – at – Kansas City Wizards

No disrespect to either club but I honestly am not looking forward to this one. Now if Chivas were able to have recently signed striker Giancarlo Maldonado available I would change my mind about this one but really this one doesn’t sound that great.

Lucky for KC fans this is a game they can win and get back on track with. Chivas has struggled away from the HDC and on a shorter field they should struggle even more. I don’t see a lot of goals in this one as Chivas does possess the ball well but look for KC to find a way past the weaker Chivas defense.

Player to watch out for: Josh Wolff – Time for a big game out of the veteran, this is a perfect chance to do so.

WVH Prediction: KC 2, Chivas 1

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Columbus Crew – at – Houston Dynamo

This used to be a highly anticipated match until the Dynamo started playing the way they’re playing this season. Columbus was one of those teams that could actually get results at Robertson Stadium too.

However part of me is leaning towards a draw in this one. Columbus on the road this season hasn’t been bad but some part of me feels like Dominic Kinnear’s side will get something in this one. Then again they also have SuperLiga to deal with soon so one has to wonder if Kinnear will have to save some legs in this one or not. Calling it safe with a draw this time.

Player to watch out for: Robbie Rogers – The one guy on the wings that can and will make a difference in this one for the Crew.

WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Columbus 1

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Sunday

FC Dallas – at – Seattle Sounders FC

The Red Stripes are on a bit of a hot run lately, mostly due to some solid play at home. Now they take their show to the road at one of the toughest venues in the league at Qwest Field. But this isn’t the Sounders team from last year, no this year’s team is much different and probably one that Dallas could have their way with.

Normally I go with draws in games like this but Seattle has given us all very little to go by here lately both at home and on the road. They’re waiting on the summer transfer window to open like everyone else and I think this will be one of those games that Dallas controls the pace from start to finish in.

Player to watch out for: Brek Shea – Crazy hair or not, Shea will be a factor in this one for Dallas.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Seattle 1

  • Jay

    I'm glad you keep picking against DC because you've been dead wrong for the last month or so.