MLS Weekend Preview: Week 16

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 16

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 16, 2010
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  • 2010 Week 16, Weekend Previews

New York at Columbus headlines this weekend's action. (Getty Images)

Boy today has been a bit busy huh? Thankfully being Friday the week is over and its time once again for some weekend soccer. This weekend’s slate is a little light, only five league games but there are plenty of friendlies and SuperLiga elsewhere to keep folks happy.

I’ll get to my picks quickly this week though for time purposes. Let’s hope I regain form after the last week and a half of bad picks (yikes!).

Saturday

Toronto FC – at – Philadelphia Union

So the Fort at PPL Park was already broken down by San Jose last week but the mid-week friendly win over Scottish power Celtic had to be a nice lift for Peter Nowak’s team. Tough timing though as Toronto enters the weekend on a nice unbeaten run that stretches fairly far back in all competitions.

Philadelphia has to shut things down in the midfield and in the defensive third to win this one. Toronto doesn’t have the best offense in the league but with the kind of mental errors that the Union throw out you can bet someone like Dwayne De Rosario will make the most of them. I feel like this one is a draw though as Philly should rebound from their issues last week while Toronto typically goes for the old road draw anyways.

Player to watch out for: Mista – The new addition for the Reds could see action this weekend, if he does I’ll be curious to see if he is in good enough shape to do any good.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Toronto 1

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New York Red Bulls – at – Columbus Crew

Boy, I didn’t expect the Crew to lose like they did at home on Wednesday to the Kansas City Wizards but crazy things happen. You can expect them to be a little better in this one though as they will want to hold off the Red Bulls in the standings as much as possible now that the club from the Big Apple is signing DPs left and right.

Columbus typically doesn’t drop two in a row so I’d expect either a Crew win or a draw in this one. Based on the way the Red Bulls are going a draw sounds likely here. They’ll do enough defensively to shut down the Crew attack that just couldn’t hit anything on Wednesday.

Player to watch out for: Dane Richards – His speed on the wings could be a difference maker for the Red Bulls. We saw what speed did to the Crew on Wednesday with Kei Kamara, Richards is probably faster and has a better target man in Juan Pablo Angel to link up with.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, New York 1

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Real Salt Lake – at – FC Dallas

Hate to say I won’t be at this one, family obligations will keep me from Frisco. Too bad as this may be the best game on the weekend menu. FCD has really looked good lately and RSL is no slouch either. In my mind this is a potential playoff series preview.

Dallas has to control the tempo from the start and work their offense like they do with David Ferreira. RSL will have to mark him down and if Kyle Beckerman is back this weekend that could be a fun matchup to watch. I hate picking three straight draws here but this one is really too close to call right now.

Player to watch out for: Jeff Cunningham – Will he ever get off his funk and score some goals? RSL will be a tough team to do so but it would also be a big confidence booster to him and the club if he did.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 0, RSL 0

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Kansas City Wizards – at – Colorado Rapids

So did Wednesday’s win in Columbus help save Peter Vermes’ job? Possibly but a second win on the road would definitely keep him safe for probably the rest of the year. Too bad I don’t see that happening this time around unless he wises up and actually starts rookie Teal Bunbury up top again.

Colorado will likely use their midfield to their advantage here though to slow down the Wizards’ attack. Lucky for them those should be some tired legs playing another road game in short time and in altitude. Take the Rapids this weekend, its likely the best bet of them all.

Player to watch out for: Marvell Wynne – Going against Bunbury should be fun to watch in this one, I expect the veteran to get the best of the matchup.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Kansas City 0

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Sunday

LA Galaxy – at – D.C. United

Another game this week for the Black-and-Red who really looked demoralized after their defeat to Seattle last night. Talks that folks in the locker room aren’t happy there really makes you wonder about the state of mind there with United. Lots of changes happened over the last day or so with them too so who knows what to expect on Sunday.

LA on the other hand is coming off their second loss of the season. You can bet it won’t take long for Bruce Arena’s bunch things better in this one and get three points. They should have Landon Donovan back from the ESPYs and what not but even if he stays home D.C. will likely be too tired and beat up for this one with LA’s fresh legs.

Player to watch out for: Edson Buddle – If things go the way most figure, Buddle could have a nice evening on Sunday.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, D.C. 0

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