MLS Weekend Preview: Week 27

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 27

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 1, 2010
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  • 2010 Week 27, Weekend Previews

Blaise Nkufo and Seattle hope to end Toronto's playoff chances this weekend. (Getty Images)

The playoff picture could be a whole lot clearer after this weekend. Three teams have the chance to clinch spots in the post season while we’ll likely be able to see another couple be eliminated from contention. The full weekend slate will also feature some tired legs for some teams that have already played in the midweek.

This weekend will also feature some good rivalry games as well. In Texas we’ll see the┬áBrimstone┬áCup while out west in LA will be the second edition of the SuperClasico for 2010.

Everyone is in action over the weekend so let’s get down to the previews shall we?

Saturday

Toronto FC – at – Seattle Sounders FC

Both teams had midweek games in the CCL and with Seattle resting most of their main guys in that one I’d look for them to get the advantage at home in this one. Toronto looked like they had a chance after beating Houston on the road a couple weeks ago but their slip up to San Jose at BMO Field last week pretty but signaled an end to their season.

This game should be that final signal for Reds fans who know a post season birth is pretty much out of their reach at this point. TFC will make it interesting in this one as all desperate teams do in this situation but I just like the Sounders and how they’re playing these days more, especially at home. Blaise Nkufo should continue his current form against a weaker defense while Seattle really needs Fredy Montero to find the back of the net again.

Player to watch out for: Steve Zakuani – His speed on the wings should be a difference maker in this one.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Toronto 0

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Houston Dynamo – at – Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia came back down to earth on Wednesday when they got blown out in Colorado 4-1 by the Rapids. Not being able to mark Omar Cummings is one thing but I’d look for Peter Nowak’s team to bounce back a bit more in this one as they’ll have to deal with Brian Ching and company.

Philadelphia managed to win in Houston earlier this year so I’d expect them to ride that momentum in this one a bit as the Dynamo will likely be starting Tyler Deric in goal for the first time. I’d imagine we’ll see more of the same out of Sebastien Le Toux in this one at PPL Park. Last weekend against Chivas USA he and the rest of the Union had their way with the Chivas defense. Philly seems likely to keep their very slim playoff hopes alive after this one.

Player to watch out for: Danny Mwanga – He sat out Wednesday’s meeting in Colorado so look for him to make his return to the lineup this weekend.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, Houston 1

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San Jose Earthquakes – at – Columbus Crew

Another match with two teams that had midweek games. Columbus however was able to rest the majority of their main starters though as the club headed down to Guatemala in the CCL, while San Jose was not able to do the same in their 3-0 loss at home to Chicago.

I’d imagine this game will be fairly tight as San Jose always plays the Crew well in Columbus. The Crew need to hold off the Quakes early attack as they’ve been known to give up some goals early in recent games. Also the Crew need to find ways to get Guillermo Barros Schelotto involved early and often in this one.

Who scores first will likely win this match as both teams are undefeated when scoring first this season. Columbus should be more rested for this one and I think will come away with the points.

Player to watch out for: Chad Marshall – He’ll have to find a way to slow down the hot feet of Chris Wondolowski.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, San Jose 0

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Real Salt Lake – at – New England Revolution

Had this been in Salt Lake I’d just skip ahead to the prediction because it would be that easy. But being in New England could be a little bit of trouble for the defending champs. For one they could be a bit gassed after their midweek draw in Toronto in the CCL. I’d imagine Jason Kreis will inject some fresher legs into the starting lineup for this one.

New England has to find ways to hold possession in this one and keep the flow of the game on their side. RSL likes to hold possession and dicate how things go in the games. If the Revs can control that they could get some points here.

However their last two games the Revs have given up late leads to top teams in the league and I don’t see a change coming anytime soon. They just don’t have the talent to keep up with the likes of RSL. Look for Kreis’ club to bounce back from their 1-1 draw last week to Colorado.

Player to watch out for: Cory Gibbs – He’ll have to step up his play against the attack that RSL brings to the table.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, New England 1

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Kansas City Wizards – at – New York Red Bulls

Its do-or-die time for the Wizards. While they won’t be eliminated from contention with a loss this weekend, not getting points won’t be an option. As for the Red Bulls they will look to keep their eyes on the prize, an eastern conference crown or maybe even a Supporter’s Shield trophy.

I think this however could be a bit of a let down game for the Red Bulls after their big win over LA last week. The week after games like teams tend to take the foot off the gas a bit and KC could be just the team to sneak up on New York and grab a valuable point away from home.

New York will need to put constant pressure on the Wizards’ backline. Both teams play with speed and could be level on that account. It could come down to who uses their speed the best that will get the result in this one. I’m going out on a limb and saying this one will be a draw. KC should bounce back from their loss to Dallas last week as they’ll be searching for every point possible.

Player to watch out for: Ryan Smith – He’ll be the key in the midfield to the Wizards in this one.

WVH Prediction: New York 1, Kansas City 1

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Chicago Fire – at – FC Dallas

Ah the old Brimstone Cup rivalry. Well it hasn’t been much of a rivalry these last few years as Dallas has won the trophy each year going back to 2002. Chicago comes into town hoping to ride the waves of their big 3-0 win on Wednesday in San Jose. On the other side of things Dallas is going to be going for their 18th straight unbeaten game.

Chicago has to find ways to keep the momentum up from Wednesday’s game. The thing is they’ll be going against a Dallas team that appears to be getting healthier here. With only a couple points separating Dallas, RSL and LA at this point look for Schellas Hyndman’s team to go for the three points here.

Player to watch out for: Jeff Cunningham – He’s always had his way with the Fire, look for him to tie the league all-time scoring mark in this one.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Chicago 1

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D.C. United – at – Colorado Rapids

I’ll keep this one short. D.C. has never played all that well in Colorado and the Rapids are one of the hottest teams at home right now. Looks for more Omar Cumming’s magic.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 3, D.C. 0

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Sunday

LA Galaxy – at – Chivas USA

Rivalry games are always tricky to predict (see last week’s Rocky Mountain Cup game with Colorado and RSL). Chivas is holding on to a very tiny chance at making the playoffs going into this one so they could be a bit desperate going against a team that has already clinched up a post season ticket.

On paper this one seems like a no brainer, LA is the more talented team on all sides of the ball and Chivas continues to find ways to stink up the place. But again this is a rivalry game so you can expect Chivas to give LA their very best.

I think it will be the usual physical match these two typically have with one another. But in the end I think LA should come out on top in this one as they would love nothing more than ending their rival’s playoff hopes here.

Player to watch out for: Edson Buddle – He has to get back on track and going against Chivas’ defense he could do that.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, Chivas 0

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