MLS Weekend Preview: Week 29

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 29

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 15, 2010
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  • 2010 Week 29, Weekend Previews

RSL and FCD battle at Rio Tinto this weekend. (Getty Images)

Its another big weekend in Major League Soccer, quite possibly the biggest this season. Sure the league dubbed up the LA-NY game a couple weeks ago but this weekend there are some real big ones on the slate that could very well shape how the playoffs will be done in a couple weeks.

The biggest match has to be the RSL-Dallas match. The battle of the two amazing unbeaten runs, Dallas and their league-record unbeaten run (and their unbeaten streak on the road that no one is mentioning) going against RSL and their ridiculous home unbeaten run. One has to end right? We’ll see as these two will preview what will likely be a first round series in the western conference.

Let’s not beat around the push here, time for some previews.

Friday

Chivas USA – at – Seattle Sounders FC

No team is playing better than Seattle these days, I’d even put them as hotter than Dallas or RSL at this point. The bad thing is winning pretty much ensures they will face the Galaxy in the first round, not someone they’ve had success with this season. Going against Chivas however should continue to get them ready for the playoffs or even give them a chance to rest a couple starters if they’d like.

The Sounders could be a bit gassed though do to the midweek friendly (why a friendly this late?!) but I see them coming out on top. Their offense is just too much for a Chivas defense that lets in its fair share of goals.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Chivas 0

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Saturday

D.C. United – at – Chicago Fire

Both are playing for 2011 now, or in D.C.’s case playing for the third overall pick in January’s SuperDraft. Can’t say there is a lot of reason to be all that jazzed for this one outside of D.C. or Chicago. It feels like a draw but I’ll go bold and say D.C. sneaks away with a win thanks to Rookie of the Year Andy Najar.

WVH Prediction: D.C. 1, Chicago 0

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Columbus Crew – at – Toronto FC

I think the Crew have to find a way to turn things around in this one agains their rivals from the North. I believe the Toronto fans are doing some protesting at this one so they’ll likely not be a factor in this one which should play to the Crew’s advantage. No Dwayne De Rosario due to yellow card accumulation means Columbus should walk with three points.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Toronto 1

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New York Red Bulls – at – Philadelphia Union

The Union have looked good at times this year against lesser competition but New York is no easy foe these days. Philly is very good at PPL Park but as we saw against LA they have times where they give up a lot of space and a good team like New York will gobble it up with their speed. I think the Red Bulls know they can lock up the eastern conference crown with a win here tomorrow night and will come away with it. I just wonder now that the cat is out of the bag with regards to Juan Pablo Angel leaving after this season if it will create some un-welcomed distractions in the locker room.

WVH Prediction: New York 2, Philadelphia 1

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Kansas City Wizards – at – New England Revolution

The do-or-die theme lives on for the Wizards who are clearly one bad slip up from not making the playoffs. Going against a spoiler like the Revs it won’t be easy this weekend to get all three points. However the mental toughness that the Wizards showed against Chicago in the midweek lets me believe they will live to fight another day by putting even more pressure on the Colorado Rapids to get a point this weekend in LA. KC moves on but not by much as New England will give them fits.

WVH Prediction: Kansas City 1, New England 0

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FC Dallas – at – Real Salt Lake

I had a feeling a couple months ago that both teams would be headed for this very game with streaks still going. Both teams want to win this one that is for sure. The midfield battle in this one will be outstanding as you have Javier Morales and Kyle Beckerman going against David Ferreira and Jason Hernandez. Dallas cannot afford to give RSL any set pieces in this one as they’ve struggled with handling them in recent weeks. For me this one seems like it should be a draw but I have trouble going against RSL when they are at Rio Tinto, though this one should be a very solid game. Plus Dallas was the last team to beat RSL this season so the revenge factor weighs in a bit more for me too.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Dallas 1

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Houston Dynamo – at – San Jose Earthquakes

Houston going to the Bay area without Geoff Cameron which isn’t a good thing seeing how Chris Wondolowski is hotter than anyone in the league right now. The Dynamo defense has given up plenty of goals this year too which makes believe Wondo will add to his season tally in this one.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 3, Houston 1

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Colorado Rapids – at – LA Galaxy

A whole lot rides on this match for the Rapids if Kansas City wins in New England. If they don’t then the Rapids are in the playoffs and this just becomes a matter of playoff positioning for them. The Galaxy on the other hand hope to wrap up the Supporter’s Shield trophy with a win in this one. Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan and David Beckham looked nicely in sync in the last couple weeks, I figure that trend will continue here.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, Colorado 1

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