- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 7, 2012
- 0 Comments
- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 27, 2014 World Cup, 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, USMNT
This is something I am thinking of either doing from time to time or even on a weekly basis. Just some random thoughts, questions going into the weekend for the state of MLS and US Soccer. With a FIFA date upon us, a lot of MLS players are out with their respective countries, while some MLS teams either have games (one league game and a few friendlies are on the menu this weekend) or others are off completely hoping to get back in the swing of things for the playoff push.
So, a Friday Five if you will. A micro brain dump of what I am thinking going into the weekend.
1. Can Chivas USA spring the upset in Seattle?
It wasn’t long ago that Seattle went down to LA and crushed – and I mean crushed – Chivas USA. A 6-2 blowout that really showcased how good Seattle can be on any given day and how bad of a team Chivas USA really is down to it’s core. For some reason this rematch of a game is set for tomorrow evening and you have to wonder what Chivas will really make of it when they go to Seattle. The Goats have played well on the road this season – which makes me think this could be a bit of a trap game for the Sounders.
2. But does Chivas USA have any fight left in them?
It’s a tough question to ask for Robin Fraser and his Goats. After that 6-2 beating, they lost another blowout in San Jose followed by a wild 3-3 draw in New England. Some fight is there, we’ve seen it in games like at New England but let’s face it the Revs are not nearly on the same level as the Sounders are right now. If Fraser can finally get some offense out of guys like rookie Casey Townsend and Juan Agudelo – which by the way look to be a good duo together – then there is a chance.
3. What do Eidur Gudjohnsen and Christian Wilhelmsson bring to the table?
On the surface I love seeing more Scandinavian guys in MLS. I’m a Swede at heart so having another one in the league brings a smile to my face. Wilhelmsson is a quality player and obviously LA got him on the cheap – there is no doubt about that in my mind. If he can adapt to MLS in a hurry it will be a pickup that could help them get back to a MLS Cup.
Gudjohnsen is a different animal all together. At one point he was a beast in his career as he played for the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona. The 33-year old will have to come to Seattle cheap if they end up signing him but honestly he is insurance for Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero in terms of scoring. Once he finds his way within a MLS defense he should have little issue finding the back of the net enough to give the Sounders what they need out of him.
If anything these two signings (well Gudjohnsen is still a potential one at this stage) show that the league is growing in the right direction in terms of being able to attract these kind of quality individuals.
4. What kind of fun will unfold in the two games with Jamaica for the US?
The home and home series with the Reggae Boyz should be a fun one, no doubt about it. The US is looking for six points at the most but I think just about anyone that watches the US close enough would take four points as well from these two games with Jamaica. The thing that is dangerous about these two games is that Jamaica is hungry to end their drought against the US. They certainly have the talent to be dangerous and if the US isn’t careful enough, they’ll pull it off too.
5. Don’t sleep on the Canada-Panama games as well.
One series that is certainly intriguing from a MLS standpoint is Canada-Panama. Both sides are full of players in MLS including FC Dallas’ Blas Perez. He tore up qualifying last time around before hurting his foot and now that he is back and healthy you have to think he will be gunning to do the same against the Canucks. Do yourself a favor and watch these two games as well.