2013 MLS Season, Week 7: What To Watch For

2013 MLS Season, Week 7: What To Watch For

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 11, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 7, Features
Will more celebration be in store for Chivas USA this weekend? (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

Will more celebration be in store for Chivas USA this weekend? (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

More disappointment for MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League. Honestly, I may go into this more but for Seattle and LA, their semifinal losses do show how painfully close MLS is to getting the job done against their Liga MX counterparts.

Hopefully there will be some time today to discuss that topic.

For now, I do want to get into this weekends’ action in MLS. Nine games again, back to the full schedule with one club off (Sporting KC). Plenty of good games and some interesting match ups on tap for us this weekend.

We get one rivalry game on Saturday along with a couple other interesting games that could help show us who are the contenders here in this early part of the season and who are just playing the game.

Western Conference race heats up

It may be hard to believe it but the race in the West is already a hot one. For now, three teams are leading the pack with two of them coming out of the Home Depot Center.

The LA Galaxy must pick themselves up after last night’s loss in Monterrey and head to Dallas for their big meeting with FC Dallas on Saturday evening. The Galaxy are the only remaining unbeaten team in MLS right now. Yeah, let that sink in for a second. Dallas on the other hand is the league’s top team in terms of points but no one is really giving them credit as being the league’s top club. A win at home against the Galaxy may change that.

Dallas will need to be sure to play for a full 90 minutes in this one as they’ve looked shaky in late game situations these last couple of weeks. Against Houston they nearly blew a 2-0 lead before Kenny Cooper scored in stoppage time and last week in Toronto they gave up two goals in the final five minutes of play to leave Canada with just one point instead of three.

On the other side of the race is Chivas USA. The Goats are home this to the Colorado Rapids, a very winnable game for El Chelis’ troops. Chivas has been the big surprise for many this season while Colorado has been one of the most banged up clubs of the early season. To be honest, this doesn’t seem like a fair fight given how Chivas was doing before their weekend off in Week 6.

Impact back on top?

The race in the other conference is also pretty darn interesting at the moment as well. While Sporting KC is off for the weekend, it gives the Montreal Impact a chance to beef up their point lead in the East.

The Impact are home this weekend to the Columbus Crew, another club that is in the race right now. Columbus looks to be a club that is nearly there in some respects of getting into the discussion of being one of the better clubs in the East this season. They certainly have the talent to make a claim and a win this weekend on the road in Montreal would certainly help their cause.

Montreal has to make sure they control the game at home and not allow the Crew to use their speed on the wings and ability up front with Federico Higuain to dominate this game.

Columbus and Sporting KC aren’t the only clubs in the chase at the moment. The Houston Dynamo are just three points from first and are home this weekend to the Chicago Fire. As I’ve joked before on here, you just don’t walk in to BBVA Compass Stadium as a visitor and expect three points. The Dynamo are one game away claiming some fancy home unbeaten streak record too.

If anything the pressure is going to be on Montreal this weekend to win. They are truly a contender this season, this game at home won’t be anything that they’ll worry too much over. But given who all is behind them in the standings, you gotta think they may be feeling some pressure even as early as it is in the season.

Seattle looks for first victory

We know the Sounders crashed out of the CCL like the Galaxy did but the bigger question is how they handle the rest of the season from here. They are still a bit banged up from their early season travels in Mexico but their game on Tuesday against Santos Laguna proved to me that this dog still has a ton of fight left in them for the rest of the year.

I believe that once their offense truly gets going that everything else will click for them. Seattle will need that offense to find its way soon though as they take on one of the league’s tougher defensive clubs in the New England Revolution on Saturday.

The Revs have allowed just two goals this season, both in losses. Seattle will want to control the game from the start and put loads of pressure on the young Revolution back line. New England has talent but they don’t have the depth up front at the moment to compete in a game like this with Seattle.

Other games:

Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union – Could be one of the better games this weekend. Both clubs still have loads to prove but Toronto may have the edge in momentum after last week’s draw with Dallas.

Salt Lake at Vancouver – RSL needs to show a little more heart in my book right now. Vancouver is good enough to control the game but will the distractions in camp with Omar Salgado keep them from being able to get three points at home?

New York at D.C. United – Atlantic Cup baby. Yeah. With how both clubs are playing at the moment the excitement for leg two of this series isn’t nearly as good as it were back in Week 3.

San Jose at Portland – Timbers go for two straight for Caleb Porter. I think its a good possibility too.