2013 MLS Season, Week 8: What To Watch For

2013 MLS Season, Week 8: What To Watch For

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 18, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 8, Features
Can Sigi Schmid and his Sounders get things going this weekend? (Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports)

Can Sigi Schmid and his Sounders get things going this weekend? (Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports)

I don’t think Sporting KC fans will complain much about how their week has gotten started. Last night Sporting went to New York and down the Red Bulls 1-0. For now, Peter Vermes’ club heads into the weekend as the top dog in the Eastern Conference.

On the flip side FC Dallas remains at home this weekend when they host Vancouver. Can the league’s top team continue their form? We’ll soon find out.

Week 8 in MLS has a full slate of games with just the Montreal Impact off for the weekend. Here are some items that I will be keeping a closer eye on this weekend.

Cannabis Cup

Who ever made the league schedule got very clever with this one. Two of the countries’ states that marijuana┬áis legal in see their MLS squads facing off against one another on the high holiday that is 4/20. Very clever.

Still when the Colorado Rapids and the Seattle Sounders square off, it will be a big game. Why? Because everyone is waiting and watching as to whether or not the Sounders can finally make a break through in this early season. So far it has been a tough road for Sigi Schmid’s club. Two points out of five games. Not good enough for a club that many had pegged for a MLS Cup run in 2013.

Let’s also throw out the fact that these may be the two most banged up clubs in the league at the moment. Colorado still has several key players out for Oscar Pareja while rookies like Deshorn Brown and Dillon Powers are stepping up. Seattle hasn’t been able to say the same thing about their attack as Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins have been out. Johnson could be back for this one, which should help things out.

Slide time for Galaxy?

We know that MLS clubs tend to struggle after their CCL run is over. Last week for the LA Galaxy they failed to get much going against FC Dallas – up until they went down a man. They had some decent play after that point when Leonardo was sent off but still lost the game due to a late goal.

So what does that mean for them this week? Well, they get a Sporting KC club at home who is coming off a road win in New York last night. Yep. A cross country trip is in store for Sporting KC.

LA should be able to manage that as they get guys like Todd Dunivant back in the line up and possibly even Robbie Keane. It is a shame that SKC had to make a cross country trip on short rest for this one as it would have easily been one of the best match ups of the weekend had both teams been rested enough for it. But that is how an unbalanced schedule acts.

SKC will likely still press high like they always do and use their ridiculous defense to keep Landon Donovan and company at bay. Even with the injuries, CCL hangover and short rest for SKC, this should be a fantastic game to watch.

Other matches:

Houston at Toronto: Danger kind of game for Houston on the road. Toronto has looked better in recent week even though they are giving up late goals. In other words, don’t turn this game off if someone has a one goal lead going into the final 10 minutes of the game.

New England at New York: Could be an emotional game for the Revs. Very curious to see how they respond after the events of this week.

Columbus at Chicago: Dominic Oduro against his old club. Dilly Duka against his old club. Yep. That is the story line for this one.

Vancouver at Dallas: First of two meetings this month between these two. Dallas hasn’t lost since Week 2.

Chivas at Salt Lake: I like RLS at home but it may be hard not to want to watch this one with Chivas on the road.

Philadelphia at D.C.: A rivalry game of some sorts, depending on who you ask. Can D.C. finally step up to the plate here?

Portland at San Jose: Return match from last week’s game in Portland. My money is on the Quakes.