2013 MLS Season, Week 10: What To Watch For

2013 MLS Season, Week 10: What To Watch For

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 2, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 10, Features
Can Portland keep moving up the standings?  (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

Can Portland keep moving up the standings? (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

I honestly can’t start this weekend’s preview without giving a big hat tip to the Portland Timbers.

If you didn’t know, yesterday the Timbers played the Green Machine in a Make-A-Wish for an eight-year old boy named Atticus who is battling cancer. The Green Machine won the game 10-9 in front of a 3000 fans at JELD-WEN Field. Yes, 3k showed up for a small sided game on a Wednesday morning. Amazing stuff.

If you haven’t read the report or watched the recap, do so now, and then come back here and read the rest of this post.

Okay, ya good? A little lump in your throat? It should be.

Anyways, time to get down to business of this weekend. MLS rolls into the double digits in the week numbers at number 10. We start the week tonight with a game in Portland and go through the weekend to Sunday with eight total games. Chicago, D.C. United and FC Dallas are all off this weekend as well.

Can Portland maintain their momentum?

Aside from yesterday’s game against the Green Machine, the Portland Timbers have not lost a game since March 9. Only FC Dallas has the same kind of impressive run going on here. The Timbers host the New England Revolution tonight.

The Revs are coming off their second win of the season last weekend, a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. For the first time this season we’ve actually seen what the Revs are possibly capable of but I don’t expect a repeat in Portland. New England is expected to be without a few key players in the defense like rookie Andrew Farrell. That is no beuno for a tough road trip.

The Timbers just need to keep their momentum going here. Guys like Will Johnson and Ryan Johnson are a key part of that but so is Darlington Nagbe. As long as that offense continues to click, things will be fine there. I don’t see the Revs having enough offense to stay with the Timbers for 90 minutes here. As good as Lee Nguyen was last week against Philadelphia, things won’t be that easy on the road.

Some folks are calling the Timbers a legitimate contender here already after these last few weeks. I think they are close some more wins will certainly help their case in my mind.

Canadian teams save anything for the weekend?

It was going to be hard not to mention Montreal’s drubbing of Toronto last night. A whopping 6-0 result to take the series in a 6-2 scoreline. Holy smokes. Vancouver also moved on in the Canadian championship with a 2-0 win over Edmonton at home. I’m honestly not sure which club made it look easier out of the two that are moving on.

But now all three move towards the weekend and each are on the road as well. Ouch. Montreal travels west to San Jose and after last night’s game, I wonder, do they have anything left in the tank? I mean scoring six goals in a game is one thing but being able to have an ounce of offense for the next outing just a couple days later on the other side of the country is another.

Toronto has to pick themselves up after the loss and go into Colorado as well. That won’t be an easy match even with all of Colorado’s injury issues. Ryan Nelsen once again stated that he hopes last night’s win would be a turning point for his club this season. For the Reds’ fans sake, I hope it isn’t a turn in the wrong direction.

Vancouver on the other hand has to head to Salt Lake. That game may be the biggest toss up in my mind this entire weekend. The two sides played one another three weeks ago to a 1-1 draw in Vancouver. Lately RSL hasn’t looked that good both home and away, which begs the question, can they make the most of a tired Vancouver team? We’ll have to wait and see.

Other games:

Seattle at Philadelphia: I’m not reading into the slow start for Seattle but I do expect this one to be a close one.

New York at Columbus: Let’s not allow the scoreboard to get caught on fire again okay? Good. This one could be a dandy of a game seeing how well both are playing these days.

Chivas USA at Sporting KC: Peter Vermes’ side needs to bounce back after that disappointing loss at home last week. If not, they could be staring at a big mountain in the East.

Houston at LA: Rematch of the last two MLS Cups. No Brad Davis though will be tough for Houston.