2013 MLS Season, Week 12: What To Watch For

2013 MLS Season, Week 12: What To Watch For

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 16, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 12, Features
FC Dallas hopes to prove their worth in Seattle this weekend. (Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE)

FC Dallas hopes to prove their worth in Seattle this weekend. (Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE)

It is already Thursday in these parts. No complaints from this guy that this week has moved forward quickly here. MLS had one midweek game that ended rather one sided last night as LA dominated the Philadelphia Union late in the second half to the tune of a 4-1 scoreline. Yeah, didn’t see that explosion coming on the road from the Galaxy like that.

Time to move into the weekend schedule. We have two rivalry games with one sort of wanna-be rivalry on tap for this weekend. In all we have some good games to go over.

Here are some quick points that Ill be keeping watch over the weekend.

Dallas out to make believers in Seattle

The best way for FC Dallas to make a believer in all of us is simple. Go on the road to Seattle this weekend and win a big game against a relatively hot club without David Ferreira, George John and Andrew Jacobson. Yep, do it without the key spin of the formation for Schellas Hyndman and you can bet people will finally take serious note of you.

I’ll go over this game more at length over at BigDSoccer.com today, tomorrow and even on Saturday but you can bet that this will be a game that many will be out to watch on Saturday.

Seattle is playing extremely well as of late and have really turned things around after their slow start in March. The big thing that has changed is players are healthy and are playing to the level that we expected them to in Seattle. Sigi Schmid has also given Osvaldo Alonso a little more freedom to do what he does best, be a terror on the field in the center of the park. If Dallas gives his the freedom to roam the field at his pleasure, it will be a long evening for them on Saturday.

The thing that Dallas can do to win this game is make Seattle chase the game a bit. Dallas does a great job in getting the ball forward and even more so at getting the ball wide. When Dallas plays to the wings with Jackson, Kenny Cooper and Fabian Castillo, good things happen for them.

The big deal will still come down to if Ferreira, John and Jacobson fail to make the trip and play. My gut tells me that they’ll rest at least one of those three players with John being the most likely of those three. If this game were played on grass, all three would travel and start. It is as simple as that.

The 1% Cup

I believe that is what the kids are calling the New York-LA Galaxy rivalry these days. Fitting name really.

LA got off to a good start to their week last night in Philadelphia but things won’t come that easy against the red hot Red Bulls this weekend in New Jersey. Mike Petke has his team playing very well and with Dax McCarty potentially coming back into the midfield, that could help lock things down even more defensively.

New York appears to be on the edge of being a really, really good team here this season to me. They still have some issues that need sorted out but what club doesn’t at this point in the year? The thing is they need a statement win and I’m not sure this one against the Galaxy would be it. In my book, they need a statement win on the road in a place like Seattle, Portland, LA or Kansas City. But they can do some good work convincing me at home against the Galaxy, who will have some tired legs for Saturday.

Either way, this will be a fun one to watch on Sunday.

Other matches:

Columbus at Toronto: Hey, a rivalry game. Just too bad the Crew aren’t where they should be at this point and Toronto is trying to loan in all of QPR before the summer starts.

Portland at Vancouver: I should have given this one more time to discuss but it is the little brother of the entire Cascadia Cup rivalry right? Eh.

Chicago at Philadelphia: Didn’t we go through this one last week? Seriously, what is up with this scheduling this year?

New England at Houston: Time for the Dynamo to start a new home winning record.

Colorado at San Jose: One up and coming team that no one is talking about (Colorado) against a team that gets a little too much hype for what they did last year (San Jose).

Sporting KC at D.C. United: Should be a game that SKC dominates but what it be one that they struggle in.

Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA: Expansion mates square off. Yeah, I got nothing else to say about this one right now.