- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 24, 2013
- 3 Comments
- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 13, Features
First off, forgive me for the lack of posts yesterday. I had the day off from the real world and took full advantage of it by just getting tons of other little things done that I’ve been putting off for ages. So thanks.
Now on to the task at hand. MLS rolls into the final week of the May. I skipped over the What To Watch For this week so I’ll try to provide a little more context to the weekend ahead before I get into my predictions.
1. Montreal humming along. The Impact are still a club that I feel is not getting the respect that they deserve so far this season. It may be due to the fact that they’ve only played ten games where the clubs above them in the Eastern Conference have two or three more games in the books on them. I look at these next few weeks as huge for the Impact both in the league and in the Canadian Championships. If they want to be taken serious by all, winning in both is key. They host a streaky Philadelphia club this weekend, which brings another chance for Marco Di Vaio to do his usual thing up front for them.
2. Rivalry budding between SKC and Houston. We know where this one has been going for years. Ever since the Dynamo were moved to the Eastern Conference to make way for Portland and Vancouver to join the league in the West, these two have been getting a nice rivalry going. Most of that is due to the fact that they’ve met in the conference finals the last two years and throw in the fact that Sporting just ended Houston’s long unbeaten streak at home and this one has a lot to be excited by. Houston knows how to win at Sporting, so this one will certainly go either way this weekend. Easily the game I am looking forward to the most.
3. Sounders hope to continue hot form. No team is hotter in MLS right now than Seattle. Eight goals in their last two games, both at home against conference foes is a big deal. But I look at what Dallas was able to do against Seattle in the second half of last week’s 4-2 win for the Sounders as proof that good teams will give this Sounder club trouble if they aren’t pressing enough. Sigi Schmid’s team took the foot off the gas for just long enough for Dallas to get two quick goals. Seattle may have won that game but they have to play a complete game to continue their charge up the standings. They get LA on the road this weekend, never an easy game for the Sounders. The contrasting style of play out of both clubs makes it difficult for Seattle to play their speed game from the wings and up front.
4. Is anyone talking about RSL? The quick answer is no. Everyone in the West is focused on Dallas, Portland, LA and Seattle while Jason Kreis’ club is sneaking up and around everyone. Currently RSL is second in the West and have been sneaky good as of late. One reason why they may not be getting the respect is due to who they have lost to. They’ve dropped games against good clubs like Montreal, Dallas, LA, and even against rivals Colorado. Kreis and company just need to continue to win no matter what and with Chivas USA in town, that form should continue.
Portland Timbers at D.C. United: The Timbers still only have one loss on the season, an early loss at home to Montreal. But there is something about this roadie to D.C. that could be trouble for Caleb Porter’s bunch. United have been much better these last couple of weeks and now that Chris Pontius and Nick DeLeon are healthy to go with Dwayne De Rosario, some results should begin to trickle in.
WVH Prediction: D.C. 1, Portland 1
Philadelphia Union at Montreal Impact: Who will be in defense for the Union now that Bakary Soumare is back in Chicago? Honestly, I don’t think he would have made that big of a difference against the Impact, who are rested and at home.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 2, Philadelphia 0
Toronto FC at New England Revolution: A good defense against a bad offense. Yeah, this one could be ugly or just plain boring.
WVH Prediction: New England 2, Toronto 1
San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas: A tricky game for both clubs. Dallas should be fairly healthy for this one as David Ferreira and Andrew Jacobson are at least projected to return to the lineup. If George John comes back as well three points should follow. San Jose is a tricky team that doesn’t go away easy but their form isn’t that great either (one win in five).
WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, San Jose 1
Chivas USA at Colorado Rapids: Another club no one is talking enough about is Colorado. They get Chivas for what feels like the fifth time already this season. Chivas is a bit of a joke these days and going to Colorado won’t change that fact.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Chivas 0
Chicago Fire at Real Salt Lake: That trade for Soumare was about three or four weeks too late for the Fire. But they have more issues than their defense too. Salt Lake has just enough talent on offense to continue their solid form at home.
WVH Prediction: RSL 3, Chicago 1
Houston Dynamo at Sporting KC: Game of the week in my books. Both teams love to battle and play their style of games. How Houston responds to their two game losing streak will be interesting to see as well, especially on the road. My money is on a tight draw out of this one.
WVH Prediction: SKC 1, Houston 1
Columbus Crew at New York Red Bulls: I want to see the Crew do well in this one but honestly, I’m not expecting anything big out of them on the road against a very good New York side right now. Mike Petke has everything working correctly at the moment and most of that is due to the fact that his defense is healthy. A healthy Red Bulls defense is a dangerous thing.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Columbus 0
Seattle Sounders at LA Galaxy: Both teams want the points, so this battle should be a good one. Seattle is red hot while the Galaxy have lost three out of their last four (most of them being on the road). Form speaks and I think Seattle edges out LA in this one if they are able to continue to get production out of Eddie Johnson and Lamar Neagle.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, LA 1