- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 21, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 17, Features
Things will be getting back to normal in Major League Soccer. The international window for World Cup qualifiers and friendlies is over (for now) as the league moves into the summer.
1. Spotlight on Jack Mac. Go ahead and set your DVR for Sunday’s clash between New York and Philadelphia. Not only because the Union are now tied for third in the East but mostly due to the fact that this should be Jack McInerney’s chance to show his worth to Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the Gold Cup. Jack Mac and the Union host the Red Bulls in a big clash that will, at least in my book, go a long way in determining how real this squad is.
For McInerney it is all about showing his worth to Klinsmann though. I smell a goal or two for him on the day given New York’s injury concerns in the back and a suspension to Jamison Olave.
2. Don’t sleep on the RSL-Seattle rivalry. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m calling the Real Salt Lake-Seattle Sounders series a rivalry. There is no fancy name or Cup involved but the facts speak for themselves when these two get together. The games are always tight. Only once have these two ever scored more than a single goal on the other in a regular season game. Only once! Most of the games, including playoff games, ended 1-1 or 0-0.
RSL knows what a win this weekend could mean for them on the season. Should results fall in line for them on the weekend they could be sitting in first place in the league once it is all said and done. That has to be enough motivation as the home to get a result here.
3. Chicago getting the better of the Mike Magee deal. At least so far they are. Five games in and Magee has scored in everyone of them, including a US Open Cup match. In a way this deal got Chicago going on the season and lately they have been very hot. It wasn’t like there wasn’t good talent on this team before he got there, no they had players. It was just that nothing was clicking at the time. Now, with Magee (and Bakery Soumare in the back), the Fire are rolling. They’re unbeaten in their last four. A nice turnaround given how they had lost seven games on the season before Magee arrived.
4. Rivalry in LA resumes. Well, sort of. I suppose you can continue to call the SuperClasico a rivalry. Chivas and the LA Galaxy will continue to share the StubHub Center but the Goats will always continue to play second fiddle to the Galaxy until they take things serious here. If anything this is a game that will allow the Galaxy to shake off some dust and crap that they have been dealing with over the last month or so in league action. Wednesday’s draw against Portland showed that they have the defensive chops to deal with pressure but the offense has to click again.
San Jose Earthquakes at D.C. United – Is it even worth taking D.C. United in any kind of result anymore? Part of me thinks this is a perfect chance for them to get at least a point at home but they’ve disappointed too often this season. San Jose still has talent and will physically beat United in this game.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, D.C. 0
Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew – A little rivalry game here that no one is really talking about. The Crew got a big win last weekend over Montreal but they have to show they make keep the momentum going for a second weekend in a row. Chicago won’t be an easy out this time either. At least Chad Marshall is back in the defense, which makes things always better for the Crew.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Chicago 1
Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas – Should be a lively game between two teams that love to pressure the ball. Sporting will need to be smart about sending numbers forward because Dallas is an underrated counter attacking team. Not to mention those set pieces from Michel are deadly. This one could be tight or could be a blow out too given the history between these sides.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Sporting 1
Toronto FC at Houston Dynamo – Hey, Toronto got a road win last week. But that doesn’t mean jack to me as they head to Houston. While the Dynamo are winless in their last five, getting a team like Toronto in town is always a good cure for the offensive woes.
WVH Prediction: Houston 3, Toronto 1
Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake – Two teams on good form collide tomorrow night in Sandy. How both handle getting players back from international duty is key. Seattle has more players to re-incert into the line up while RSL should be fairly settled. That may be enough of a difference to side with Jason Kreis’ club in this one.
WVH Prediction: RSL 1, Seattle 0
New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union – Could be the game of the week. Thanks to the MLS schedule we haven’t really seen New York in a few weeks. Philadelphia is playing very well and for me they don’t have the same amount of question marks as the visitors do this weekend.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, New York 0
Colorado Rapids at Portland Timbers – I will go ahead and say it, the Rapids will give the Timbers fits. However, they won’t be able to do it for the full 90. Portland is just rolling right now and they’ll get three more points here from this one.
WVH Prediction: Portland 2, Colorado 1
Chivas USA at LA Galaxy – Chivas has been very poor defensively this season which means LA should get out of their funk offensively come Sunday evening.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, Chivas 1