- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 5, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 19, Features
After a busy midweek slate of games in Major League Soccer, the season rolls on into another full weekend. Week 19 is certainly a busy one as the summer heats up.
1. Double dip. The busy week extends to most clubs in MLS this week as clubs had both midweek games and weekend games to deal with. Teams like Chivas and D.C. United have the tough task of remaining on the road this weekend too. United are going from Seattle to Colorado this week while Chivas was in Dallas last night before heading out to Montreal this weekend. Tough turn arounds for both sides that are struggling.
Seeing how teams deal with the double dip this week will certainly be a talking point. Some clubs may opt for mixed lineups to save some tired legs while others may go all out and play their usual starters despite the big minutes in the midweek and the travel on Thursday or Friday.
2. Cascadia Cup hits Vancouver. Obviously the big talk on Saturday will be the match in the Pacific Northwest between two of the hotter teams in MLS, Vancouver and Seattle. The Whitecaps host this edition of the Cascadia Cup and this one could end up being one of the better games in the series given the form of both clubs. Camilo continues to play well for Vancouver as he has seven goals and two assists since the beginning of June for Vancouver. On the other end Obafemi Martins continues to score goals of his own for the Sounders.
This one however will come down to the midfield play. Seattle and their four-man approach against Vancouver’s three man group that sees two holding midfielders trying to clog up the passing lanes.
3. Gold Cup fun. This weekend kicks off the Gold Cup, which means depth will be tested across MLS. Two teams that are getting hit the hardest are Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers. No surprise there given how both teams are doing this season. Salt Lake will lose four players for this month’s tournament but Jason Kreis has found a way to win this season with his young depth. Still losing his captain (Kyle Beckerman), his goalkeeper (Nick Rimando), his top forward (Álvaro Saborío) and one of his two fullbacks (Tony Beltran) will be tough.
Portland on the other hand has three key players to replace as well. Rodney Wallace, Will Johnson and Donovan Ricketts all will be gone for the coming weeks as Caleb Porter turns to his depth to find answers and keep their unbeaten run in tact.
Other teams that are hit hard include Toronto (four players), San Jose (four players), Vancouver (three players) and Philadelphia (two players).
San Jose Earthquakes at New England Revolution: The road trip continues for San Jose and it won’t get any easier for them in New England. They struggled to beat Chicago on Wednesday and the Revs are much better defensively and they’re well rested.
WVH Prediction: New England 2, San Jose 0
Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo: The Union looked good in Salt Lake on Wednesday but failed to come away with three points. Houston needs to bounce back but they haven’t been on good form lately. This one screams draw to me.
WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Philadelphia 1
Seattle Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps: This could easily be the game of the week, two really good teams at the moment going head-to-head and it is a rivalry game. Like I mentioned above, the midfield battle will win this one. I’m actually going to side with the Caps in this one.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Seattle 1
Sporting KC at Chicago Fire: Can the Fire continue their winning ways here against a rival? I think it is certainly possible as SKC hasn’t been consistent on defense lately. I think this one ends level though as Mike Magee gets another goal and Kei Kamara ties it up late.
WVH Prediction: SKC 1, Chicago 1
Portland Timbers at Columbus Crew: Tired legs of the Crew going against a rested Portland team on the road. I like the Timbers’ chances in this one.
WVH Prediction: Portland 2, Columbus 0
Chivas USA at Montreal Impact: Chivas showed me a thing or two last night in Dallas. They can handle teams that possess the ball well and Montreal is a team that loves to pack it in with the ball and go direct when moving up the field. Expect a fast and open game in that case which does favor the visitors. Montreal also hasn’t been good in their last two games, giving up seven goals. Still, they’ll beat Chivas.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 3, Chivas 1
D.C. United at Colorado Rapids: Two straight home games against banged up Eastern Conference teams just makes it too easy for Colorado.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, D.C. 0
FC Dallas at LA Galaxy: Another candidate for game of the week here. Both teams have been struggling lately but this could be a fun one to watch. I think LA’s home field advantage will play out in this one as Robbie Keane proves to be too much for the Dallas back line that will be without George John.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, Dallas 1