- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 12, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 20, Features
Ah yes, the weekend. MLS teams move forward in July as the Gold Cup has certainly taken some key players from various clubs. Here are some items I’ll be looking out for this weekend followed up by my weekend predictions.
1. Gold Cup fun. This is technically the second weekend of the Gold Cup. Some clubs already had to deal with roster losses last weekend but more will follow this weekend. Depth will be key for many clubs this week and next. Look at the RSL-Dallas game for instance. Both teams are dealing with big roster changes for different reasons. Dallas has injuries and RSL has call-ups. Both will effect the outcome of their game on Saturday for sure.
2. Clubs on the move. Right now we are seeing a few clubs on the move in positive directions. Colorado for one has been very good as of late getting results against Eastern Conference foes over the last few weeks, none bigger than their 4-3 win at Montreal.
Elsewhere, Chivas USA appears to be going back into a somewhat positive direction after a couple draws. Their 0-0 draw to FC Dallas last week showed that the tide is slowly starting to turn for them. Then they nearly got a win in Montreal. I still believe this club is a player or three away from actually turning this momentum into anything real at the moment. They lack a playmaker that can hold the ball, they lack a true goal scorer up top and their defense is still shaky. But this young team is starting to impress more after being a laughing stock for so long.
3. Will Houston respond? I feel like it has been ages since the Houston Dynamo actually looked good this season. Injuries, call-ups and other things have left us wanting way more out of this club in 2013. Dominic Kinnear’s team did get a win last week against Philadelphia, their first win since the beginning of May. Still, I fell left wanting to see more out of them. We’ll get a good look at how much that win over the Union means this weekend when they travel to New England, one of the league’s best defensive clubs. I still have my doubts about Houston’s offense finding their way here and going against that defense I don’t see it happening this weekend.
4. Timbers and Galaxy. This will be the match of the weekend for sure but it comes at a price with the Gold Cup happening. Not to mention Portland’s 1-0 loss last weekend in Columbus sort of derailed the momentum that Caleb Porter’s club had going for them here. Still, this will be a fun game as the Galaxy are finally back on track here this season and we know what kind of pressure they’ll bring to this game.
Chivas USA at Philadelphia Union: The lone Friday game kicks off the weekend in MLS. Chivas has looked better in their last couple of games but I think their luck runs out in this one as the Union are certainly the better team here. Not to mention, three road games in one week is brutal.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, Chivas 0
Montreal Impact at New York Red Bulls: I feel like we’ve seen this game a dozen times already this season. Still, both teams are good when they want to be and both need three points to get back on the right path here. Each have just one win in their last four games. I think it will be another close one but the Red Bulls pull it out at home.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Montreal 1
Houston Dynamo at New England Revolution: Defensive will win out in this one. In that case, go with the Revs.
WVH Prediction: New England 1, Houston 0
Toronto FC at Sporting KC: Oddly enough the last time these two got together in KC, Toronto won. But that was way back in March and these two clubs are drastically different than they were back then. I’m taking the home side in this one as I still don’t know what to truly make of Toronto here.
WVH Prediction: Sporting KC 2, Toronto 0
Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas: RSL is winless in every game that they have ever played at in the State of Texas. Both teams are dealing with a lot of injuries and call-ups. This will be a close draw in the end.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, RSL 1
Seattle Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes: We can expect this one to be pretty entertaining as well, but mostly physical given the Quakes’ involvement. As always with a San Jose home game, expect this one to go until the very last whistle. A draw seems more likely in this one though.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Seattle 1
LA Galaxy at Portland Timbers: Call-ups for Portland will make this one interesting but Porter has the depth to go at it with LA here. The main thing will be to see how the Timbers deal with their first loss since March. The last time they lost they did go on a ridiculous 15-game unbeaten run so. We’ll see.
WVH Prediction: Portland 1, LA 0
Chicago Fire at Vancouver Whitecaps: Both teams have been good as of late. The Mike Magee factor will make this one entertaining for sure but I think the Whitecaps carry their Cascadia Cup win last week over into this one.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Chicago 1