2013 MLS Season, Week 21: Weekend Outlook

2013 MLS Season, Week 21: Weekend Outlook

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 19, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 21, Features
RSL and SKC battle it out this weekend to see who is the best club in MLS. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

RSL and SKC battle it out this weekend to see who is the best club in MLS. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The weekend is here and there is one game on the schedule that everyone is talking about.

1. MLS Cup preview in Salt Lake? Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC go head-to-head this weekend at Rio Tinto Stadium in what really should be labeled as a MLS Cup preview. But unfortunately for some watching this one won’t be showing the two clubs at their very best. Yes, just like I mentioned last week, the Gold Cup is getting in the way of some big MLS games. RSL is down a few key players — Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran and Alvaro Saborio — remain with their countries at the Gold Cup through the weekend. Sporting KC lost center back stalwart Matt Besler to the same event.

Still, this game should have the makings of a classic on Saturday. RSL is red-hot at the moment, proving that they had the depth to go through this long season and still get results. Sporting KC recalled C.J. Sapong from his loan to Orlando City for this one as well. At the end of it all though we still get to see Graham Zusi and Javier Morales go toe-to-toe. I love it.

2. Struggling sides collide in Montreal. This easily could have been a preview game as well had it been played two months ago. Lately both Montreal and Dallas have been struggling big time. The Impact have been giving up goals left and right while Dallas just struggles to find the back of the net as of late. So something will have to give in this one right? I’ll say this, Dallas will have George John back in their defense while Montreal will be without leading scorer Marco Di Vaio. That may be enough to swing the game in the visitors’ favor tomorrow evening.

3. Another tough week for Seattle. No Eddie Johnson for Sigi Schmid this weekend. He is on Gold Cup duty now with the US team. But Osvaldo Alonso is back in the midfield for the Sounders. A move that should certainly help open up their game a good bit as they host Colorado. Without Johnson, Schmid will have to turn to a Obafemi Martins-Lamar Neagle partnership up front. A duo I’ve been wanting to see together for a few weeks now.

4. Jack Mac turn the tide against Portland? So the hope of seeing Jack McInerney in a US uniform was short lived as he was sent home to Philadelphia after the group stage of the Gold Cup. But that may just be what he needed as well as his club as they host the Portland Timbers this weekend. In a game of something has to give, Philadelphia has the league’s most first half goals with 15 going against the league’s top second half scoring team in Portland with 21 goals. In other words, this one won’t be over until the final whistle.

5. Can LA slow down Camilo? 10 goals since May. Yes, that is how hot Brazilian forward Camilo is for the Vancouver Whitecaps.  Bruce Arena knew how hot Camilo was going into their clash with the Caps this weekend that he opted to retain Omar Gonzalez for the weekend instead of letting him join the US team for the Gold Cup quarterfinals in Baltimore. Martin Rennie’s side has lost in each of its four trips to Carson, California, but given how well his club has played as of late, anything can go in this one.


Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders: Colorado has proven as of late that they can get results anywhere. But winning in Seattle hasn’t been their thing over the years. Look for the Sounders come out on top in this one.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Colorado 1

New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC: Toronto struggled against a 10-man Chivas team in California in the midweek and now face one of the league’s better teams at home. Yeah, I don’t like their chances in this one either.

WVH Prediction: New York 3, Toronto 0

FC Dallas at Montreal Impact: No Fabian Castillo or Jackson for Dallas in this one. But Montreal may be missing a bigger play with Marco Di Vaio in Italy dealing with a family matter. Still, if Dallas can spread out the Impact, they will do well in this one. I just don’t know if they have the offense at the moment to test Troy Perkins enough. A draw seems fair right now for both.

WVH Prediction: Montreal 1, Dallas 1

Portland Timbers at Philadelphia Union: A very interesting game here. A lot will come down to the scoring for the Union and how they handle the 4-3-3 of the Timbers. I’m calling an upset here though, I think the Union will barely get the three points in this one.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, Portland 1

New England Revolution at Columbus Crew: New England struggled in Colorado on Wednesday and now have to deal with a Columbus team that is in need of points to keep their playoff chances afloat. This one seems like a low-scoring snooze fest.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, New England 0

D.C. United at Chicago Fire: United are busy adding youth national team players to their roster. Nice moves but nothing will change the fact that they just aren’t that good this season. Chicago should run all over them.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, D.C. 0

Sporting KC at Real Salt Lake: The big one for the weekend. Possession loving RSL takes on the pressure squad from SKC. I think the edge still favors RSL in this one given that they are at home. SKC is good and can win anywhere but RSL will prove to be too much on their own turf.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, SKC 1

Vancouver Whitecaps at LA Galaxy: LA will want to end Camilo’s hot streak here. I think they’ll do it too.

WVH Prediction: LA 1, Vancouver 0