- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 2, 2013
- 1 Comments
- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 23, Features
This has been a fun week for me. I got to go to Kansas City for the All-Star Game on Wednesday and along with that got to meet a lot of great writers from around the league that I’ve only ever talked to through Twitter or Facebook. Nice to put names with faces.
Anyways, it is time to get back to work on some MLS action as we head into the month of August.
1. All-Star injuries. The one knock for the All-Star game is always the what if game on player injuries. For Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi, that game came to life on Wednesday when he left the game early with a little bit of an injury. Zusi departed with a right quad strain and subsequently landed on the injury list as doubtful for Saturday’s visit by New York. Everyone always sparks up the debate when this happens over the meaningless game and what not. Hey, injuries happen all the time and this is just apart of it is what Zusi’ coach Peter Vermes said afterwards on Wednesday.
2. Salt Lake hopes to end their slide against a rival. Nothing like getting ahead of yourself in the standings then to only crash down in a couple games before having to face your rival, who is red-hot. That is the case for Real Salt Lake as they are losers of two in a row and will now have to face their rivals Colorado in a heated game tomorrow night in Commerce City. RSL coach Jason Kreis already knew he would travel to Commerce City without suspended fullbacks Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert. But at least he’ll be getting back All-Stars Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando. That helps. The Rapids are unbeaten in their last six and hope to get in the thick of the Supporters’ Shield race with another win this weekend.
3. Seattle finally gets another DP…sorta. Yesterday was a fun one in Seattle huh? All the Clint Dempsey talk was fun. But the bigger story is really the fact that the club restructured midfielder Shalrie Joseph’s deal to where he is no longer taking up a valuable DP slot. So big for the Sounders to have that open DP slot back as the summer rolls on. Will they use it before the transfer window closes? Doubtful unless a miracle happens. But knowing that flexibility is back for their front office has to feel good.
New York Red Bulls at Sporting KC: At least for Sporting KC’s All-Star group they get to remain at home for this one. Injuries of Zusi and Tim Cahill take away the fun in this one though. SKC should get the win though in this one, NY’s midfield is too banged up at the moment to get a win on the road in my mind.
WVH Prediction: SKC 2, NY 1
Montreal Impact at D.C. United: The Black-and-Red are improving but won’t be improved enough, even at home against a team that does well to hold the ball in the midfield like Montreal does.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 2, D.C. 1
Chicago Fire at Philadelphia Union: Defensively this could be an interesting game to watch with the attacking players on the field for both squads. It will be a close battle but I think a draw seems most likely here.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Chicago 1
Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids: Definitely the weekend’s top game. Rocky Mountain Cup games are always scrappy and entertaining. It will be close for sure but I don’t see one club coming out on top of the other here.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, RSL 1
Columbus Crew at Houston Dynamo: The Crew have been dreadful to watch as of late, mostly in the late game situations. Maybe the new ownership news will spark them in this one but more than likely it will not. Houston should control this one fairly easily.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Columbus 0
Chivas USA at San Jose Earthquakes: San Jose will be without Marvin Chavez and Alan Gordon in this one but could be welcoming Clarence Goodson into the lineup in the defense. Something tells me that Chivas will get a result in this one. I don’t know why that is but I just have that gut feeling.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, San Jose 0
FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders: Dallas has dipped badly as of late but getting Blas Perez back should be a boost. Not to mention having George John healthy again is also big. The turf will decide things for Dallas though in this one and that gives the edge to the Sounders.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Dallas 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at Portland Timbers: Didn’t we just go through this one recently? Sure but that is how the schedule works these days. Portland should look better at home in this one than what we’ve seen lately out of them.
WVH Prediction: Portland 2, Vancouver 1
Toronto FC at New England Revolution: This is our Sunday game? Okay. This one certainly has more meaning for New England at home than it does for Toronto on the road. I fully expect the Revs to win this one easily.
WVH Prediction: New England 2, Toronto 0