- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 30, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 27, Features
The month of August is drawing to a close, which means it is also a holiday weekend with Labor Day coming on Monday. Major League Soccer’s playoff race is hotter than it has ever been this season with 16 clubs realistically still in the thick of things.
1. California Clasico hit with bans. Poor San Jose, their Champions League hopes probably got dashed away earlier this week in Guatemala City by Meredia. Now their playoff chances are on life support as well after last week’s 2-2 draw in Dallas. Had they got that win last week, many would feel more confident about this bunch but with Rafael Baca, Victor Bernardez and Justin Marrow both suspended with red cards, their chances at LA this weekend at much slimmer. Not to mention the Galaxy are red hot at the moment with Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane scoring buckets of goals.
2. Portland and Salt Lake meet again. Thanks to the US Open Cup earlier this month, these two meet yet again. And they’ll meet one more time later this fall before the playoff starts. This one will be big though for both clubs. Portland is starting to show some wear and tare to that style of play that they have at the moment. Jason Kreis should have his key trio in Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Alvaro Saborio for the Friday night clash, which only helps their position in this one at home. Portland will have to find a way to fill another hole in their defense with Pa Modou Kah suspended.
3. Careful play in Colorado. The Rapids are a team that are in an interesting position going into the final stretch. They’ve played very well lately and now they are starting to actually get healthy. Martin Rivero waiting in the wings to return to the starting XI but can Oscar Pareja just throw in a key player like that to a team that has already been doing so well without him? Tough call in their final stretch of games. Colorado are on a nine-game unbeaten run at the moment and mixings things up too much may not be the right move for Pareja at this juncture in the season.
New England Revolution at Toronto FC: Can the Revs keep up this momentum on offense? Scoring at home and scoring on the road are two separate things though in this league. If New England wants to really be a contender they must take care of business tonight in Toronto.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, New England 1
Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake: The third meeting between these two in 20 days should be a fun one. I don’t expect it to be a six goal fun fest like the last one though. RSL is in a much strong position with Saborio back up top and with Kah suspended.
WVH Prediction: RSL 3, Portland 1
Montreal Impact at Philadelphia Union: One team is coming off a five goal scoring fest while the other is coming off a game where they gave up five goals. Montreal has shown lately that they are still very much for real and will get the job done in this one.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 2, Philadelphia 0
Seattle Sounders at Columbus Crew: The Crew’s playoff chances are on life support at the moment. A win at home against a good Sounders team would certainly help matters out but with Columbus missing Federico Higuain in this one, I just don’t see them staying with the Sounders.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Columbus 1
D.C. United at New York Red Bulls: A three match winless run for New York should come to an end against their Atlantic Cup rivals. The thing is, if New York were to drop this game, I think a lot of people will start talking about a collapse with this group. Just saying.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, D.C. 0
Colorado Rapids at Sporting KC: That lovely nine-game unbeaten run for Colorado will be in serious trouble this weekend when they head to KC. Colorado must be smart in possession against a very attacking minded club in KC. Should be a very fun game to watch though.
WVH Prediction: SKC 1, Colorado 1
San Jose Earthquakes at LA Galaxy: Tough draw for San Jose to have to go from Dallas to Guatemala and then to LA in one week. Throw in the suspensions and LA’s hot play as of late and that spells trouble. But hey, it is a rivalry game so there will be some heat in this one that favors the physical Quakes.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, San Jose 1
Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire: I expect this to be one of the better matches of the weekend. Two playoff hungry teams at the moment that both need points.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Houston 1
Chivas USA at Vancouver Whitecaps: Will we see more of the Chivas that beat New York last weekend or more of the one that collapsed at home to Dallas? Either way Martin Rennie must go at this one without Nigel Reo-Coker. A big loss there. Still, this is a must-win for Vancouver in my book.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Chivas 1