- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 13, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 29, Features
The weekend is here, though I would argue this week went by too fast for me here in Dallas. There are plenty of points to talk about going into the weekend and enough good games on the menu this weekend to keep us all entertained.
1. Friday night lights. As we’ve complained at times this season about how the league schedule has played out for getting the top teams against one another in a prime time affair, tonight we can complain no more with Real Salt Lake traveling to Seattle to face the Sounders in a big showdown on Friday night. The two sides have the night to themselves on NBC Sports.
Seattle is just two points off of RSL in the Supporters’ Shield standings at the moment, a far cry from where they once were earlier this summer. But once they got through their games-in-hand and got players healthy, Sigi Schmid’s club got rolling. Speaking of those games-in-hand that the Sounders own at the moment, they’ll still have two in hand over RSL after tonight. That is going to come in very big before long with the way Seattle is playing.
2. Mile High showdown. The 2010 MLS Cup foes meet in a big match this weekend in Colorado as the Rapids host FC Dallas. Oscar Pareja’s club currently owns a two point advantage in the standings but just like in the case of Seattle, Dallas will still own a game-in-hand over the Rapids after this match on Saturday night.
Dallas has the edge in the season series with a win back in March and a 2-2 draw in June. What makes this match mouthwatering is the fact that both teams are finally healthy and are playing well at the moment. Dallas struggled through the summer but in recent weeks has shown that they could be getting hot again at the right time of the year. This one will certainly come down to who scores first and if that team can keep the lead late in the game.
3. Holding on for dear life. There are a few matches this weekend involving clubs that are holding onto a playoff dream as much as they can here. Houston and Philly battle it out this weekend in Philadelphia, the Dynamo haven’t been good lately while the Union have struggled to make a real lasting impact in the playoff race. Both squads are in the battle for the 4th and 5th spots in the East with New England, Chicago and Columbus. Just three points separate Philadelphia (4th) and Chicago (7th) with the Crew sitting four points back of the Fire.
Chicago and New England also meet up this weekend in what could be a big matchup as well.
Out West, two clubs that are on the outside of the playoff line square off in San Jose as the Earthquakes host Vancouver. The Whitecaps have been struggling for weeks now and after last week’s loss in Dallas, their schedule doesn’t get any easier from here on out. San Jose has a chance to get within a couple of points of that 5th playoff spot with a home win.
Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders FC: The Sounders may finally be able to field their top squad tonight when they host RSL. The potential loss of Alvaro Saborio is huge for RSL though at the moment. Who steps up for them will be the question. I think Seattle has the momentum on their side at the moment, but RSL knows a thing or two about winning in Seattle.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, RSL 0
Columbus Crew at Montreal Impact: If anything, this may really knock the Crew out of the playoff range for good. The Impact have been very good as of late but it will be interesting to see how they deal with this possible retirement news of Marco Di Vaio that is going around.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 3, Columbus 1
LA Galaxy at D.C. United: Tough cross-country trip for the Galaxy but getting both Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan back will help matters out offensively. This could be a trap game of some sorts for the Galaxy though. I still see them coming out on top but it won’t be pretty.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, D.C. 1
Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls: Which New York side will we see this week? Probably the same as last week given Toronto’s inability to defend.
WVH Prediction: New York 3, Toronto 0
Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union: This one could be ugly or it could be fun to watch. Not sure which will actually happen with the way these two have been playing as of late. It feels like a draw to me either way though.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Houston 1
New England Revolution at Chicago Fire: Definitely a disappointing draw in the midweek for the Fire, who really need three points at home in this one. This could easily be one of the better games of the weekend when it is all said and done. New England has been tough on defense this year, something I always enjoy seeing. I think the Revs spring the upset here.
WVH Prediction: New England 2, Chicago 1
FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids: Another big match on the weekend, two teams squaring in the playoff hunt. Both teams are healthy right now too, which makes this one all the better. This one will come down to possession and who takes care of the ball. I think it ends in a draw though, not to mention all of this rain in Colorado at the moment could make it a tricky for both teams to do anything.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Dallas 1
Portland Timbers at Chivas USA: This could be a trap game in some ways for Portland this weekend. Chivas has shown recently that they are no push over. Portland has to make sure they don’t fall asleep for a half like they did against Toronto, Chivas has a good scorer in Erik Torres that will make them pay for it. Portland will come out on top but not by much.
WVH Prediction: Portland 2, Chivas 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at San Jose Earthquakes: Last of the matches on the weekend and it could be a good one as well. San Jose has shown in recent weeks that they can be good when they want to be. At home, we know they are a much better team. I see Wondo and company exposing the Vancouver back line like Dallas did a week ago.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, Vancouver 1