- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 11, 2013
- 0 Comments
- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 33, Features
The weekend outlook will be a tad short this week, mainly due to the lack of MLS games on the schedule. This is after all a FIFA weekend, so naturally MLS couldn’t find a way to not schedule games during it. Oh well.
1. Humble in Seattle. The last week for the Seattle Sounders is likely one that Sigi Schmid and his team will want to forget. Not only were they humiliated last weekend in Colorado by the Rapids to the tune of a 5-1 loss but one Wednesday they lost to rivals Vancouver at home, 4-1. Nine goals given up in one week is never a good sign for any team, much less one that has Supporters’ Shield hopes.
The fact of the matter is, right now this Sounders team is just not playing well. Either injuries are the reason, tactics, international call-ups, or whatever. I said weeks ago that the Sounders may have peaked too soon here and if this past week is any indication, they just might have.
Now they have to face a very hungry and determined Portland team this weekend, in Oregon. If the Sounders want to reclaim their dominance in Cascadia, it has to start quickly this weekend.
2. Brimstone. Another reason to dislike MLS not breaking this weekend for FIFA play isn’t just the big Cascadia match in Portland but also the Brimstone Cup match in Frisco. Shame these games can’t be on a weekend with both teams at full strength. But this is what we have to work with. Anyways, Chicago and Dallas meet up for the only time this season and everything is on the line in this one for Dallas. The cup, their playoff lives and potentially even more with the job status of Schellas Hyndman. Putting it lightly, this is a big one for the future of that team.
New England Revolution at Montreal Impact: I think right now that the Impact could quietly win the Eastern Conference here. I don’t know why but I do. They’ll get a win at home in this one.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 3, New England 1
Philadelphia Union at D.C. United: The Union just need to take care of business here in this one. United could play spoiler in what I expect to be a physical game. In the end, the Union have more talent and ability up front to take over this game.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, D.C. 0
Chicago Fire at FC Dallas: A make-or-break game for Dallas who will be without Blas Perez (international duty). This one could be wide open, which would favor the Fire. I think in the end, Dallas at home is still tough to beat. They’ll get it done…barely.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Chicago 1
Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers: I expect a wide one in this. Two teams that really don’t like one another, in the middle of a big playoff race that includes the Supporters’ Shield. Not to mention a national TV audience. I don’t know what it will take to get the Sounders back on track but I don’t see them winning this one. Then again, I don’t see Portland winning it either.
WVH Prediction: Portland 1, Seattle 1