- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 21, 2014
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- 2014 MLS Season, 2014 Week 3
We’re finally at the weekend. Week three promises some solid matches and offers us plenty of chances to really get to understand where most teams will be heading this season.
1. Sounders and Seahawks split. This was announced late yesterday. Ever since Seattle joined MLS they had a business relationship with the NFL’s Seahawks. Now, the two sides are splitting up. This was always a matter of when and not if though, so there shouldn’t be too much read into this news. This was a smart move by the Sounders from day one to partner up with their NFL brothers. It helped them transition into a successful franchise that they are today and now that the training-wheels are off, you have to wonder what is next for them. Truthfully, I am holding out hope that they eventually build their own stadium in downtown Seattle. While the current set up totally works for them, can you imagine a more intimate stadium that holds 40k?
2. Refs end lockout. The brief lockout for the league officials is over. The refs have agreed to a new five-year deal. The bigger question going into this weekend with non-replacement refs may be, will we actually see a difference? Time will tell.
3. CCL hangover. Just how will the three CCL reps for MLS do this weekend? One is one the road in Salt Lake while the other two square off against one another. LA and Sporting both got hammered this week in the CCL when they went down to Mexico while San Jose lost in a heartbreaker in penalties. LA and San Jose now have the rest of their season to deal with while KC will have to pick back up in the CCL later this summer.
Vancouver Whitecaps at New England Revolution: This one is very interesting to me. Vancouver looked great in week one and then struggled on the road against Chivas USA in week two. New England hasn’t looked good at all this season and most of that is due to their defense not having Jose Goncalves. So what gives in this one? To me, it all comes down to who wins the midfield battle. Right now, that edge goes to Vancouver.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, New England 1
Seattle Sounders FC at Montreal Impact: Apparently there is some snow in the forecast that could mess with things, even though this one is being played indoors at Olympic Stadium. Seattle won’t have Clint Dempsey for this one as he is likely suspended for his little nut-punch to a Toronto player last week. The Impact had some talent but their defense is still a work in progress. Still, the Impact have rarely lost at home to Seattle over the years, even dating back to their NASL days. I think that streak ends here though as Seattle will pull away in the second half.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, Montreal 0
LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake: It is a shame that these clubs are meeting again in week three after playing in the season opener against one another. Bruce Arena doesn’t like that sort of scheduling and neither do I. Still, LA will likely still have some gas in the tank for this one but I think RSL will do just enough in the final third to win this one like they did in week one.
WVH Prediction: RSL 1, LA 0
D.C. United at Toronto FC: Is this United club going to be better after a week off? And is this Toronto club actually for real? Both will be answered here. I really like what Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe brought to this Toronto side last week but similarly what Jonathan Osorio is able to do in the Toronto midfield. I see those three having another strong weekend against a United team that still has issues all around.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, DC 0
Portland Timbers at Colorado Rapids: Another game that could be delayed due to snow. Colorado still appears to be a work in progress to me at this time. Portland on the other hand needs a strong showing for 90 minutes here. They’ve been bailed out twice to open the season, both games at home. Weather will play a factor in this one which makes me believe we may be seeing another draw for these two sides.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Portland 1
Philadelphia Union at Columbus Crew: This game might intrigue me the most this weekend. Both teams have plenty to be excited by surrounding them. The Union look like a team that could really be a top contender this season out of the east. Their midfield has come together nicely and Sebastien Le Toux looks like his old self. Columbus might have some injury issues in the back this weekend with Michael Parkhurst being a question mark. That could determine where this game goes but I think either way, we’re looking at a close draw.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Philadelphia 1
Chivas USA at FC Dallas: Which team is actually for real this season? So far it has been hard to gage but Chivas looks like a much better team with Mauro Rosales leading the charge. If FCD can shut him down, which they have in the past when he was with Seattle, look for the home side to come away with points in this one.
WVH Prediction: FC Dallas 2, Chivas 1
San Jose Earthquakes at Sporting KC: Both teams will have to shuffle the lineups again for this weekend. Sporting has to show up in this one and prove that the first couple weeks of the season weren’t a fluke for them. San Jose is a grittier team than people are wanting to realize here and they will battle, even on the road. I think we may see another tough result for the defending champions at home in this one.
WVH Prediction: Sporting 1, San Jose 1
New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire: I think Fire fans are in for a long season right now. Until Mike Magee can rescue them like he did a year ago, it may be a tough opening month for them here. New York hasn’t looked great either to start the season but I think they’ll begin to breakout of their shells here this weekend.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Chicago 1