MLS Matchweek 2

Published: Mar 15, 2014 11:57am EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 15, 2014 @ 11:57am EDT

 

Here we go for another weekend of MLS action. I would say the second weekend, which although would be correct, some teams are yet to play. With that in mind it is their opening week, so welcome to the opening/second week of MLS play.

 

SATURDAY:

 

 

Philadelphia v New England (4pm ET):

After the tied game against the Portland Timbers last weekend it is back to PPL Park for the Union. There was a lot of positives to take away from the Portland game and with New England falling to Houston 4-0 in their opener, and never getting points at PPL, I think the Union fans will be for a good game.

When you sign new players it sometimes takes them a while to gel but the center back pairing for Philly were good for pretty much the whole 90 minutes and as the new players learn more about their teammates the understanding will grow.

New England, on the other hand, have to go into this game a little nervous after the two factors mentioned earlier, the winless record and last weeks result. I think that the training this week that coach Jay Heaps would have been working hard on retaining the ball and getting it back when not in possession. For that reason I think we will see a tighter back line but I will still go for a Philly win.

Prediction: 2-1.

 

 

New York v Colorado (4pm ET):

There was another big defeat last weekend for today’s home side. For me the 4-1 defeat was quite a surprise and Mike Petke has taken the blame for the defeat. Now at home, and with the returning Thierry Henry I think the Red Bulls could be ready to put the record straight.

The fact that the game is on the road with a new, untested, head coach means this young squad is somewhat of an unknown quantity.

This is their first game of the season so all these facts combined could mean getting any kind of result in New York will be seen as a bonus.

Prediction 3-0.

 

 

Seattle v Toronto (4:30pm ET):

With Toronto’s off season moves this could be quite a game. Jermain Defoe might get a starting position but for US fans it will be the battle between two of Americas best players facing off against each other as Clint Dempsey welcomes Michael Bradley to his patch.

This will be Toronto’s first game in their MLS season and as a result, although the extra week may have helped with injuries, it means that this will be their first competitive game with each other.

There is no doubt Ryan Nelson has access to some great players but the question will be how quickly they can gel. For Defoe I know he can be lethal in front of goal and will always be among the goals. When I spoke to Steven Caldwell recently he said he was excited seeing the caliber of players coming to the side. I have to say that I agree.

Prediction: 2-2.

 

 

Kansas City v FC Dallas (8:30pm ET):

The defending MLS champions will host FC Dallas on Saturday and they already lost their first game, although it was away to Seattle. In actual fact it was a late goal mouth scramble, which was not the first time Seattle have scored a late goal against Kansas. I believe they may have done it once or twice before.

FC Dallas got a win in their game last weekend but will no doubt face a tougher test this weekend. They did concede an early goal and the last goal of the game and I think boss Pareja will have addressed this during the week. You have to be ready to go from the very first whistle and keep focus. Comfortable with half an hour to go they conceded what was an easy headed goal and that made things less comfortable for the rest of the game.

Prediction: 2-0.

 

 

Houston v Montreal (8:30pm ET):

Well, you really cannot say to much more than the Dynamo winning their opening game by a 4-0 score line. Last season I think you might remember the Halloween game between the two which today’s home side won 3-0.

There was more riding on that game than there will be in today’s game but for sure, after last week, the Montreal Impact didn’t look like the same outfit they were last season. For the Houston Dynamo, notorious for slow starts, I think a 4-0 win last week would certainly get that tagged removed, for the time being.

Prediction: 3-1.

 

 

San Jose v Real Salt Lake (10:30pm ET):

Real Salt Lake had to go to the star packed LA Galaxy last weekend and the predictions before the game were that they would do well to get any points. The end result was all three points, a clean sheet and LA at the bottom of the Western Conference.

This is San Jose’s first MLS game, although they were in CONCACAF Champions League action.

It will be interesting to see how these two teams approach the game. Can RSL get full points again or was last week more of the Galaxy not playing to strength rather than being outplayed by RSL?

Prediction: 2-0.

 

 

SUNDAY:

 

 

Portland v Chicago (3pm ET):

Portland left it late to secure a point last weekend while Chicago were the odd goal out in a five goal game against Chivas. Both sides will be looking for an improvement in this meeting tomorrow.

Certainly a 0-2 record for Chicago at the games end will not be good and people may start to ask questions. Equally a single point for Portland with two of their home games in the books could be just as bad. In that aspect of things someone will not be happy when the whistle is blown and may be heading for a long, tough season.

Prediction: 1-1.

 

 

Chivas USA v Vancouver (7pm ET):

One, maybe both 100% records will go at the end of this fixture. Chivas beat Chicago by the odd goal in five and are currently second in the Western Conference to their opponents, who were beating New York.

Both teams proved they can score goals, with seven combined finding the opponents net in week one. Will this mean it will be a high scoring game? You would have thought so but I think they may just cancel each other out with maybe just a couple of goals in the game.

The reason I say this is because I think the artificial turf and the New York boss not wanting to risk some stars was the main reason for the big win, and lack of goals conceded. Meanwhile Chivas might have scored three but they also conceded two.

Hopefully they will be a bit better at home and away from home I expect Vancouver to struggle a bit more.

Prediction: 2-1.


 

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