MLS Preview (April 19th)

Published: Apr 18, 2014 13:00pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 18, 2014 @ 01:00pm EDT


All the MLS games this weekend take place throughout Saturday. Since last weekend the New York Red Bulls did finally get their first win of the season, in a 2-1 defeat of Philadelphia at the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday. They are not in action this weekend but will host the Dynamo next Wednesday. As it happens both the Red Bulls opposition face each other in the opening game on Saturday, fair or not, that’s how the schedule has found itself.




Philadelphia v Houston Dynamo (4pm):

It’s sixth against eighth when these two East Coast sides meet up in Philadelphia on Saturday. The Union are on a winless streak since the second game of the season when they beat the New England Revolution. This certainly is not what the preseason mood of the fans would have suggested and the fact they have gone so long since their last win is troubling.

That said, they are above their opponents on Saturday, despite the Dynamo winning double the amount of games so far this season. Some would say they are in worse form than Philly and after starting the season with two wins from two. Since then they have lost to Vancouver, Dallas and New England, scoring no goals in their last two games.

Confidence isn’t high in either camp right now but for either side it could be a turning point for their season. I have to think Philly will be the happiest when the final whistle blows.


Chicago Fire v New England (4pm):

Chicago have played six games so far this season and are still looking for their first win. That said they have only lost the single game too and it is the number of tied games that could become concerning the longer it goes on.

New England will be looking for their third win this season, and by contrast to their hosts, only one of their six games so far this season has ended in a draw. With this in mind, something has to change and I think the Fire will get their first win of the season, but it will not be easy.


Colorado Rapids v San Jose (6pm):

The Rapids have had a pretty solid start to this MLS season but Saturday will welcome a team to the Dicks Sporting Goods Park who have won all of their last three trips to the stadium. In fact the last time the home side secured a victory in this fixture was back in 2010.

Taking this seasons form on face value you would have to say that San Jose will have to do very well, despite the history, to secure their first win of the season this weekend.

Back to back road wins, culminating last week with a 1-0 defeat of Toronto, mean that maybe the Rapids could be looking at quite a good season this time around. That said, if there is a team who can put a wrench in the works, then for Colorado it would be the Earthquakes.


Vancouver v LA Galaxy (7pm):

Last weekend these two sides met in LA with todays visitors being the victors with a single Robbie Keane goal. That gave the Galaxy only their second win of the season, in fact their second win in a row. If they could make it three in a row then maybe they can see themselves in a more comfortable league position, but Vancouver will be no pushovers.

Two weeks ago the Whitecaps dropped their first points at BC Place when Colorado beat them 2-1, but before that it was 100% home record for the Caps. Their home record will need to carry them through the season because their away record hasn’t been all that great. With that in mind a draw may not be such a bed result for both sides.


Columbus Crew v DC United (7:30pm):

DC are looking to avenge the opening day defeat at the RFK Stadium when these two met earlier this season. That game finished 3-0 and started what would be a disappointing start for one of the leagues longest serving sides. March would give DC just the single point in three games but April has been much better for them, two wins from two. Although they were both at RFK, DC can take encouragement that they not only won both, but didn’t concede a goal in either game.

To get revenge though the black and red will need to do something they haven’t done in Columbus since back in 2007. That last win was actually only five games ago but is still a big mental hurdle. I think Columbus will have just enough to keep that record going.


Sporting Kansas v Montreal Impact (8:30pm):

The Impact have played six games and are still looking for their first win. Rock bottom of the Eastern Conference with just three points they have a lot of ground to make up. Traveling to Kansas will not be a trip which will fill them full of hope though with Sporting Kansas City having only lost once this season, sitting third in the conference at the start of the weekend.

That defeat was on the opening day away to the Seattle Sounders and since then have been undefeated, something I think should continue through this weekend also.


FC Dallas v Toronto FC (8:30pm):

It’s top of the West against second in the East at the Toyota Stadium when Toronto FC take on FC Dallas. Both sides have been doing well this season, although both lost last time out. With Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley in the Toronto lineup they have enough to give any team enough to think about and with wins this season away to Columbus and Seattle FC Dallas should not be taking this game lightly.

For Toronto, despite their position, they are looking for some kind of consistency and another away win here will certainly go some way to establishing that.


Real Salt Lake v Portland (9:30pm):

Real Salt Lake have ten points from their opening six games, which is not a bad return, and not the sort of form Portland would want them to be in. Last year the Timbers failed numerous times in their meetings with Salt Lake. Facing them a total of six times, in cups and play offs the Timbers remained winless.

For this though I think they will get their victory. Salt Lake are going down, we’re yelling Timber.


Chivas USA v Seattle Sounders (10:30pm):

Two seasons ago this fixture was a 6-2 victory for Seattle. I am not sure if we will see that amount of goals again but I certainly don’t think it will be a tight affair. Seattle so far have won half their games, and are the team in form going into this game but Chivas have also tied half of theirs. Both have lost the same amount of games with both conceding double figures and scored nineteen between them. Goals at both ends are free flowing and so either we will see both sides cancel each other out with a single goal win or everything will be put to one side and we see another eight goal game. Which one will it be? I really wouldn’t like to say.


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