MLS Week Three Preview

Published: Mar 22, 2014 15:19pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 22, 2014 @ 03:19pm EDT

 

Week three of the new MLS season gets underway today and the League is really kicking off away from the field. New York City FC, who start their first season next year, revealed their badge on Thursday night. Plans are that a stadium announcement could follow shortly.

For now though it is time to focus on this weekends delights, so here we go.

 

 

SATURDAY:

 

 

New England v Vancouver (2pm):

New England will be absolutely desperate for a win in this game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. After losing the opening two games the Revs now find themselves bottom of the Eastern Conference having no points and no goals.

The Revs and Whitecaps have met four times with today’s home side winning twice and losing just once and head coach, Jay Heaps, will be looking to increase that win statistic at the games end and start their season at home.

Vancouver will not be easy opposition though and with the team currently topping the West standings it will be a reaction required by Robinson. Last week their opponents had a man sent off after less than a quarter of an hour and yet had to wait until the 81st minute before securing a 1-1 draw.

 

 

Real Salt Lake v LA Galaxy (4pm):

Undefeated RSL take on bottom of the Conference LA in this match. They actually met in the season opener, which today’s home side won and, although it is only the Galaxy’s second game in the League, a lot of things have happened. A 3-3 draw against San Jose last time out maintained the Lake’s undefeated run while LA were dumped out of the Champions League.

Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and co will certainly be looking for a response and put points in the bag and, despite their recent results I think they will get it.

RSL, as we know, can score multiple goals in a game but they can also concede multiple goals in a game. Another defeat for LA Galaxy in this game would certainly start to put pressure on them and questions may start to be asked.

 

 

Toronto FC v DC United (4:30pm):

Both these sides have only played one game so far this season. Toronto got a good win last weekend with Jermain Defoe scoring twice on his debut. The England and ex Tottenham Hotspur star will always score goals and that is why it was such a surprise that neither Andre Villas Boas or Tim Sherwood played him, but that’s water under the bridge now.

DC United will certainly do well to get out of the BMO Field with a point. If they can do that then it will certainly be a bonus for the black and reds. For me though, Defoe, Bradley and co will be too much for the visitors.

 

 

Columbus Crew v Philadelphia (6pm):

Can the Crew get back to back wins? Today they welcome the Philadelphia Union and if they can get the win then it will be the first time that they would have opened the season with back to back wins in their history.

In the Union though they have to beat a so far undefeated side and another win for the visitors will see them end the weekend in the top spot of the Eastern Conference, with Houston not playing this weekend.

 

 

Colorado v Portland Timbers (6pm):

This will be the Rapids first home game and, as they have never lost a home game to Portland, new Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni will be looking to remain undefeated at the games conclusion. A very good tied game in his first game away to the Red Bulls was certainly the way to start and with rookie goal keeper John Berner in goal, his faith was repaid.

He will have to concentrate for the whole 90 minutes in this game though as Portland have had the tendency this season to get the late equalizer. Two games so far and two points secured late on means the Rapids need to keep the eyes firmly on the opposition rather than the clock as time runs down.

 

 

Sporting Kansas v San Jose (8:30pm):

Both sides played in midweek in the CONCACAF Champions League and both sides are yet to win in the MLS this season. Yes, this will only be San Jose’s second game but, after the 3-3 game against Real Salt Lake they will be looking to remain undefeated.

It will not be easy though as Sporting Kansas City will be going all out to get their first win of the season in front of their own fans.

 

 

FC Dallas v Chivas USA (8:30pm):

This should be a good battle at the top of the Western Conference with two undefeated sides. FC Dallas and Chivas have exactly the same record having both got one win and a draw in their opening two games. They have also both scored four goals and conceded three and sit just below Vancouver on goal difference.

I think FC Dallas will make the home field advantage count in this game and come away with the three points, and separate these two. Of course if Chivas can get a point in this game then that could be massive for the side who usually struggle in Dallas.

 

 

SUNDAY

 

 

Chicago v New York (3pm):

The Fire may be their name but certainly after two games their performances are more a little smoky than raging fire with the side still yet to find a win. Chicago only managed a tied game away to Portland last weekend, which was an improvement on their previous away game.

The Red Bulls are not much better with the opening day defeat followed up by a home point against the Colorado Rapids. And that’s the difference.

Whereas one point in two games have come in a game at the Red Bull Arena, Chicago will actually kick off their home fixtures today. You cannot underestimate the home field advantage and surely three points here for the home side will see the Red Bulls slide, and questions asked.

Head to head, in their history, it is the home side with a significant advantage having only lost thirteen times in forty five meetings. Burn baby burn, the Fire will blaze tonight!

 

 

Montreal v Seattle (4pm):

Spring is here and snow has delayed the game against the Sounders in Montreal. A press release on Friday confirmed the delay and so now we have to wait until Sunday to see which Sounder side will turn up.

Two defeats from two for Montreal means the Impact will need to start making moves in the league soon or the rut will continue. For the Sounders I still think the loan move of Dempsey to Fulham was not the correct one and he would have benefited from a rest and then pre season with his team. As it is the Sounders could be like this winter snow we have been having, looks good in theory but frustrating and somewhat annoying when it actually arrives.


 

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