MLS Weekend Preview

Published: Mar 29, 2014 14:55pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 29, 2014 @ 02:55pm EDT

 

The MLS season is almost in full swing now as we head into Match week four. The majority of this weekends games are taking place at various times on Saturday with the lone match between the Red Bulls and Chivas USA being the only Sunday kick off.

 
SATURDAY:
 

 

DC United v Chicago Fire (4pm ET):
It hasn’t been the best of starts for the Black and Red and it might be a very long season, especially if it starts to take the shape of last season. Two defeats is bad enough but when you add the fact the side are yet to score a goal, it just makes the whole thing that little bit worse. 
The visitors have played one game more and sit two points above their hosts. Neither side have yet registered a win but I think this game will change it for one side. 
In Washington of Saturday it should be raining. I think at the RFK Stadium it will sum up the mood of the home fans as they exit the game, miserable.

 

Philadelphia Union v Montreal Impact (4pm ET):

Philadelphia welcomes the Canadian version of DC United to PPL Park on Saturday as a pointless Montreal Impact visits. The Impact have played three times so far this season and have yet to register a single point, although at least they have scored goals. 
For the home side, the PPL Park faithful should give them the lift they need and keep their 100% home record up. They just need a little more bite on the road and they could have a very good season.

 

Colorado Rapids v Kansas City (6pm ET):

Undefeated Colorado will have to be on their game for the visit of Kansas City on Saturday. I think the new Head Coach for the Rapids, Pablo Mastroeni certainly has the choir all singing in tune and that showed with their win over the Timbers last time out.
Kansas are right behind the top dogs in the Eastern Conference and a win will keep them there. I do not think they will get that win today and instead coming away with a point will be a good result for SKC.

 

Vancouver Whitecaps v Houston Dynamo (7pm ET):

Two Undefeated sides go head to head at BC Place on Saturday evening when the 100% Houston Dynamo travels to Vancouver. The Dynamo travel with not only two wins from two, but also having not conceded a single goal in the League to date. 
For Vancouver, scoring goals hasn’t been the problem, with a strike rate of almost two goals a game. The history is on their side though for this with the home team winning these matches when they play. Had it been in Houston, then it would be a different story. 

 

FC Dallas v Portland Timbers (8:30 ET):

Sitting atop the Western Conference are an undefeated FC Dallas while sitting a point away from bottom, are Portland. That makes it sound worse for the Timbers than it actually is because, before last weeks defeat to Colorado, they could be described as ‘undefeated’ also. 
In the history of League games between these two the Portland Timbers have only lost to their hosts twice in eight games. That should give them encouragement, but ultimately I think the home side could be too much.

 


Real Salt Lake v Toronto FC (9:30 ET):

Will we see the Jermain Defoe show once more? Three goals in the opening two games has seen Toronto secure two wins and joint top with two other teams, Houston and Columbus. I think Real Salt Lake will have to really watch the cheeky little Englishman if they are to keep their own undefeated record in the Western Conference. I think we may see Toronto clear at the top of the East come Sunday morning. 

 


Seattle Sounders v Columbus Crew (10pm ET):

This game will be very interesting as the second placed team in the East visits the second place team in the West. Seattle have played an extra game and have the same points as Columbus, although they average a almost a goal a game less than the visitors. 
Whereas League wise there is nothing really to separate the two, head to head it is a different story. In eight meetings Seattle have only lost one time, although that one time was in their own ground. It’s a tough call but I think Seattle will just take it in the end. 

 

San Jose Earthquakes v NE Revolution (10:30 ET):

Both sides are still looking for their first wins of the season as the Revolution head to San Jose. Having scored no goals in three games this season the Revs are struggling to get out of first gear and San Jose, although scoring goals, are also leaking them like a sieve. 
As a result two things will happen in this game I think. New England will actually score their first MLS goal of the season but San Jose will get their first three points.

SUNDAY:

 

New York v Chivas USA (3pm ET):

 

I think if you would have told me, at the beginning of March, that New York would have no wins in their first three games, had conceded double the amount of goals they had scored and were already four points away from the top spot having played a game more, I think I may have laughed at you. 
But after three games that is exactly the case and the visit of Chivas USA to Red Bull Arena on Sunday will be high pressure already for Coach Mike Petke. Another failure to win and a bad start could easily turn into a disappointing season. 
History isn’t on their side either with the Red Bulls winning only four of the sixteen meetings between the two. Add to that the last win at home against Chivas for the Red Bulls was back in 2010 and you have the ingredients for a spicy game. 


 

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