MLS Weekend Preview (April 5th and 6th)

Published: Apr 05, 2014 12:43pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 05, 2014 @ 12:43pm EDT

 

I think Jurgen Klinsmann may have a much better idea of his initial World Cup squad of 30 right now after the midweek friendly. I think it is fair to say that maybe Julian Green will not be involved after a less than impressive performance. Of course by the time it is condensed down to the final 23 players would have had more time, and opportunities, to impress or maybe not.

With that in mind, the final push for Brazil 2014 must surely start this weekend.

 

SATURDAY:

 

Portland v Seattle (3pm):

In the last five meetings between these two teams, Portland have only lost once. With the home side currently with only two points from their first four games a continuation on that tradition would be most welcome. Currently four points behind the visitors it will be vitally important that something gets on the board.

Billed as the greatest rivalry in MLS it certainly is a great way to kick off this weekend and Seattle are looking to avenge that double Western Conference defeat last season. Star player Clint Dempsey is back from suspension in time for this game and so that should just add to the festivities!

 

Montreal v New York (4pm):

Both teams here are looking for their first win of the season. For Montreal a single tied game has been countered by three defeats. For New York it has been the reverse with their lone defeat also came in Canada with a 4-1 defeat at BC Place.

Thierry Henry again will not play and Tim Cahill will miss out with a hamstring injury. That leaves Bradley Wright Phillips with a great opportunity to fire the Red Bulls to their first win of the season.

 

Chicago v Philadelphia (5pm):

Both sides are coming off of disappointing tied games last weekend. While Philadelphia lost points at the PPL Park against a struggling Montreal Impact while DC United managed to get their first point of the season at the expense of the Fire.

If Chicago head into the last ten minutes behind against the visitors they shouldn’t panic. The Union have been guilty of not closing out games and have conceded goals in the last ten minutes in both games they have drawn this season.

 

Columbus Crew v Toronto FC (6pm):

It’s a weekend of rivalries and this game is no different. The Trillium Cup should be even more special this time around with the acquisition of Englishman Jermain Defoe and, of course, Michael Bradley.

All expectations are that Ryan Nelsons side will dominate the game and their goalkeeper is not expected to be called upon too much. However, we all know enough about soccer to know this may not exactly be the case, especially as the home side are the only MLS side with a 100% record so far. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was low scoring, or even a tied game.

 

Vancouver v Colorado (6:30pm):

Will Nigel Reo Coker be ready to take a bow for Carl Robinson? Certainly in Colorado they face a team coming off a defeat in their last game and four points from their first two games. With Scottish International Kenny Miller and the Englishman I think the Whitecaps will certainly be able to pose a few questions of the Rapids defense.

Pablo Mastroeni will certainly not be willing to roll over at the BC Place Stadium and I expect there to be a few tasty tackles during the game. With John Berner in goal the Rapids certainly have a reliable stopper, and he could be quite busy for this game.

 

DC United v New England (7pm):

The Red and Black have started this season as they finished last season, without a win. Last July these two met at the RFK Stadium with the away side winning the tie 2-1. A month earlier they had met in the Open Cup at the Maryland Soccerplex and this time got a 3-1 victory.

Certainly DC United need a win and quickly or they may find themselves starting to drift away from the pack already.

As for New England they will find themselves below DC if the home side were to win on Saturday, and having played a game more. That is a place you never really want to be.

 

Houston v FC Dallas (8pm):

240 miles separate these two sides and although they are in the same state they are in different conferences. East meets West in Texas when Houston welcome FC Dallas on Saturday night.

Dallas are currently topping the Western Conference and go into the game undefeated. For Houston it is not a to dissimilar story because although they have suffered a defeat they are a game back and third in the East.

 

Sporting Kansas v Real Salt Lake (8:30pm):

It’s a battle of the number twos with this fixture as the second in the Eastern Conference welcomes the second placed side in the Western Conference. Last years MLS Cup finalists meet up in what is their only regular season meeting in what continues to be a real baptism of fire for the visitors who have already faced Toronto and LA Galaxy in their first four games. For the Baltimore faithful it will be interesting to see how local boy Kyle Beckerman plays after his outing with the National side.

 

SUNDAY:

 

Chivas USA v LA Galaxy (3pm):

The Super Clasico is the only game on Sunday in the MLS and I think Chivas would be the happiest with their opening form from the two. Only one defeat in their opening four games means they are 5th in the West with five points while their visitors are still looking for a win although they have played two games less.

Robbie Keane is the lone Galaxy scorer and with the World Cup coming up quickly I think it would make the US fans more at ease if Landon Donovan could find his scoring boots. I think this game the Galaxy will add to their points and in turn their goal tally. Will Donovan get on the score sheet? That would be nice and with their last two visits to the StubHub Center has given Donovan an co all the points, five goals and two clean sheets.


 

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