After a week that had some pretty surprising results, the teams in MLS get ready for another week of games. Will this week be just as unpredictable? For the sake of my predictions not going as poorly I certainly hope not!
Stream of the Week: San Jose vs Seattle
Last week, Seattle was stonewalled by an impressive goalkeeping performance from Brad Knighton. Though Jon Busch is capable of a similar showing, San Jose are going to need it if they are going to beat the Sounders. Despite being shut out last week by Vancouver, the Sounders offense is clicking well at the moment with Lamar Neagle playing extremely well and both Obafemi Martins and Eddie Johnson finally fit and available for selection by the Sounders. Conversely, San Jose was barely able to remove new center back acquisition Clarence Goodson from the wrapping paper before Jurgen Klinsmann whisked him off to play for the United States at the Gold Cup. Beyond that, San Jose tends to struggle greatly in the midfield, though new acquisition Jordan Stewart might help some there. I know very little about Jordan Stewart other than he played quite a bit in the Championship, a league known more for it's physical play than technical skill. In other words, he'll probably fit right in with the Goonies in San Jose. Still Seattle's ability to dominate possession will likely see them winning this match comfortably.
Philadelphia – Chivas USA
Considering all the players Chivas were cutting and the number of midfielders unavailable for Philadelphia, at one point it might have seemed like there might have not been enough players to play this game. However, Chivas have got some reinforcements and enough Union middies are on the mend. This could be a big opportunity for Chivas to pick up a win, they have been playing teams close lately and the Union have gained a tendency of conceding late. Still, as a Union supporter, I just can't bring myself to pick Chivas. Draw.
New York – Montreal
With Peguy Luyindula and Thierry Henry on the Red Bulls, they are surprisingly the more Francophone team in this match. Unfortunately for them, Montreal are superior in every other aspect. Still, the Impact have been scouted now, and it seems MLS has figured out Marco DiVaio. Draw.
New England – Houston
Houston finally got a goal and three points last week, but the talented attackers at New England represent a much stiffer challenge than a Union team that had run out of gas. New England wins.
Sporting Kansas City – Toronto
Sporting Kansas City and Toronto meet for the first time since Bobby Convey was traded from Sporting to the Reds, but there is only so much excitement you can muster over Bobby Convey. Watch this game to hear the announcers spout off about Diego Forlan while ignoring the actual match like a bunch of jabronis. Kansas City wins, because Forlan isn't there yet.
FC Dallas – Real Salt Lake
Probably the day's marquee matchup. Salt Lake has been playing very well lately, and while Dallas hasn't, the Toros are still very good. Draw.
Portland – LA Galaxy
Sorry Portlandians, this is not going to be your week. Will Johnson is both on international duty and sick, and the LA Galaxy are on a bit of a roll right now. To make matters worse for the Timbers, Robbie Keane will likely be breathing a sigh of relief that Pa Modou Kah will be out of this game with a red card suspension. LA wins.
Vancouver - Chicago
Last week, Chicago proved it is possible for them to both have Mike Magee on the roster and lose a game while Vancouver proved they could win a match in a Cascadian derby. Predicting this one is a bit hard, I feel much more confident that this will be a fun game than I am about who will win. Draw.