Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Can woeful Toronto exploit weary Seattle?
by Ridge Mahoney, April 23rd, 2010 2:27AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  chicago fire, chivas usa, colorado rapids, columbus crew, d.c. united, los angeles galaxy, mls, seattle sounders

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] The train wreck that is D.C. United takes the week off as Seattle fills out the eight games by playing at Toronto Sunday on just two days’ rest after surrendering a last-second penalty kick to end up tied in Dallas, 2-2.

HOMECOMING, SORT OF. Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz did a lot of the spadework, and took blistering criticism from fans frustrated by delays and blown deadlines, for the project that eventually became Red Bull Park. Until the Union opens its own stadium in late June, it will be traveling, and the points it can pick up prior to the unveiling may determine whether Philly gets into the playoff chase or just rolls along learning the ropes in its expansion season.

There’s another sort of homecoming at Gillette Stadium, where former Revs Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson, who were traded to Colorado in exchange for Cory Gibbs and Preston Burpo, face their former mates. Payback aside, it’s a chance for the Rapids to maintain the momentum of a good (2-1-1) start.

And Real Salt Lake returns to the site where it launched an impressive and improbable run to last year’s title when it plays at Columbus. A 3-2 thrashing of the Crew, which had taken a 2-0 lead, in the second leg of the Eastern Conference finals carried RSL past the defending champion on a 4-2 aggregate. Having played only two league matches, will the Crew be rusty, or rested and eager to atone for last year’s collapse?

ALSO ON THE ROAD.
Houston has been a dominant force in the Western Conference ever since the team moved out of San Jose; since coming back into MLS, the New Quakes have fallen far short of the playoffs. Both incarnations of the franchise are in tricky yet potentially profitable away scenarios this weekend.

San Jose goes into Home Depot Center confident it can get something against Chivas USA, which has won only one of four games under new Coach Martin Vasquez. High-scoring defender Ike Opara (two goals in two games) may not get back from his academic duties at Wake Forest this time and a few forwards are still injured, but this version of the Quakes has a much deeper roster.

The Dynamo looked like its old self last week while pasting Chivas USA, 3-0. It heads to Chicago, one of the league’s worst home teams last year and a 2-1 loser to the Quakes at Toyota Park two weeks ago. With Lovel Palmer and Corey Ashe in the lineup, the Dynamo fields speed that can compensate for the injury absence of Brian Ching. With Patrick Nyarko motoring for the Fire, this could be a blurry encounter.

PROVING GROUND.
Kansas City is also off to an encouraging start (2-1-0) and hosts Los Angeles, lord and master of MLS at 4-0-0 and only one goal conceded. The mobility and cohesion of the Wizards attack could pose problems for the Galaxy, which despite its resilient defense has looked unsettled in midfield. And Edson Buddle can’t keep up this scoring pace, can he?

DOUBLE-DIP.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid used Freddie Ljungberg off the bench in Dallas, so he should be sharp, but recovery after a draining game is a concern, as is the fitness of Kasey Keller. Last week, TFC did its own two-step by losing, 3-1, in Colorado after scraping past the Union at home, 2-1, for its first win, and not looking very impressive while doing it.

If Dwayne De Rosario and Co. don’t exploit a fatigued, travel-weary band of Sounders, and can't contain Steve Zakuani and Ljungberg, only the grass at BMO Field will be easy on the eyes.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USL Friday: Switchbacks romp in snow storm    
An April snow storm socked the Rockies on Friday night, but it couldn't stop the Colorado ...
MLS Friday: Red Bulls set standard high    
The New York Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes ...
What They're Saying: Dominic Kinnear    
"Us passing to them didn't help." -- San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear on what made the ...
USA-Mexico watched by almost 4.5 million fans    
Wednesday's USA-Mexico game averaged almost 4.5 million viewers on Spanish-language networks UniMas and UDN and Fox ...
NWSL Weekend: Sky Blue FC aims to extend streak    
It's a big weekend for pro soccer in the New York metropolitan area. New York City ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos greats return for Raul home debut    
The New York Cosmos open their third season at home on Saturday, and they'll have special ...
USL Thursday: Sounders 2 fall, Rhinos impress on road    
Sounders FC 2, one of three unbeaten and untied teams in the USL, dropped its first ...
What They're Saying: Luis Figo    
"When some speak and others are silenced, democracy and football lose." -- FIFA presidential candidate Luis ...
What They're Saying: Joey Saputo    
"You can't go in with the attitude that we have no chance. We're here. We didn't ...
What They're Saying: Adrian Heath    
"We went on preseason to Charleston and we hired a few vans to transport everyone around. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives