FC DALLAS (5-5-1) vs. LOS ANGELES (1-3-3) Saturday, 8:30 p.m. HDNet, Direct Kick,
Dallas hasn't gone bad, it just seems that way. It has lost two in a row and both were on the road, which wouldn't be an excuse, just a cause, except for in its previous
road games it beat Kansas City and Chicago.
The bugaboo going into this season, as in the past few seasons, was defense and FCD has yet to post a shutout. Coach Steve Morrow
is still awaiting the return to action of Adrian Serioux
, who is training but still sidelined. Clarence Goodson
has a hamstring problem but is expected to play.
That would seem to be the ideal team against which Los Angeles can solve its scoring woes, yet the Galaxy
overran the D.C. defense last week in the first half and still couldn't score in a 0-0 tie, and won't have Landon Donovan
for this game as well as a few
more. Nate Jaqua
needed surgery on a fractured right wrist this week but Gavin Glinton
and Adam Gordon
rehabbing their own injuries Jaqua is expected to play wearing a cast.
The Galaxy player who isn't seizing his opportunity is Santino Quaranta
, who did provide a good cross for Jaqua against D.C. but didn't last an hour before being replaced by rookie Robbie Findley
136 minutes of play, Quaranta has zero shots.
On the second weekend of the season, FC Dallas beat LA, 2-1, at Home Depot Center Findley got LA's goal. Kenny Cooper
and Carlos Ruiz
, who is with Guatemala for the Gold Cup, netted for FCD. CHICAGO
(4-4-2) vs. CHIVAS USA (3-3-2) Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Espanol
News that Claudio Suarez
is considering retirement stretched out a long wait for Chivas USA staff and players, as last week was their bye week.
Chicago bounced back from a five-game winless streak to beat Columbus, 3-2, yet despite compiling 14 points is four points out of third place in the tough Eastern Conference.
beat the Fire, 2-1, at Toyota Park last August, giving it a sweep of two games played between the clubs.
Its dynamic duo of Maykel Galindo
each scored a goal to beat FC Dallas in its last game, and the Fire's defensive concerns in the middle have Coach Dave Sarachan
contemplating changes. Jeff Curtin
scored a goal against the Crew but a second yellow card rules him out of this match, and his
is the likely replacement.
Chicago's attack - deprived of Thiago
(groin strain) and Chris Rolfe
(sprained ankle) sprang to life against the Crew with William Oliveira
's pace and slickness a welcome addition.
He scored a goal after hitting a corner kick Curtin headed into the net from a slim angle. D.C UNITED (3-3-2) vs. RED BULL NEW YORK (6-2-2) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, TeleFutura
This is the first meeting of these teams since a
tense, tight playoff series went to D.C., 2-1, on aggregate, last October. Christian Gomez
scored both of those goals, and has three so far this
season, but he won't be able to crack this RBNY team on his own unless it is completely worn out from rallying to beat Toronto, 2-1, Wednesday.
Yes, that was a TFC team shorn of 10
players, but the class and polish Juan Pablo Angel
showed in scoring the goals three minutes apart is reason enough to believe RBNY can get a result at RFK.
Feebler players than JPA have burned D.C.'s defense this season, and until its 0-0 tie with LA last week it hadn't posted a shutout.
has recovered from a sprained MCL to make brief appearances as a sub the past two games. Neither team has lost any player to international duty, but New York is still without right
back Hunter Freeman
, left back Todd Dunivant
is doubtful, and keep[er Ronald
Former U.S. teammates Ben Olsen
and Claudio Reyna
will square off in
midfield and though D.C.'s flank play has improved of late, Dane Richards
is a handful and Dave van den Bergh
lot of problems for TFC in the second half Wednesday. How well RBNY recovers from that game is the question. COLUMBUS (1-3-5) vs. HOUSTON
(4-5-1) Sunday, 5 p.m. ET, Direct Kick, mlslive.tv
Times are dire in Crewland.
Its has conceded nine goals in the past three games and won't have relentless right back Frankie Hejduk
, who is with the USA. A groin strain to Jason Garey
and a strained hip flexor for Andy Herron
further deprive Crew coach Sigi
of attacking options, but as the stats (8 goals for, 13 against) show, scoring hasn't been the only problem.
Houston efficiently beat Colorado, 2-1, at home Thursday night
and after sweating bullets in 90-degree heat, will probably keep it tight to avoid getting into footraces all over the field. It limited the Rapids to only eight shots and has no reason to
run-and-gun with the Crew, which beat D.C. United, 1-0, April 28 for its only home win in five matches. True, it has tied the other four, but that's not how a last-place team makes up ground.
The Dynamo made up for the absences of Brian Ching
and Dwayne DeRosario
by getting midfielders Brad Davis
and Brian Mullan
into the attack whenever possible, but its usual style of pressing and pressuring may be too
taxing on just three days of rest. It does have experienced players - Davis, Richard Mulrooney
, Wade Barrett
can regulate the tempo of play, and a Crew team desperate for a win may fall victim to a cat-and-mouse game.