Toronto FC and D.C. United meet at BMO Field after being roughed up by Real Madrid, the surging Galaxy hosts the reeling Sounders, Real Salt Lake
welcomes Houston to Rio Tinto Stadium for the first time, and Kansas City plays its first game with interim head coach Peter Vermes
in charge at home against Chicago. For all of
Soccer America's predictions, as well as TV viewing information, and to see how Ridge Mahoney fared so far this season ...
On the national TV front, TeleFutura presents a rare
Saturday-Sunday double and Fox Soccer Channel presents perhaps the weekend's best match, that vital Western Conference tussle in Sandy, Utah.(All Times
TORONTO FC (7-7-6) vs. D.C. UNITED (6-4-10), 4 p.m., TeleFutura
Both teams got smoked
by Real Madrid last week. The difference was TFC gave up three goals in the first 20 minutes in a 5-1 loss and D.C. held out for more than an hour before succumbing, 3-0.
backline may be without Nick Garcia
and Marvell Wynne
because of injuries, and the team has signed left back Lesly Fellinga
and released defender
, and teenager Emmanuel Gomez
has shown some promise in friendlies, and forward Chad Barrett
is suspended, and Amado
played for Honduras Wednesday in a 4-0 rout of Costa Rica, so who knows who will play?
United midfielder Ben Olsen
is suspended and backup
is on season-ending IR. It won its first two visits to BMO Field but TFC took the most recent encounter, 1-0. In May, the teams tied, 3-3, at RFK. Prediction:
TFC 2, United 1. COLUMBUS (9-3-9) vs. FC DALLAS (6-9-5), 7 p.m., Direct Kick
The Crew finished strong to beat San Jose, 3-0, in San Francisco last week
with three late goals, and will probably have Guillermo Barros Schelotto
healthy after a short absence due to a hamstring strain. Midfield fulcrum Brian Carroll
suspended, so it may be time to pair up Danny O'Rourke
and Adam Moffat
in the middle. Robbie Rogers
set up a goal and scored one against the Quakes.
FCD has won two straight by shutout after not posting a bagel the entire season, and striker Jeff Cunningham
has scored eight goals in the past five games. But
is suspended, and FCD is 1-6-2 on the road this season. Prediction:
Crew 3, FCD 1. NEW YORK (2-15-4) vs. CHIVAS USA
(8-7-3), 7 p.m., Direct Kick
Most struggling teams would regard a game against the Red Bulls as the MLS equivalent of a get-well card, but Chivas USA is reeling from a five-game league
losing streak. New York has also lost five in a row, is winless in its last 12, and is starting a five-game homestand that ordinarily would be boon to a team's playoff drive. Quite a matchup.
Both teams will be shorthanded. Chivas USA's injury list is still a long one, and defender Shavar Thomas
is suspended. For New York, Carlos Mendes
are out, Juan Pablo Angel
and Jorge Rojas
are questionable, and Sinisa Ubiparipovic
is suspended. Both teams were pasted 4-0 by
Colorado in their last league matches, which makes this game a toss-up, or tosser, as the case may be. Prediction:
New York 1, Chivas USA 1.
LAKE (7-8-5) vs. HOUSTON (11-6-5), 9 p.m., Fox SoccerChannel/Fox Sprots en Espanol
RSL posted a vital home win last weekend, beating Seattle, 1-0, on a goal by Robbie
, who replaced Yura Movsisyan
. Findley scored during an improved second half during which RSL prevented the Sounders from putting a shot on goal. A rotator cuff
ailment may sideline Movsisyan again this week.
Houston pulled out a 3-2 home win over Chicago Sunday with a late penalty kick from Stuart Holden
, who played Wednesday -
as did Brian Ching
and Ricardo Clark
- against Mexico in a 2-1 loss at Azteca Stadium. The Dynamo has conceded three goals in the first five minutes of the second
half in its last two games, yet still managed to win. Prediction:
RSL 2, Dynamo 2. LOS ANGELES (7-3-10) vs. SEATTLE (7-5-8), 11 p.m., Direct Kick
The Sounders haven't scored in three straight games and are 0-4-3 in games on grass as former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid
and veteran midfielder Pete Vagenas
return to HDC, where they lost, 2-0, to Chivas USA in April. Defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
is suspended. A team meeting was held this week to address issues, such as sliding
out of the playoff frame.
Five wins and a tie in the last six matches have propelled the Galaxy up the standings, past Seattle, and into second place. Landon Donovan
and David Beckham
played for their national teams in midweek and how they recover is a crucial factor in how this game plays out. But the general rule of thumb - play the team in
form, especially at home, against a reeling opponent - still applies. Prediction:
Galaxy 2, Sounders 0. SUNDAY
KANSAS CITY (5-7-6) vs. CHICAGO (8-4-8), 3 p.m., TeleFutura
Interim head coach Peter Vermes
takes charge of a game for the first time since the sacking of
. Davy Arnaud
and Claudio Lopez
are suspended and Kansas City has scored just one goal in its last four games, so open auditions are being
held to determine if recently signed Hungarian forward Zoltan Hercegfalvi
and rookie Graham Zusi
deserve a starting spot more than veterans Abe Thompson
and Adam Cristman
. Arnaud and Lopez have each scored five goals: the rest of the team, which means just three players, have netted a combined total of nine.
Chicago lost a tough game last week in Houston, falling 3-2 on a penalty kick after scoring twice in three minutes to wipe out a 2-0 deficit. They won three road games in a row back in May and this
looks like a prime spot to get another one, but with Brian McBride, Gonzalo Segares
and Tim Ward
out, and Wilman Conde
questionable, and Cuauhtemoc Blanco
recovering from 56 minutes in Azteca Wednesday, the home team simply cannot afford to lose.
Wizards 2, Fire 1.
RIDGE MAHONEY'S 2009 PREDICTION RECORD
Last week: 3-3. Season: 76-73.