MLS Week 2 Preview

Friday, March 25, 2011 | View Comments
Another week past, another round of MLS matches to take in this weekend. Here's Match Fit USA's handy guide to what you should expect from the upcoming weekend's games.

Seattle Sounders (0-0-2) v. Houston Dynamo (0-0-1)
10:00 PM ET - Friday, March 25, 2011 - Qwest Field, Seattle, WA

Two teams going for their first win this season. Seattle have lost against Los Angeles and New York, while Houston ended up on the ugly side of a 1-0 against Philadelphia in a game they probably deserved a point out of. I've got to go with Seattle for the win here. They'll be more desperate for their first win, and Qwest is always a difficult place to visit. (Unless you're LA)

Toronto FC (0-0-1) v. Portland Timbers (0-0-1)
2:00 PM ET - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - BMO Field, Toronto, ON

Can Toronto become the first team in MLS history to lose two straight games to expansion clubs? There is a danger, but at home, I don't predict that being the case. A 1-1 draw seems the likeliest outcome. Both of these teams should be capable of scoring.

Columbus Crew (0-0-1) v. New York Red Bulls (1-0-0)
4:00 PM ET - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Crew Field, Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is still in rebuilding mode, while New York wants to stake an early claim for the Supporters Shield.  With Thierry Henry out due to a hamstring injury, and Juan Agudelo on national team duty, first round pick Corey Hertzog may get a chance to start.

Philadelphia Union (1-0-0) v. Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0-0)
4:00 PM ET - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - PPL Park, Chester PA

Vancouver may have won their opener against Toronto, but they should find Philadelphia a sterner test. Against Houston, the Union showed they have an improved backline, and there's always the constant danger of Sebastien Le Toux up top. A home win is my call here.

Chicago Fire (0-1-0) v. Sporting Kansas City (1-0-0)
4:00 PM ET - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

A meeting of two teams with an eye cast towards the playoffs. Kansas City may be favorites, but Chicago showed in an away draw with Dallas that they are not to be taken lightly. Another draw here is my prediction, along with what could be an exciting game.

New England Revolution (0-1-0) v. D.C. United (1-0-0)
4:30 PM ET - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

D.C. may have been the league's whipping boys last year, but they've made some key additions and came up with an emotional opening day win against Columbus. New England didn't make as many offseason moves, but still opened with a surprising point away to Los Angeles. The Revs will be without a number of key players, including 2010 top scorer Marco Perovic and vastly experienced new signing Ousmane Dabo, and in my opinion, won't have enough to see off United. Away win.

FC Dallas (0-1-0) v. San Jose Earthquakes (0-0-1)
9:00 PM ET - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX

Last year's losing MLS Cup finalist stumbled out of the gate in 2011, drawing at home with Chicago. Their opposition lost at home against a Shield contender. Two teams who must make the playoffs meet with the need to get their season on track. This should be a fantastic game, and I'm going with a narrow home triumph.

Real Salt Lake (1-0-0) v. Los Angeles Galaxy (1-1-0)
9:00 PM ET - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT

It's almost a waste to have this game so early in the season, but the two best teams in the league meet to decide the early-season favorite for the Supporters' Shield. The Royals could be missing Jamison Olave, but LA will be without Landon Donovan and possibly Donovan Ricketts and Omar Gonzalez. I think Salt Lake will be able to cope with their losses better. Away win.

CD Chivas USA (0-0-1) v. Colorado Rapids (1-0-0)
10:30 PM ET - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Home Depot Center, Carson, CA

MLS Cup Champions Colorado Rapids are looking to get their title defense off the ground running with a second win in succession. Chivas USA are looking to overcome their first home loss of the season to Sporting KC. This one shouldn't be hard to predict. Rapids win.

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