Major League Soccer – Match Previews – 28 July 2012
There are seven Major League Soccer matches this Saturday including the New York Red Bulls traveling to face expansion side Montreal and FC Dallas hosting the surging Los Angeles Galaxy. Western Conference leaders San Jose could expand their lead to four points as they host the Chicago Fire.
Overall, the standings remain close in both conferences with virtually all of the teams still in the playoff race.
Toronto FC v Houston Dynamo, 4:30 PM (USA EST)
Both teams have won three in a row but TFC still remain at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. A win could move them out of last place while Houston could move up to second place with three points. It’s not clear with TFC recent form will last but they should have the advantage against a Houston team that struggles on the road.
Montreal Impact v New York Red Bulls, 7:30 PM (USA EST)
Montreal have been good at home but face a very tough test against New York. The Red Bulls have one of the league’s most prolific offenses but are vulnerable defensively. A high scoring match is expected with a slight edge to the Red Bulls.
FC Dallas v Los Angeles Galaxy, 8:00 PM (USA EST)
It’s been a terrible season for Dallas while the Galaxy are starting to turn things around. The Galaxy could move up in the standings with a win while are eight points back of the last playoff spot. Dallas are capable of getting a result but unfortunately are facing the Galaxy at the wrong time.
Sporting Kansas City v Columbus Crew, 8:30 PM (USA EST)
It’s been an inconsistent last few months for Sporting but they have only lost one in their last five matches. Columbus have struggled on the road and will need something special to get a result at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Colorado Rapids v Seattle Sounders, 9:00 PM (USA EST)
Colorado continue to fall down in the standings and desperately need a result. The Sounders are unbeaten in their last four matches and been one of the better defenses this season. A close and low scoring draw seems most likely.
San Jose Earthquakes v Chicago Fire, 10:30 PM (USA EST)
The Earthquakes have been dominant at home and led by scoring leader Chris Wondolowski. The Fire will likely be happy to get a draw but that seems unlikely.
Portland Timbers v Chivas USA, 11:00 PM (USA EST)
Two of the weaker teams in MLS who are several points of the last playoff spot. Both teams are averaging less than a goal per match and a scoreless draw seems likely.