There’s a ton going on in MLS this weekend, per the usual. Going in to week 6 of league play things are a bit all over the place in the standings. Injuries are starting to pop up all over the place and players are scoring goals in buckets. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
1. TFC without Defoe and possibly Bradley:
In today’s injury report Defoe is listed as out with a hamstring injury and Bradley is listed as questionable with a quad strain. Defoe out is bad, but they beat Columbus without him this last weekend so it’s not terrible. Defoe and Bradley out is INCREDIBLY interesting. This is what TFC will likely have to deal with during the World Cup stretch this summer. Without two of the biggest names in the league, how do they cope? Who can, if anyone could even possibly do this from their roster, step into Bradley’s role and be the player pushing the tempo? Could be a very interesting game against Colorado, very different than we originally pictured it.
2. Can Columbus rebound?
Columbus have been the early leaders in the East for a lot of people. We like them in the East simply because they are not Kansas City, frankly. The didn’t have their best game against TFC but have a serious opportunity to rebound against a shaky San Jose team. Can they find some offences through anyone besides Higuain? Or will the Argentinian be forced to carry that load, yet again?
3. RSL v Philly
RSL are unbeaten in MLS play thus far and will look to keep it that way. Off the Crossbar podcast had a great interview with a Philly writer who confirmed what we have all thought/known for a while now, Philly is terrible on defense. RSL will look to take advantage of that and potentially close the gap with Dallas.
4. Dallas finally playing a decent team?
Yes, that’s a question mark there. Seattle should be a decent team, but they are just about as poor as they come on defense right now. If Clint Dempsey maintains his scoring form, this will be a cracker. Dallas are good, but they haven’t really been tested. Unbeaten in 5 with more wins than RSL, they lead out in the standings and supporters shield race with 13 points. Seattle will be hungry in this one and will look to hand Dallas their first loss.
5. DC to earn 2nd win?
Chew on this for a second. DC have more points through 4 games than: New England, Chicago, NYRB, Portland, AND San Jose. NEVER would I have guessed that after a month of play you would have one of the worst teams in the history of the league with more points than teams like NY and PTFC. Up against NY I think they have a shot for two wins in a row. Don’t bet on it or anything, but if you do and you win, I’d like my cut.
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