Just the three matches this weekend to look upon. No problem, that’s enough to get stuck into and it has to be said two of the matches are very interesting indeed.
Sporting Kanas City v Montreal Impact
The lesser of the three games in terms of unpredictability as this in theory should be a wipe out. So the value is here for me.
Top of the Western Conference Kansas face a really fragile Montreal side coming into this one. International duty and injuries play a huge role here. However even without this problem I believe Montreal Impact would struggle to get something here with a full team to choose from.
They are struggling away from home with 6 points in 6 matches so far this season and unless Piatti and subs can raise their level they might be on the end of a spanking.
Montreal Impact are without: (according to MLSsoccer.com)
Bernier, Ciman, Crepeau, Dzemaili, Jackson-Hamel, Lefevre, Oyongo, Romero, Mancosu, Bernardello, Tabla and Goyette. I counted for you – 12 players.
If you show up at Children’s Mercy Park tomorrow morning with boots and shinnies you might get a run out for Montreal Impact.
Sporting Kansas City however have much better fortunes with availability and also with a home record of 13 wins in the last 16 home games you can see why they are a formidable match for anyone this year.
I keep going on about Gerso Fernandes but he is a serious handful who is now finding the net from the wing, a 74 Silver card on Fifa 17 doing what you expect there. Straight away I knew this was a really fantastic signing as Kanas struggled to create a lot last year. Apart from Gerso you have Dwyer who is now supposed to be fully fit, these two are good enough to cause problems to any defence in MLS.
Dom Dwyer is back and will hopefully get chances against Montreal Impact
Bookies are catching onto it as Kansas are massive favourites now but the asian handicap should be the way to go here.
A couple of player lines for anytime scorer is also not a bad idea with Dwyer and Gerso leading the pack there.
The only way this could go wrong is if Montreal Impact suddenly workout how to park the bus but that seems very unlikely indeed knowing how bad they are in defence.
Chicago Fire v Atlanta United
This should be a good chance for Chicago Fire to get some revenge on Atlanta United after they spanked them 0-4 already this season. They played with 10 men for most of the match though and Fire at the time were all over the place.
That was old Fire without the ‘fire’.
This new Fire has a seriously inform striker Nemanja Nikolic who is topping the scoring charts with 11 goals in 14 games. We cannot forget that one of the biggest reasons for this late run of form has been Bastian Schweinsteiger. He is still really really good and to be honest he is above the standard for MLS so please do watch him. His movement and passing is a world away from most others on that pitch. David Accam with his pace causes all sorts of trouble and they are all starting to gel and muck in with some goals.
Atlanta are a really difficult one to judge, they can at times look like they could win the Championship but other times (especially at the back) look like they could bomb any moment. A huge loss for them was the injury to Josef Martinez who had 5 goals in 3 games and quite honestly was a scary beast. He is nearing match fitness now and the home side will hope he isn’t quite there yet.
Home teams this year have been stronger than any other year so I fancy Chicago to get a win here, how easy it will be is all down to Atlanta and what sort of day they are up for.
Portland Timbers v FC Dallas
My favourite battle this weekend to be honest. Here you have two huge MLS sides going head to head in the best (for me) MLS atmosphere the league produces. The fans are spot on here and always support the Timbers no matter what.
FC Dallas now have playmaker Diaz back after a long term injury, he is the guy that threads the balls through and has been their missing link. FC Dallas come to Timbers on the back of a 6-2 home win against Real Salt Lake.
So I am hoping for goals, there should be goals and there better be goals on this one. Both teams are good for a goal or two each quite easily here.
For those that get a chance to watch some games, grab a beer and enjoy.
For those that can’t watch any, congratulations on having a better life than us.