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Friday, 12 August 2011

Foresight – MLS Round 22 Weekend

Four questions to be answered this weekend in MLS.

Will top clubs rebound from disappointing matches last weekend?

    New York, Columbus and Dallas all had embarrassing showings on the road last round each falling to Salt Lake (3-0), Colorado (2-0), and Los Angeles (3-1) respectively. New York and Columbus return home to face lesser opposition in Chicago and New England, while Salt Lake continue their road stretch heading into Toronto where they have never won or scored. Will they rebound from negative results and continue the push to solidify their playoff positions.

Will the young players who impressed last weekend continue to shine?

    Last round was highlighted by the performances of four young players each scoring a goal. Diego Fagundez in New England, Luis Gil for Salt Lake, Jack McInerney in Philadelphia and Orr Barouch for Chicago. Will their good form be rewarded with further playing time? 

How will Freddy Adu and other new additions fit into their squads?

    Philadelphia Union announced the signing of US International Freddy Adu this week. How will the prodigal son of American soccer fare in his return to the league that heaped stardom upon him? Other new additions – Carlo Costly and Luiz Camargo (Houston), Milton Caraglio (New England), Sebastián Grazzini and Pavel Pardo (Chicago), Jéferson (Kansas City), Laurent Courtois (Chivas), and Eric Avila – well, everyone really (Toronto) - continue to work themselves into the rhythm of their adoptive clubs. Which new acquisition will reward his team for their faith this weekend?

Kinnear versus Spencer – who comes out victorious as the former assistant coach returns to his old club in charge of his new one?

    Sunday’s lone match sees a homecoming of sorts as Portland Head Coach John Spencer returns to the town where he spent five very successful and enjoyable years as assistant to Dominic Kinnear and the Houston Dynamo. Having separated just one year ago, how will the two Glaswegian comrades fare when they come face-to-face as both clubs struggle to propel themselves into the playoff picture?

Seattle v Chivas; Toronto v Salt Lake; New York v Chicago; DC v Vancouver; Columbus v New England; Philadelphia v Dallas; San Jose v Colorado; Houston v Portland.

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