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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Foresight – MLS Round 23

Four questions to be considered this weekend in MLS.

Which rival will come out on top?

     Pacific North-West expansion cousins Portland and Vancouver meet for the first time this year; pride, Cascadian Cup and league points are on the line as the two struggling sides see who has come the furthest this season. It’s North versus South in the original California Clasico between Los Angeles and San Jose which also takes place late on Saturday night; league leading LA play hosts to their struggling neighbours, but the form-book goes out the window when it comes to rivalries.

Which club can claw ahead of their competitors in the race for the Supporter’s Shield and the playoff positions?

     Two top of the Conference clashes pit Columbus-Philly – 1st vs. 2nd in the East - and Dallas-Seattle – 2nd vs. 3rd in the West. The possibility of gaining ground of your opponent, or pushing further ahead in these final few rounds can be crucial to post-season aspirations.

Which of the new high profile acquisitions will shine? LA’s Robbie Keane, Chivas USA’s Juan Pablo Angel, or Philadelphia’s Freddy Adu?

     The Galaxy bring in Keane and ship Angel down the hall to the Goats, how will each goal-scorer adapt to their new surroundings should they take to the pitch tonight. Freddy Adu, largely ineffective in his first match with the Union, has a lot to prove if he hopes to rejuvenate his career and earn a spot on the American National Team.

With so many midweek league and Concacaf Champions League fixtures how will teams playing their third match of the week fare? Who’s tired and who has the necessary depth?
  
     Injuries and suspensions, long flights and tired legs, who can rise to the challenge in these crucial final stages of MLS league action?


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

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