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Friday 23 September 2011

Foresight – MLS Round 28 Weekend Preview

Four questions to be answered in this weekend’s round of MLS:

    Who will emerge victories in top of the table match-ups and solidify their standings in the playoff picture? An all Eastern conference dual as second-place meets third when Kansas City hosts Philadelphia on Friday night, separated by a single point will either side surge ahead and potentially take over prime position.  First in the East welcomes first in the West as Columbus takes on Los Angeles Saturday; with LA’s lead over on fire Salt Lake dwindling, a win would solidify their Supporter’s Shield bid, while Columbus is under pressure to get a result to remain in their lofty position.

    As rivals meet who will take home the three points? The Texan derby sees a struggling Dallas side play host to a Houston club in need of points to ensure passage to the postseason; Vancouver pit themselves against Seattle in the final match at Empire Field in the Pacific Northwest. 

    How will the Rafa-less Red Bulls fare as they attempt to erase the painful memories of a poor home performance midweek? Will New York bounce back from the disappointment or crumble under the pressure? To spice up the mix, they host Portland Timbers the team who displaced them in the final playoff spot following the midweek results.

    As struggling sides meet who will grasp redemption for a bad season and hope to spark a late playoff run? Colorado still in contention looks to reverse a run of four straight losses as they welcome equally hopeless San Jose to the lofty expanse of DSG Park. Chivas USA - winless in seven - look to transform positive performances into a positive result against a resurgent Toronto side on a run of back-to-back wins in the league. The lone Sunday match sees Chicago riding high off the back of good form from speedster Dominic Oduro – five goals in his last seven matches – host New England whose playoff aspirations were virtually ended by a poor showing in Portland last Friday.

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

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