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Friday 30 September 2011

Foresight – MLS Round 29 Weekend Preview

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

    Which Red Bulls will take the field on Saturday in Toronto? Those who romped over Portland last weekend or those who fell to Salt Lake so feebly the match before? Will Rafa Márquez be reinserted into the team following his club suspension for disparaging comments on the quality of his teammates or will he continue to ride the pine?

    Which potential champions – and Supporter’s Shield winner – will win the big match of the weekend as Los Angeles host Salt Lake on Saturday night? Ten points – and Seattle – separate the two marquee sides in the standings with four matches remaining. Can Salt Lake close the gap and in the process tighten up the race for the West or will Los Angeles find revenge for their 4-1 dismantling at the hands of RSL in March?

    Can Vancouver find redemption and joy at the newly renovated BC Place or will Portland enhance their playoff prospects? In this contest of Cascadian and expansion rivals can Vancouver dampen their cousins playoff hopes or will Portland show their superiority to earn the much needed points?

    How will end-of-season heavy legs affect the playoff standings come the close of the weekend? With eleven of the eighteen sides having taken part in midweek – MLS or CONCACAF Champions League – matches will those expenditures prove costly in important meetings with playoff implications? Rested clubs (Houston, New York, New England, San Jose & Chivas) host or visit tired ones (v. Chicago, at Toronto, v. Seattle, v. Kansas City & v. Philadelphia - respectively) with ramifications for the postseason.

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

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