Busy week looking ahead of us, with several key top of the table matches that will prove to be exciting.
Week 5 got under way slowly but surely with New England Revs ending FC Dallas' unbeaten streak in a sloppy 1-0 win with a goal from Khano Smith in the 72nd minute being the difference maker.
The game defidently had its fair share of slow matches and was a major contrast to Europe's Champion League play, but regardless it was the Beautiful Game won ugly, and the Revs now share first place in the Eastern Conference with Kansas City.
Kenny Cooper led Dallas but could not get a shot past the Rev's GK Matt Reis, and New England eventually won 1-0.
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This Weekend's Matchups
4/26 at 3:30 PM ET
Toronto - none reported
Kansas City - OUT: MF Davy Arnaud (hamstring strain), DF Matt Marquess (hamstring strain), MF Ryan Pore (broken nose), MF Lance Watson (fractured foot); QUESTIONABLE: DF Rauwshan McKenzie (ankle sprain) PROBABLE: MF Carlos Marinelli (groin strain)
Toronto are coming off of only their second two-game winning streak in team history, so the fans will be flying high, praying for a third when the 1st place Wizards come to BMO Field. The Wizards are in first place and look to be ready to handle a packed house in Toronto.
My Prediction: 2-0 Kansas City
4/26 at 7:30 PM ET
Columbus - OUT: MF Duncan Oughton (R leg bone spur); DF Ryan Junge (R hamstring strain)
Houston - QUESTIONABLE: MF Mike Chabala (L foot fracture); GK Pat Onstad (R shoulder sprain)
SUSPENDED: Houston- Eddie Robinson
Columbus are flying high right now and are currently in 3rd place in the East, a point behind New England and Kansas City. In contrast, the Dynamo have struggled early and are currently holding the worst record in the MLS, failing to win a game so far. Houston has no signs of life and the ambulance has a flat tire, so no win for the Dynamo in Columbus, but soon they'll come around.
My Prediction: 3-1 Columbus
4/26 at 7:30 PM ET
D.C. - OUT: MF Ben Olsen (ankle surgery); MF Jeff Carroll (toe surgery); QUESTIONABLE: DF Gonzalo Peralta (knee contusion); MF Devon McTavish (mid-foot sprain); MF Domenic Mediate (hamstring strain)
Salt Lake - OUT: MF Nathan Sturgis (L hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Brennan Tennelle (L ankle sprain); QUESTIONABLE: FW Fabian Espíndola (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: DF Ian Joy (L ankle bone spur), DF Matias Mantilla (R knee sprain), GK Kyle Reynish (R shin contusion)
Though DC United are notoriously a dangerous team and Salt Lake are known as the exact opposite, it's Real Salt Lake who has started out the season well, rather than the four-time champ DC United. Salt Lake are currently in 3rd place in the West (though they would be in 6th place if they were in the East) and DC United are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a lousy 3 points. DC United will spring to life, soon, though, and I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt this weekend.
My Prediction: 2-1 DC United
4/26 at 8:30 PM ET
Chicago - OUT: DF C.J. Brown (L hip tendonitis); QUESTIONABLE: FW Chris Rolfe (R ankle sprain); MF Brian Plotkin (L hip strain)
Colorado - OUT: FW Conor Casey (L knee); DF Mike Petke (R foot); GK Justin Hughes (L groin); DOUBTFUL: MF John DiRaimondo (L ankle); QUESTIONABLE: MF Nick LaBrocca (nose); PROBABLE: DF Ugo Ihemelu (R hip)
This weekend's most exciting fixture features the West's second place Rapids (two points behind first) meeting the East's fourth place Chicago Fire (three points behind first) in a matchup that brings one of the best offenses against one of the best defenses. Colorado has scored 7 goals this season thus far, ranking them near the top, while Chicago has conceded a league low 2. It will be interesting how these two teams play out, but Chicago will be playing with more focus and determination after losing 1-0 to the Wizards last weekend, though controlling most of the game.
My Prediction: 2-0 Chicago
Christian Gomez has played a big part in the Rapid's attack this season.
4/26 at 10:30 PM ET
LA - OUT: GK Charles Alamo (R knee surgery); DF Ante Jazic (R ankle surgery); FW Carlos Ruiz (R knee); DOUBTFUL: MF Alvaro Pires (L knee); QUESTIONABLE: MF Ely Allen (R hamstring)
Chivas - OUT: FW Alecko Eskandarian (L groin strain), DF Alex Zotinca (R knee ACL surgery); QUESTIONABLE: MF Raphaël Wicky (back spasms); PROBABLE: FW Ante Razov (L calf strain), DF Lawson Vaughn (L hamstring strain)
Both sides are desperate for wins. This game all depends on if Donovan and Beckham decide to come out and play. If they play well, LA will win. If not, Chivas will. Neither club is looking well early in the campaign, so this may be a low scoring contest, but either way the fans will come out to the Home Depot Center in full force for their hero DB23.
My Prediction: 1-0 Chivas USA
4/27 3:00 PM ET
New York - OUT: MF David Roth (L knee surgery); DF Michael Palacio (L knee injury); FW Oscar Echeverry (R knee LCL sprain); DOUBTFUL: DF Hunter Freeman (R ankle sprain); MF Dane Richards (R MCL tear); FW Juan Pablo Angel (L hamstring strain)
San Jose - none reported
San Jose is flying high after their first win in two years against Colorado last weekend, and the Red Bulls are struggling for the proper form, winning their last game in Week 1. However, Joltin' Jozy Altidore, the MLS's prodigy son, looks to have found his form after scoring spectacularly two weeks ago against the Revs. Juan Pablo Angel and Joltin' Jozy will be able to start alongside each other for the first time this season, and the two should be able to easily burn out any Earthquake defense.
My Prediction: 2-0 Red Bulls