It's back! MLS action kicks-off this weekend. NBC Sports will broadcast the New York Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas game on Sunday, March 11
This weekend's games are going to be action packed. In this edition, I'll be pointing out the top games in Mexico. In addtion, I'll be pointing the games to watch in MLS. Join me after the break.
Friday, March 9
Morelia v Toluca - Estadio Morelos, Morelia - KO 8:10pm - Live on Fox Deportes and delayed on TV Azteca
Morelia has had an up and down week. A big win in league play (3-0 against Queretaro) has them in the top spot in the standings. But on Wednesday, Morelia couldn't handle Humberto Suazo and Monterrey at home (3-1 loss) in Concacaf Champions League. Toluca is coming into the game reeling a bit. The loss at home to a bad Pumas team. The main things to watch during this game is can the Morelia defense handle the hot Ivan Alonso? Nine goals this season even after having a bad game against Pumas. Also, can Miguel Sabah continue his sudden goal streak?
Tijuana v Club America - Estadio Caliente, Tijuana - KO 8:10pm - TV Azteca America
Another Friday game? You bet!
Tijuana continues its good form in this stretch of the season. Thanks to coach Antonio Mohamed, the team is getting results. Last week, they dealt what seems to be the death blow onto Estudiantes Tecos. Jose Sand scored again last week and all three Americans saw the field for the team at one point. Club America beat Jaguares last Sunday at Estadio Azteca. Defense had a solid game and contained Jackson Martinez. Key match up is Aquivaldo Mosqueda and Jose Sand. If the Colombian can contain the Argentine, Club America will be able worry about pushing the attack up the field.
Saturday, March 10th
Monterrey v Queretaro - Estadio Tecnologico, Monterrey - KO 5:00pm-Telefutura
Humberto Suazo is a beast. I continue to preach about him (and my wishes to see him in a Fire jersey as our DP). Angel Reyna had a great game in the Champions League against Morelia. Can he become the factor that Monterrey thought he could be? Queretaro is the worst team in Mexico this short season. They just fired Jose Saturdino Cardozo and hired Angel David Comizzo once again to try to help them get back on track
Chivas De Guadalajara v Cruz Azul - Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara - KO 7:00pm - Telemundo
Chivas have found life after their awful start of the season. A win against the strong Santos team and against a mediocre Puebla team has Chivas gaining confidence. Meanwhile, Cruz Azul is coming off a win against Monterrey that had Cruz Azul up two goals. Christian Gimenez scored two goals and Omar Bravo finally scored in league for Cruz Azul. What Chivas team will show up against this Cruz Azul team that may have found their stride.
Santos v Puebla-Nuevo Estadio Corona, Torreon-KO 7:00pm - Telefutura
This could be a trap game for Santos. Coming off a loss to Seattle in Champions League play, this may be a good chance for Juan Carlos Osorio's team to pounce a weak team. Will Hercules Gomez get a start since he has been making an impact for Santos? Will Luis Garcia exploit Santos to score his fifth goal of the season?
Saturday, March 10th
Whitecaps v Montreal Impact - BC Place, Vancouver - KO 5:00pm - MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live
Who doesn't like to watch Canadians fight each other? We'll get that chance Saturday. Vancouver will get to show off their new toy, Sebastien Le Toux. Young-Pyo Lee is also added to their defense. The Impact are playing their first ever MLS game on the road. Justin Braun one to look out for and how he will work with the midfield he will be playing with. Expect the Impact to be better then what most people are thinking right now.
DC United v Sporting Kansas City - KO 6:30pm-MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live
DC have bolstered up their attack to compliment D Ro by signing Hamdi Salihi. Major signing considering that Celtic and some other teams were trying to sign him. Danny Cruz may play a big role on this team as well. Sporting KC is being hyped as the team to beat in east. With the loss of Omar Bravo, Teal Bunburry has to tep up even more along with CJ Sapong and Kei Kamara.
Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Salt Lake - KO 9:30pm - MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live
The almighty LA Galaxy is coming as well with the hype but unlike KC, the Landon Donovan led team are expected to repeat. And when you look at the roster, how could you not think that. With Beckham, Keane, Donovan, Juninho, Buddle, and crew, they're going to be tough to beat until you remember that they lost Omar Gonzalez. Loaned out to Nuremberg, he tore his ACL during his first training session. RSL will be the first one to challenge that backline without Gonzalez. Javier Morales may have a field day feeding Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio. RSL themselves lost a member of their backline, Robbie Russell, to DC United. This may be a high scoring affair and a must watch this opening weekend.
Sunday, March 11th
FC Dallas v New York Red Bull - KO 4:00pm - NBC Sports Network
FCD is looking to have a strong season again. George John is back from his loan to West Ham, the signing of Blas Perez, and the return of David Ferreria from his season ending injury. This team may prove to be a nightmare for the rest of the league. Oh, and don't forget they have some kid named Brek Shea playing for them. Meanwhile, the New Jersey squad have added to their ranks our old friend, Wilman Conde as well as Kenny Cooper. Thierry Henry will still be the main piece in their offense. One question most of have is, how will this team play with Rafa Marquez? After throwing his teammates under the bus, will he step his game up himself? This should be a hell of a game.
What game are you looking forward to? If you start to follow the Mexican League, will it go to the back burner with MLS starting up again? Do you guys like this new format?