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Games to watch from Mexico and MLS and where to catch them this weekend

Do you like games in pastels?  Mauro Rosales and the Seattle Sounders take on Brad Davis and the Houston Dynamo Friday night on NBC Sports in one of the big games of the week.
Do you like games in pastels? Mauro Rosales and the Seattle Sounders take on Brad Davis and the Houston Dynamo Friday night on NBC Sports in one of the big games of the week.

In this installment of your weekly preview, we get to see a few games tonight from four teams that are contenders for their respective leagues, teams trying to get by without players called into the Olympic qualifiers, and some good games to end the weekend. Join me after the break for the lowdown.


Friday, March 23rd

Morelia v Club America-Estadio Morelos, Morelia-KO 8:00pm Azteca America/Fox Deportes

This is a battle between second and third place. Morelia is coming off a win against Estudiantes Tecos with two quick strikes from Edgar Lugo. Lugo has scored a bit with Miguel Sabah trying to regain his form. Club America is coming off a win as well against Pumas that was a bigger challenge then expected. The late goal from Vicente Vuoso got Club America the 2-1 win at Azteca. Two match up to watch in this budding rivalry: Aquivaldo Mosquera v Miguel Sabah and Christian Benitez v who ever replaces Adrian Alderete. The two big defenders (Mosquera and the replacement) will have the respective forwards. Mosquera will have a little harder of a time as he may have to deal with Edgar Lugo as well. A must watch this weekend.

Saturday, March 24th

Chivas v Toluca-Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara-KO 8:00pm-Telemundo

Both teams are coming off ties against their opponents (Chivas tied Queretaro and Toluca tied Monterrey). The interesting thing about this game is how well the teames will adapt. Chivas have the most first teamers called up. The ever present threat that is Ivan Alonso should be the deciding factor. How many new academy players will debut for Chivas and which one will stand out to make a different?

Sunday, March 25th

Puebla v Cruz Azul-Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla-KO Noon Azteca America

Juan Carlos Osorio is on the hot seat...again! He hasn't been able to get his team to win. They haven't won at home all season. He is on the verge of getting the axe in a very similar way he did when he was in New Jersey. Juan Carlos Osorio resigned from Puebla yesterday. Cruz Azul is in a bit of a rut as well. In their last four games (Libertardores included), they have lost their last four games. They lost first place in their group in Libertardores and have dropped to tenth in the Primera. This should be a good one to watch just to see who can muster up a win in tough times.


Friday, March 23rd

Sounders v Houston Dynamo-CenturyLink Field, Seattle-KO 9:00pm NBC Sports Network

After a 3-0 win against TFC last week, Seattle face a Houston team that has won both of its games thus far this season. Seattle should be prepared for a physical as Houston are a physical team. Seattle will be without Mauro Rosales and Steve Zakuani (still and probably won't be back until July) while the "amazing goal scorer" Eddie Johnson is doubtful. The Dynamo are healthy. Will the crowd factor into this game as it tends to? Or will Houston get another 1-0 win?

Saturday, March 24th

Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union-Toyota Park, Bridgeview-KO 7:30pm Comcast Sports Net Chicago/MLS Live/Direct Kick

It's the Fire home opener. After a tie in Montreal, all signals tend to point to this game being one for the Fire to win. The turmoil in the Union camp and questionable status of Chris Albright and of Michael and Gabriel Farfan make one lean towards this belief. But the Fire should still be weary of Danny Mwanga. For the Fire, one of the questions is the growing discontent with Marco Pappa among the fans. No first assists since the opening game of the 2011 season. Will Robayo make his regular season debut to take that place or will Marco play his role in order to produce for the greater good of the team?

Sunday, March 25th

New York Red Bulls v Colorado Rapids-Red Bull Arena, Harrison-KO 3:00pm ESPN/ESPN Deportes

Why am I highlighting the Red Bulls since the start of the MLS season? It's a little bit of joy watching them lose every week and also to see how long it takes for this team to come together and right the ship. This week, they face the Rapids who have managed to win two of two. They are doing well without Conor Casey. This weekend, they will be without the hated ginger (by Fire fans at least), Jeff Larentowicz. With Juan Agudelo out for the qualifier, the Red Bull seem to be at full power. Will this be the week that New York wins or will this be the week Hans Backe gets the axe as many of his collegues have?

Sporting KC v FC Dallas-Livestrong Park, Kansas City-KO 6:00pm Galavision

This has the potential of being one of the best games of the week. Two of the three preseason favorites to take MLS Cup will go head to head. Two glaring absences for this game will be Brek Shea and Teal Bunbury as they are both in the US camp for the qualifiers. Look out for Blas Perez on the Dallas side. He scored his first goal in MLS in the last game against PDX (two assist against New York the week prior).

What games catch your eye this week? What players in Mexico do you think would fit well in MLS? What players have been an early surprise thru two weeks and who do you see breaking out in the next few weeks?