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The Major League Soccer season is starting to establish a hierarchy now and this weekend will provide even further pointers to which teams we should be watching.  The New York Red Bulls 4-0 destruction of DC United on Thursday (and the return to goal scoring form of Thierry Henry) looks ominous in the Eastern Conference and Real Salt Lake still haven’t dropped a point in the Western, but which three games should you look out for over the Easter weekend?

Vancouver v FC Dallas- It’s fair to say that the Whitecaps season has spluttered slightly since the opening day high but it is at least still moving forward. The number of injuries has been brutal and the centre of midfield has been a particular weak point in the last two games (largely to the absence of Dunfield and Khoffie). I wonder whether TeiturThordason will consider switching to a 4-3-3 that could become  a 4-51 when Dallas have the ball? That may go some way to covering up the deficiency.

Dallas have struggled so far this season and were beaten in Portland last time out. The Whitecaps need a home win against a Conference rival.

Colorado v Seattle- The Sounders had a sluggish start to the season but are showing signs of life now, and will be hoping to take advantage of the slumping Rapids. Colorado seem to be suffering a hangover form winning the MLS Cup last season and have lost their last two games.

If Seattle have the courage to attack Colorado from the off then they could come away with all three points but I suspect the Rapids to be fired up in front of their home fans and to be too much for their opponents.

LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers- The Timbers have finally got to play a couple of home games, and what great games they were, but as Vancouver has discovered playing on the road is a much harder prospect. LA managed to produce a win last time out without the likes of Beckham, Donovan and Juninho on the field which bodes well for their squad strength.

Portland would be ecstatic with a point here but the Galaxy are definite Conference contenders and should win comfortably. I just wish that coach Bruce Arena allowed his players to play with more style than the ruthlessly pragmatic approach that he seems to have instilled in them.

 

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