MLS: Week 24 talking points

San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Wondolowski

Don’t blink; another jam-packed MLS week starts in a few hours. With 11 games lined up, this week should be more exciting than the last and will certainly keep the spectators on the edge of their seats.

Here are week 24’s most intriguing topics.

Will the California boys bounce back?

LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes had a rough week 23.

LA went into Columbus as the top dog, but left with their faces planted in their palms. Yes, it was that bad. Robbie Keane and his teammates could only watch as Columbus Crew scorched Jaime Penedo four times.

That team wasn’t the Galaxy that we’ve all grown to love; or hate.

This week, they get two chances to redeem themselves. On Wednesday, they travel to Colorado to face a team that has mastered the art of conceding early goals and losing dishonorably. To make matters worse for the Colorado Rapids, their skipper, motivator and top center back, Drew Moor, has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

After their visit to the Mile High City, the Galaxy only has two days to return to the StubHub Center and prepare for Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps will be a tricky matchup because of their youth, explosiveness and MVP candidate Perdro Morales, but as long as LA doesn’t have another mental breakdown, they should pick up all three points in front of their home crowd.

After losing 5-0 to FCD Dallas, the Earthquakes will look to bounce back against Seattle Sounders and Philadelphia Union. Chris Wondolowski and co. will have their hands full trying to take down two teams desperate for a win.

Seattle hasn’t been at their best since Clint Dempsey and Deandre Yedlin returned from the World Cup. Sigi Schmid’s side has lost three of its four last game and dropped out of the top spot in the Western Conference.

Despite being undefeated in the last five league games, the Union is still outside the playoffs picture in the Eastern Conference. A victory and a New York Red Bulls loss would lift them into a top five position.

The clash of MLS titans.

Another week, another set of matchups involving the top teams from each conference.

First up, FC Dallas welcomes RSL into Toyota Stadium. The latter has its grip on the top spot in the west, while the former is unbeaten in its last nine games.

This game promises to be a goal fest because both teams are among the most offensive sides in MLS. FCD leads the league in goals scored, 43, and RSL isn’t that far off with 38 goals in 24 matches.

A day after the Western Conference showdown, DC United take their talents to Sporting Park to take on Supporters’ Shield leaders Sporting Kansas City. The triumphant side will have sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Both sides have momentum due to superb performances last week. SKC easily dispatched Toronto FC 4-1, and DC defeated the Rapids 4-2.

Will Robert Earnshaw make his second MLS debut against his former side and help Chicago pick up a much-needed win?

The last few weeks have been rough for the Chicago Fire. First, they suffered a hefty 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Sounders in the Lamar Hunt Open Cup, and then they went on the road and lost to MLS bottom team, Montreal Impact.

But their fortune could change drastically this week. They bolstered their attack by signing veteran poacher Robert Earnshaw. The Welsh forward scored eight goals during his one-year stint in Toronto.

Frank Yallop will be hoping for the best from his new acquisition when his side travels to Canada to take on Toronto FC. If Chicago manages to lose, it would surely be the end of their playoff pursuit.

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