Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Toronto FC

Toronto’s disappointing season is over as far as playoff hopes go, but they travel to an in-form New England on Saturday night looking to end the campaign on a high.

The Revs come into the game off the back of a good away win against Houston Dynamo last Thursday, they wrapped up a second place finish in the Eastern Conference with that result.

More would have been expected at the start of the season from Toronto and they will be disappointed with their season, as they struggled to ever find a good run of form.

The Revs have only lost one in their last nine all competitions and have been reaping the rewards in terms of their position in the table.

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Lee Nguyen, a challenger for the MVP award, has been excellent and his confidence has been sky high. Without his astonishing 17 goals from midfield, New England would not be second in the table.

Toronto need to have a strong finish to the season and reassess for next term, but they will be without Jermain Defoe once again, a situation they may have to get used to as his future is very much up in the air.

Dominic Oduro’s two goals in 23 games is far from satisfactory for a player with the potential he has, while Gilberto will have expected to score more than seven in his first season in MLS.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – We’re running out of superlatives to describe the midfielder and he will be heavily involved in the game once again.

Key stat: Toronto have failed to keep a clean sheet in five, so we can expect goals.

New England Revolution Last 5: L/W/W/D/W

Toronto Last 5: W/L/L/L/D

Prediction: New England Revolution 2-1 Toronto


Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs DC United

Montreal Impact entertain DC United this weekend in the Canadian side’s final game of the season, though looking at the game in short, it would appear an open and shut case.

The Impact have struggled all season to find any form and with 18 losses to their 33 played its not surprising they’re at the foot of the Eastern Conference.

DC just keep on rolling through the games, three wins on the bounce and unbeaten in eight in all competitions, it is the form of a side worthy of silverware, and they will hope for MLS Cup glory at the end of the playoffs.

The strength and experience in the DC midfield has certainly helped to make them one of the most consistent sides across the entire league.

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And with Eddie Johnson now finding form, United could be a real threat in the post-season.

Montreal will take some expectation into the game, with a commendable record in previous ties against DC, avoiding defeat in three of the last six.

DC will finish the regular season at the top of the Eastern Conference regardless of the result in Montreal, but they will want to continue to showcase their winning mentality and nothing but a win will be seen as acceptable.

Key Player: Fabian Espindola –  Again, it has to be his goal output to comment on and he will surely fancy his chances of finding the net against one of the league’s weakest sides.

Key stat: Connect four? Montreal have drawn their last three games, and they’ll have to be alert to take anything from the game but without a loss in three, there is no reason they can’t send the home fans happy for the winter.

Montreal Impact Last 5: W/L/D/D/D

DC United Last 5: W/W/D/W/W

Prediction: Montreal Impact 1-3 DC United