- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 24, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Game Predictions, Game Previews, MLS Cup Playoffs, Playoff Push, Week 31, Weekend Previews
Just one final weekend stands between four MLS clubs and playoff glory. Thing is only two of those clubs will be able to enjoy that glory. The old “Just Win Baby” slogan will ring true to those four clubs.
One club did catch a break last night as Kansas City punched their ticket to the dance thanks to a New York blowout loss to the Fire in Chicago. The Wizards will either play Columbus or Houston in the first round of the playoffs (all depends on DC’s result this weekend).
Week 31 has six games on the menu for us all to enjoy, two with major implications for the post season. As always feel free to post your predictions below.
Kansas City Wizards – at – New England Revolution: Looks like the Revs will not go into the post season with any sort of positive momentum while the Wizards look good heading into the playoffs. With the Wizards in the playoffs it takes a little steam out of this game. Look for this one to be a pretty evenly played game. Both will want to get momentum going forward for the playoffs but each will want to probably rest some key players. KC on the road this year hasn’t been anything to brag about which leads me to take the Revs in this one. I think New England is a bit more desperate to get back on track here, especially since the Wizards won’t be pushing hard to get in the playoffs now that they have clinched.
WVH Prediction: New England 2, KC 1
Real Salt Lake – at – Colorado Rapids: I said it a month or so ago, it would all come down to this game for these two. One would move on while the other would end up wondering what could have been. Each have been hot and cold over the last month or so too. Colorado kicked it into gear last week to push it to this game while RSL made sure they didn’t drop any more points at home this year. This Mountain Cup game should be one of the best since it has so much on the line. RSL doesn’t score a lot on the road while Colorado doesn’t give up a lot at home this year. The Rapids need the full three points so expect RSL to sit back and go for the draw in this one. I think a late surge by Conor Casey will do it though for the Rapids and upset RSL here.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, RSL
Toronto FC – at – San Jose Earthquakes: Two clubs that are already wondering what could have been this year and where things went wrong square off. Definitely not the sexiest of matchups this weekend for clubs that have no playoff hopes left. Toronto will go into a full rebuild mode after this game while the Quakes will be left to figure out what kind of offense they can add next year to help boost that attack. For this one I like the home side simply because of Darren Huckerby. His play should be more than enough to lift the Quakes over the visiting Reds.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Toronto 0
Houston Dynamo - at – Chivas USA: Could this be the western conference final preview? Maybe. Just depends on what both managers want to put out there on the field this weekend. Of all the games this one may have the littlest of meaning as both pretty much know where they will be in the first round of the playoffs. Chivas does have a chance to score three points at home and possibly move up into contention to play in SuperLiga next year but I doubt that is a major concern right now for them. I really could care less about this one so I will stay with the home side for the mild upset because of guys like Sasha Kljestan.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, Houston 0
FC Dallas – at – LA Galaxy: Very interesting matchup of two eliminated clubs. Who will win the Golden Boot? Landon Donovan or Kenny Cooper? This game will determine that. A bigger question (that won’t be answered right away) is will this be the final MLS game for Cooper and Donovan? Look for this game to be a bit crazy too. Both times these clubs met this year it was a blowout and then a coach got fired a day later. While I doubt Schellas Hyndman or Bruce Arena have any worry of getting fired this time around but look for some goals between these two. I think it will end up as a crazy draw and be one of the more entertaining games of the year. Cooper and Donovan will go out in style if that is the case.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, Dallas 3
DC United – at – Columbus Crew: I would imagine the Crew to continue to rest a few players but still start some key guys here and there so they aren’t too rusty going into the playoffs. Last week they rested a bunch of players but I see Sigi Schmid only resting a couple this time around. They host a desperate DC club that was just given a gift of life by the Red Bulls. Thing is they have to get three points against a club that has absolutely owned them this year. DC has also been terrible on the road this year while the Crew have been one of the better home sides this year. I think Columbus will get on the board early and sit on the lead then to only allow DC a game-tying goal. Yup, a draw is what I figure here with DC failing to reach the post season in the process.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, DC 1