- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 25, 2011
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- 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 2
TGIF, right? The weekend is here, which means we have another full slate of games to go over. Take a gander at the “What to Watch for” post from yesterday to get a sense of what to look for this weekend.
Below are my predictions for this weekend’s action. Feel free to leave your game predictions below in the comments section as well.
Houston Dynamo at Seattle Sounders FC: Let’s face it, even though it is early on, this could be a must-win game for the Sounders. To get off to a 0-3 start would be terrible for the fans in Rave Green, especially with two of the losses being at home. No doubt the offense has to come alive for Sigi Schmid and with the loss of Jermaine Taylor for Houston they could be in luck. Houston didn’t have much on the offensive side which could play well into the hands of the Sounder defense which really hasn’t been that bad so far.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Houston 1
Portland Timbers at Toronto FC: This could be an interesting one to watch. Portland looked out of their element in week one against Colorado, while the Reds looked rather dreadful in Vancouver. I think all Toronto has to really do in this one is focus on getting their defense in order. I think Dwayne De Rosario should be just enough offense to pressure the Timbers into some costly mistakes in the back. Still, saying that I like the Timbers offense with Kenny Cooper and company to at least get on the board in this one. I’m going with a draw.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Portland 1
New York Red Bulls at Columbus Crew: Let’s see just how deep New York is, shall we? The Red Bulls will be hit the hardest this weekend due to international call-ups and Thierry Henry will be sitting this one out with an injury. A big bulk of their lineup will be out in other words, plus their offense really didn’t look that great last week against Seattle. Hans Backe will have to shift some folks around and hope for the best in some ways on the road. I think Columbus was a little better than what we saw in D.C. last week and should do enough to get points in this one.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, New York 0
Vancouver Whitecaps at Philadelphia Union: Reality check time for the Whitecaps, who make their first cross country treck to PPL Park. I have to think Philly is all over them in this one, mostly due to the absence of Jay DeMerit in the back. Let’s not forget for a moment that as good as Vancouver was last week they still gave up two goals to Toronto. The Union should do better than that.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 3, Vancouver 1
Sporting Kansas City at Chicago Fire: Home opener for the Fire while Sporting continues their 10-game road trip to kick off the season. KC looked sharp on offense last week against Chivas but I do wonder if their offense will look half as good against a defense like the Fire’s. I was rather impressed by the Fire’s backline last week in Dallas and I think they’ll stack up better than most would think against SKC’s front three. In the end this one feels like a draw as KC will be without a few elements and I’m not sure if the Fire are “there” just yet to pick them to win a game.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, KC 1
D.C. United at New England Revolution: The Revs weren’t half bad last week in LA, then again they camped on a draw for most of the game. With Charlie Davies going on the road for the first time in MLS, and his confidence sky high after last week, I think it could be a long evening for the Revs. New England will get a couple key members of their defense back for this one, as Kevin Alston and Dieder Domi are back in the lineup. These two always play close battles but it feels like another draw to me.
WVH Prediction: New England 1, DC 1
San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas: Both had disappointing starts to the season. San Jose had to deal with heavy rain and a tough RSL side last week while Dallas had to deal with a Brek Shea red card against Chicago. Dallas has had a fairly busy week but should be good to go in this one, even without Shea. They hold the ball better than San Jose does, which usually lead to better chances on goal. (Note: I’ll be covering this game for BigDSoccer.com this weekend.)
WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, San Jose 1
LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake: Disappointing this game comes on a FIFA fixture weekend. Most key players will be missed in this one for both sides, which will bring up the ol’ depth question for each side. Both are loaded so it shouldn’t really be a huge problem. The game will be battled out in the midfield though and for me that edge still rests with RSL. Even without Alvaro Saborio, I still like their chances to edge out LA in this one at home.
WVH Prediction: RSL 1, LA 0
Colorado Rapids at Chivas USA: It could be a long year for Chivas, unless their defense steps up. They gave up far too many easy chances a week ago to Kansas City. Going against an offense like Colorado won’t be any easier for them. The Rapids made the most of their chances a week ago and should have no problem doing it again on the road.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Chivas 0