- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 1, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Predictions, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 3
This weekend in Major League Soccer is a tad lighter, in a way it takes me back to a time with fewer clubs in the league. Okay, maybe not. It is Friday, so that means it is prediction time. Let’s not waste anymore time.
FC Dallas at Columbus Crew: Both need points, and in a way both need a win to get things going here. I just don’t see that happening tonight though with a cold weather atmosphere at Crew Stadium and neither team looking great at the moment. Biggest question on my mind, will Jeff Cunningham do what he always does best, scoring goals against a former club. I say he bags one to tied the league all-time mark but Dallas pulls one back late.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Dallas 1
Chivas USA at Toronto FC: I still wonder how Toronto managed to open their season with two expansion teams and then Chivas. Still, the Reds looked miles better last week against Portland and showed they will score plenty of quality goals this season. Chivas hasn’t proven anything to anyone so far this season and I doubt they’ll do it on the road in Canada this weekend. Toronto gets the full three points and somehow finds themselves near the top of the Eastern Conference standings come Sunday. Weird thought, I know.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, Chivas 0
Sporting Kansas City at Vancouver Whitecaps: No Omar Bravo will change the way KC does their offense. They do still have Teal Bunbury and Kei Kamara but on the road against a pretty solid defense like what Vancouver has won’t be easy. Vancouver doesn’t have a lot of firepower on offense which could be a good thing for the make shift defense Peter Vermes is having to use at the moment. I still see the Whitecaps sneaking in a goal and frustrating Sporting all day in this one.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, KC 1
Portland Timbers at New England Revolution: The Timbers stay on the east coast for another game, this one in New England against the Revs. Steve Nicol’s side hasn’t looked nearly as bad as we thought they would to start the season, a lot of the credit goes to their midfield for that. Portland still has plenty of work to do in their defense though, but I do see them finding space in the Rev’s defense to get at least a goal in this one. Let’s also not forget that the Timbers had a USOC match back this past week too and then had to go back East for this game. Ouch. I just don’t see them having enough for this one as Shalrie Joseph should command the midfield enough in this one to get New England three more points.
WVH Prediction: New England 2, Portland 1
Houston Dynamo at New York Red Bulls: The Dynamo haven’t hit their stride yet this season but they did manage a solid draw in Seattle last week. Doing that again in New York won’t be easy though as the Red Bulls regain most of their starters from international duty. Hans Backe’s side should really have little trouble putting this one away and controlling the tempo from the midfield.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Houston 0
Philadelphia Union at LA Galaxy: Probably the bigger game of the weekend. Philly fans are very excited with the two wins to start the season but let’s not forget who they’ve beaten so far. Neither game saw a lot of offense from the Union and going west to face the Galaxy will be a serious test. Still, I do think they’ll be up for this one and give it a strong effort to make it interesting. But with the Galaxy looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss in Salt Lake from last week, I just don’t see Philly pulling this one out just yet. But a strong effort will prove a lot to folks around the league that this Union side is for real.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, Philadelphia 1
Seattle Sounders FC at San Jose Earthquakes: The Quakes showed me last weekend that they aren’t so bad after all. They are a gritty club that is deeper than people are giving Frank Yallop credit for and Chris Wonolowski is a beast in the club’s offensive third of the field. Seattle will have to stick to him like glue in this one to not allow him to get the chances on goal that he looks for. I think this will be one of the better games to watch tomorrow and one that will probably even on level terms. Wondo strikes again while Steve Zakuani finds a goal for Seattle.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Seattle 1
D.C. United at Colorado Rapids: One thing you gotta know is that D.C. barely plays well in Colorado. United will be without some of their key defenders for this one too (Perry Kitchen with the US U-20 side, and Dejan Jakovic is suspended). Omar Cummings should return to the lineup for this one and that will be more than enough for the Rapids to get another three points.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 3, D.C. 1