MLS Predictions: 2011 Week 4

MLS Predictions: 2011 Week 4

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 8, 2011
  • 1 Comments
  • 2011 MLS Predictions, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 4

Dallas and Colorado square off in a MLS Cup rematch tonight. (Getty Images)

Match Day four is here for Major League Soccer. Let’s hope this week is another entertaining one in the league. With the games on top this weekend starting tonight, there are plenty of good match-ups to enjoy. Between a rivalry game between New York and Philly, a MLS Cup rematch and the always entertaining LA-DC games, this weekend is packed with good stuff.

Some how Portland and Kansas City get this weekend off.

Feel free to include your game predictions below.

Friday

Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas: The ol’ MLS Cup rematch tonight. Dallas hasn’t looked great all season while Colorado has looked the exact opposite. Gary Smith’s club leads the league right now in the standings while Schellas Hyndman’s team is at the very bottom. Dallas has to sort out their defense and their discipline in this one. Keeping 11 on the pitch is key but also shutting down the wings and front play of Caleb Folan and Omar Cummings is vital to getting points in this one. I think the Rapids are just too hot right now to cool off in Frisco tonight. Dallas puts up a fight but not a good enough of one.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Dallas 1

Saturday

Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC: The Fire had a week off last week to get healthy and get things in order. The Sounders had another disappointing game that saw them blow a lead on the road to San Jose. I really feel the Sounders are one good game away from really blowing things up and going on a roll here. Sigi Schmid’s team is very talented here not to starting winning some games. The Fire are scrappy and will make it interesting. Their attack has been interesting to watch this season with Diego Chaves and Marco Pappa leading the way. This one feels like a draw but part of me wants to lean the Sounders way.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, Chicago 1

New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union: I’ll admit, I’m pretty excited about this one. Partly because I think Philly will put a real good fight into this one even though I think New York is loaded now with Dwayne De Rosario. This one should be a battle all the way though, I have a good feeling we’ll see plenty of flops by Carlos Ruiz but also some flashy play out of Juan Agudelo. I hate calling a lot of draws but this one feels like it will end on level ground though I wouldn’t put it past Philly to “upset” New York in this one.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, New York 1

Real Salt Lake at New England Revolution: Both teams had a midweek game and both were fairly emotionally charged. RSL could come crashing down after their CCL semifinal win against Saprissa (yes I know they lost that game but winning the series was what counts here). Jason Kreis will have to get his team up for this one, which shouldn’t be a problem given the fact that New England really hasn’t looked all that great. The Revs’ game in Vancouver confirmed a lot of my thoughts about them earlier this week, I just don’t think they are as good as their record speaks at the moment. RSL sneaks in and gets three points in this one.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, New England 1

LA Galaxy at D.C. United: Another game that I am looking forward to. Bruce Arena coming back to D.C. is always an interesting game to me. LA looked miles better last week in their win over Philadelphia but still have some offensive issues to sort out I think. They aren’t scoring in waves like most would think with Juan Pablo Angel, David Beckham and Landon Donovan. Maybe facing a banged up D.C. team that had a midweek USOC match will do the trick. I’m sure Ben Olsen will get his club ready for this one but I don’t think they have the offensive juice to stay with LA.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, D.C. 0

Columbus Crew at Chivas USA: I always say there is at least one “dud” of a game in a weekend and this one may be it. The Crew have done enough to get where they are at right now in the season but I still don’t see them as a contender yet in the East. Chivas on the other hand has a lot of work left to do but they are making some strides as we saw them pick up a draw last week in Toronto. I got a feeling the Crew will pull this one out as they get Jeff Cunningham off the boards here as he ties for the league all-time goal mark. Yup, I’m calling that.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Chivas 1

Toronto FC at San Jose Earthquakes: San Jose has looked better than their record suggests, that is for sure. Still they haven’t found that magic at home yet this season. This may be that weekend it happens for Frank Yallop’s team though. Toronto has never looked good on the west coast, so why begin now when the club is still in transition right? Chris Wondolowski probably nets a pair and San Jose moves up the table.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 3, Toronto 1

Sunday

Vancouver Whitecaps at Houston Dynamo: Busy week for the Caps, I just wonder if they have anyone left to play for this one as suspensions, injuries and international callups have to be taking it’s toll on this club. Houston needs a game like this though where they can beat a scrappy team like Vancouver and get some confidence. Their offense needs to get going with Brian Ching, rookie Will Bruin and Geoff Cameron. I’m calling Houston’s number in this one but my gut tells me Vancouver could still get a point in this one as well.

WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Vancouver 0

  • Good Stuff, Drew. My Predictions:

    FCD 1 – Rapids 1
    Seattle 2 – Chicago 0
    Red Bulls 3 – Philly 1
    Revs 1 – RSL 1
    DC 1 – LA 0
    Crew 0 – Chivas 1
    Quakes 2 – Toronto 1
    Houston 2 – Caps 0