MLS Predictions: 2011 Week 5

MLS Predictions: 2011 Week 5

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 15, 2011
  • 1 Comments
  • 2011 MLS Predictions, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 5

Philadelphia's defense will be put to the test this weekend against Seattle. (Getty Images)

Last night was fun wasn’t it? I’d expect more of it again on Sunday out of Portland but more on that in a moment. We have eight games in total this weekend with four clubs doing the double-duty on the weekend (LA, Chicago, Toronto and Portland). Should be fun.

Feel free to leave your game predictions below.

Saturday

Seattle Sounders FC at Philadelphia Union: I’ll admit, I was wrong (at least so far I have been) about the Union defense. Only one goal allowed in so far in four games is pretty impressive. But saying that their offense has to start getting more production out of the big three, Danny Mwanga, Carlos Ruiz and Sebastien Le Toux. On the other side, Seattle has to find a way to pressure the Union defense into some costly mistakes early. They’ll likely get Fredy Montero back for this one, which should be interesting to see him and Ruiz on the field at the same time. This one feels like a draw.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Seattle 1

Chivas USA at Vancouver Whitecaps: Another home match at Empire Field, a place I find highly underrated in terms of the crowd and all. Chivas USA hasn’t shown me enough out of both ends of the pitch (offense or defense) so far to even consider them in this one. The Whitecaps get Eric Hassli back for this one but will he play a full 90? Even if he plays, will he find a way not to get red carded in this one? Either way the entertainment factor in this one is worth watching, even if Chivas isn’t up to par with the expansion club. I feel like we could see plenty of goals in this one.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 4, Chivas 2

D.C. United at Toronto FC: I keep saying it but it is true, Toronto FC is improving by the game. Three straight draws may not make some people believe that but it is true. United on the other hand are good and have improved on the year but they have to find more ways to score than from the penalty spot. Toronto’s defense has shown in the last couple games that they can hold teams to little or no goals. I like the Reds’ chances in this one to get three more points believe it or not. Aron Winter is getting just enough out of this club to do it.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, D.C. 0

Sporting Kansas City at Columbus Crew: One side of the ball you have a tough defense and the other you have a really good offense. So what gives in this one? Typically I’d say defense wins out but considering the week off that Sporting had last week, the scale could be tipped in their favor. The Crew have to find ways to get their offense going in this one, maybe it will be Jeff Cunningham’s game to tie the all-time scoring mark in the league. Its going to come sooner or later. I’m going with the draw in this one as I do see the Crew holding Sporting’s offense just enough to get a point.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, SKC 1

San Jose Earthquakes at New York Red Bulls: Will the Red Bulls offense please stand up? Seriously, all that talent and nothing to really show for it so far this season. San Jose manager Frank Yallop believes his club is playing some of its best soccer since re-joining the league a few years ago. While they haven’t been able to get much done at home so far this season, they have looked good on the road (one road win in Dallas 2-0). Until New York shows up I can’t say I have a lot of confidence in picking them straight up here, especially against a pretty decent team like the Quakes. A draw feels more like it.

WVH Prediction: New York 1, San Jose 1

Sunday

LA Galaxy at Chicago Fire: Both teams have their bumps to get over here as LA will be without two key midfields (and maybe a third if Landon Donovan can’t go again). Chicago will need to find a way to get over the loss last night in Portland. The quick turnaround doesn’t help either. LA at leasts get a little extra time to prepare for this one as they played Wednesday night and not last night like the Fire. Chicago needs to find ways to create better and longer spells of possession in this one, so far this season they are one of the worst teams in MLS in keeping the ball. I think LA’s defense will hold the Fire attack, which hasn’t looked all that bad with Marco Pappa and Diego Chaves. I hate doing it but I feel this will be yet another draw on the weekend.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, LA 1

FC Dallas at Portland Timbers: How do you get over an emotional high like last night? Portland has to come back down to reality and play a Dallas team that looked very good last week. Portland was able to get some of the pressure off themselves by winning last night and that’s a good thing for them as beating Dallas won’t be easy. The Timbers’ defense has to find ways to hold the speed on the wings of Dallas in check. Dallas does an excellent job of getting forward and creating lots of chances with their possession. So far, including last night, the Timbers haven’t done well in the possession game this season. It will be interesting to see if Portland can come from behind if Dallas gets on the boards early in this one with David Ferreira or Fabian Castillo.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Portland 0

New England Revolution at Houston Dynamo: The boys in orange looked better last weekend at home against Vancouver. Fast forward to this week and it should be no different as New England will be missing a good core of it’s midfield with Shalrie Joseph sitting this one out due to a red card suspension. The Revs just don’t have the offense to stay in this one while Houston will do well to get on the board at least once in this one to get the three points.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, New England 0

  • Matt (NEF)

    Sounders FC 2
    Philadelphia Union 1

    Chivas USA 1
    Vancouver Whitecaps 3

    DC United 1
    Toronto FC 0

    Sporting KC 0
    Columbus Crew 0

    SJ Earthquakes 1
    NY Red Bulls 1

    LA Galaxy 1
    Chicago Fire 1

    FC Dallas 3
    Portland Timbers 1

    NE Revolution 0
    Houston Dynamo 2