- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 22, 2011
- 1 Comments
- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 6
It’s Good Friday and I’m pretty happy to finally have a day of rest from the day job. I felt like knocking these game predictions for the weekend out a little early since there is a game tonight. As last night showed in D.C., this could easily be a statement weekend for some clubs. I thought New York did very well to put their stamp on the game last night and winning 3-0 on the road is never easy to do.
Below are how I see the games playing out this weekend. Feel free to leave your score predictions.
Seattle Sounders FC at Colorado Rapids: Colorado has to find a way to respond after two straight losses. They haven’t looked well in the last two games, both on the road, so coming home will be nice for them. Seattle I think has been one of the better sides in the league, despite their record. They’ll put a lot of pressure on the Rapids with their attack as Fredy Montero is starting to get back in the swing of things. This one will be won on the wings, as both clubs have quality players out wide. In the end I see another draw here for Seattle. I’m not sure they’ll be able to win on the road but I do think they’ll be able to keep with the Rapids even with the returning Pablo Mastroeni.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Seattle 1
Columbus Crew at Toronto FC: A rivalry game here, one that Toronto has never seen three points in. TFC has to find some luck and some passion here as last week they got clobbered by D.C. United at home 3-0. They’ll need some answers in their attack as the Crew come in with one of the league’s best defenses in terms of goals-against. The Crew haven’t given up a goal since week one. While I don’t see the Crew as nearly as impressive as their defense has been playing, I do think they will get another win in this series here. The Reds just haven’t shown the quality on offense to stay with many teams this season.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Toronto 1
Chivas USA at San Jose Earthquakes: I mentioned yesterday that this is a big game for the Quakes, they need to prove that they can win at home here and that last week was a fluke in New York. Doing so should silence a few folks but if they stumble against a Chivas squad that hasn’t won a game yet this season, people will continue to wonder about this club. Chivas is on a three game unbeaten run but they haven’t found the quality in their attack just yet. You have to wonder when exactly they’ll come alive too. I think San Jose finds enough out of Chris Wondolowski, who’s ben quiet since week two, to win this one.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, Chivas 0
FC Dallas at Vancouver Whitecaps: You have to wonder a lot with both teams here. Dallas has to rebound and prove they are indeed a contender here this season with this game. Vancouver on the other hand has to show they can indeed hang with one of the bigger clubs in the league. It could be a shootout as neither side’s defense have risen to the challenge so far this season. It will come down to the guys in the middle of the park as Vancouver will need to contain MVP David Ferreira, if they slow him down they’ll stand a good chance at getting points in this one. It feels like a wild draw to me, as much as I think Dallas is better than what we’ve seen so far out of them this season, I just don’t see them winning this one here.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Dallas 2
Sporting Kansas City at New England Revolution: The Revs will probably be a fun club to watch in a couple weeks once Benny Feilhaber gets used to his new club. I’m just not sure they’re ready yet to be a club that could be a contender though. Sporting KC needs another win on the road here to lift their spirits a bit. So far they haven’t been able to must a lot since their week one win against Chivas. We know they can score but against better defenses they’ve shown that their offense can be slowed down. Columbus did an excellent job at maintaining their pressure and forced them into mistakes. New England’s defense is pretty good right now and I think should be able to hold Sporting for this match. It won’t be pretty though.
WVH Prediction: New England 1, Sporting KC 0
Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire: Something has to give in Chicago. This club can’t be this bad at defense (they’ve given up the most goals so far in the league). A couple weeks ago they looks like a club that most would not want to face this season but the last three games have proven what I expected out of them to start the season. Gaps in the midfield and in defense are exposing them left and right. Not a good time to face a surging Dynamo team either. I’ve been pretty impressed with the Dynamo in recent games. They aren’t a sexy club to watch but they are starting to get the job done. With a new playmaker in Sergio Koke they could be on the right track here too.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Chicago 1
Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy: Time to see the real Timbers here this weekend. Their last two games at home were special, no doubt about that. But against a quality club like LA on the road it won’t be easy. The Timbers showed in both games last week that they still have a lot of work to do in defense as they gave up too many soft goals late. LA will be all over them from the start too. Should Landon Donovan return to the lineup, the Galaxy will likely have little problems getting three points in this one.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, Portland 1