- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 29, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 7
I can’t say how happy I am that it is Friday here. It hasn’t been a nasty-long week here at work for me but for some reason this week dragged by more than it should have. It’s hard to believe it but after this weekend, we’ll be in the month of May. Let’s go a head and call May the busy month as several clubs have more than the normal share of games. I know locally here in Dallas, FC Dallas has seven games this month. Busy, busy.
This weekend slate is a busy one a game tonight and on Sunday sandwiched between seven on Saturday. Let’s get down to the predictions shall we?
D.C. United at Houston Dynamo: Big game for D.C. in my mind, they have to respond after getting whacked last week at home to the Red Bulls. Facing the Dynamo on the road won’t be an easy thing either considering the Dynamo haven’t lost in their last five. I see the boys in Orange as an up and coming team here right now in the league. Dominic Kinnear appears to have his club headed in the right direction and another win could help convince more people around the league the same. Ben Olsen on the other hand has to find some consistency in his club, mainly through the midfield. I see the edge in this one going to the Dynamo for that reason as Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis work very nicely together while United’s bunch are still learning how to play with one another here it seems.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, D.C. 1
San Jose Earthquakes at Philadelphia Union: Another statement game if you will, but really for both sides. Philadelphia really needs to prove to a lot of people that they do belong in the contenders discussion here this season. Right now their offense just isn’t cutting it for folks around the league as Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga and Carlos Ruiz haven’t tore up the scoreboards like many thought they would. San Jose on the other hand has been sliding down for weeks and after last weekend’s loss to Chivas USA, it seems they’ve hit rock bottom. Their offense hasn’t looked nearly the same as we saw last year when Chris Wondolowski went on an impressive scoring streak to become the Golden Boot winner. With three goals to his name this season he needs some help. I see the Union making their statement in this game as they’ve had the time to rest and get ready for this one. I see a big game for Le Toux here as well.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, San Jose 0
Vancouver Whitecaps at Columbus Crew: Another club that has quietly put together an impressive run lately is the Crew. Unbeaten in their last five and so far they’ve only given up four goals on the season (three of which came in the season opener). Chad Marshall, Julius James and company are doing a great job in the back but their offense isn’t cutting it so far. Good time to play a struggling club like Vancouver right? Absolutely. The Whitecaps are too banged up right now to really stay with a tough defensive club like the Crew. Columbus has to get on the boards early in this one to put the pressure on the visitors here. They’ve talked this week how they think their offense is fine but they need to prove it.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Vancouver 0
Sporting Kansas City at New York Red Bulls: Can the Red Bulls keep it up? Seven goals in their last two games and now they host a club that easily has one of the worst defenses in the league right now. Sporting hasn’t done anything special on defense yet this season to make people think they are contenders here. We know their offense can score with Kei Kamara and Teal Bunbury but that’s about it. Until Peter Vermes fixes this defense it could be a long way until their home opener. I see New York controlling this game through their midfield. They should be able to put this one away early like they have in their last two games.
WVH Predictions: New York 3, Kansas City 0
Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids: This could be a dud of a game really. Both clubs come stumbling into this one and we still don’t know the frame of mind that the Rapids will be in now that they know how long Brian Mullan is out on suspension. The Rapids haven’t seen a single spark in their offense in their last three games, being shutout in those games. The Fire on the other hand can score but they’re also giving up goals in bunches as well. Carlos de los Cobos’ club continues to fall down the order and they’ve never been a good team in Colorado in the first place. But saying that I don’t see the Rapids winning this one either. A draw feels more like it until we see the Rapids offense come alive again here.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Chicago 1
Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders FC: Tough week for the Sounders, they lose Steve Zakuani for the year and likely O’Brien White for an extended amount of time as well. It is indeed time for the big money makers to step up in Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez. The two DPs needs to shine and take the Sounders’ fans minds off the injuries here. It will definitely be an emotional game for them and playing a team like Toronto is probably what the doctor ordered. TFC looked better against Columbus last week but still gave up too many easy balls in defense that Columbus pounced on. A better offense like the one Seattle has will put those shots away. I see the Sounders doing well in this one and getting another three points.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Toronto 1
Real Salt Lake at Portland Timbers: I would be willing to bet that this one here is the game most are interested in watching this weekend. I know I am. You have RSL who have to be in a weird state right now after the loss to Monterrey this past Wednesday going into what could be the toughest place to play in MLS, JELD-WEN Field. Portland came back down to reality last weekend in LA but they appear to be a new animal at home. Jason Kreis’ club won’t be too fazed by the crowd though and will want to respond to their CCL loss here early. Should Portland go down early it will be tough to see them come back in this one. As good as the Timbers have looked at home their defense just can’t hang with a club like RSL for 90 minutes.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Portland 1
New England Revolution at Chivas USA: This one is definitely intriguing now that the Revs look like they could actually be contenders here. I was very down on them until I saw their offense come alive last week against Kansas City. Sure some of it had to do with having a man-advantage in the second half but more of it had to do with Benny Feilhaber and Rajko Lekic. Chivas got their first win of the season last week at San Jose and are looking better by the week but they still have some issues. I don’t see their midfield hanging with the Revs in this one but I do believe they’ll find a way to grind out another positive result. Something about the way the Goats are playing makes me call the draw here.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, New England 1
LA Galaxy at FC Dallas: Big game for Dallas as they host LA here on Sunday. Pizza Hut Park will likely be sold out for this one as David Beckham makes his final trip to Frisco here. Seeing Dallas without David Ferreira will be interesting to see. I’m more curious about what kind of formation Dallas brings to the table. Earlier in the week I called for a 4-4-2 but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Schellas Hyndman keep the same 4-1-4-1 out there for this one. Even with Beckham taking a red-eye back to Dallas from London, he’ll still play in this one and be a factor for sure. LA looked very good last week against Portland as Landon Donovan finally got off the mark for the season and scored a pair. I could see this one either get ugly real quick like some Galaxy games here in Dallas have been in the past or it will stay close throughout. The latter of the two feels like the better call but I wouldn’t be shocked either way at this point.
WVH Prediction: LA 1, FC Dallas 0