MLS Midweek Preview: Week 8

MLS Midweek Preview: Week 8

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 4, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 8

Brad Evans and the Sounders try to continue their winning ways against D.C. tonight. (Getty Images)

This week gets started a little early with a pair of games tonight. Both should be good games as they each feature a club on a hot six-game unbeaten run. The Seattle Sounders FC and the Houston Dynamo are doing very well at the moment while their opponents tonight are struggling to find their ways at the moment.

Below are my quick picks and previews for tonight’s games, feel free to leave your own predictions below.

Seattle Sounders FC at D.C. United: Just when we thought D.C. United was headed in the right direction they ended up going in the exact opposite way. They’ve been hammered in their last couple games and it’s not all down to their defense. For me, really, it’s their midfield lack of ability to maintain positive possession and create chances for their offense that is hurting them at the moment. Ben Olsen has a lot of work to do but getting a home game against the Sounders could be a good thing for his club. The thing is Seattle has looked very good in recent weeks, even without Steve Zakuani and O’Brien White. Fredy Montero is finally producing and if he gets going early in this one, United won’t stand a chance. D.C. will make it interesting being at home but I like the Sounders to continue their current run.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, D.C. 1

Colorado Rapids at Houston Dynamo: What has made Houston impressive in recent weeks is their midfield. Brad Davis has been an assist machine and Geoff Cameron has been able to be the imposing player that he can be defensively and offensively. The Dynamo’s offense is finally showing positive signs of life and look like true competitors in the Eastern Conference. The Rapids are slowly getting out of a three-game funk as they drew the Fire last weekend at home. The result was needed but still wasn’t great out of this bunch. Until they get healthy it will be hard to expect any big offensive outburst out of this team. I doubt Houston keeper Tally Hall will be tested too much in this one as the Dynamo continue their impressive run with another strong performance tonight. I just hope to see a little more of the Dancing Bear out of rookie Will Bruin.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Colorado 0