- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 6, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 8
For some reason this week just pasted me by here. Maybe that was because work wasn’t too bad on the day-job front this week and I was able to relax a bit. More than likely that won’t be the case next week as we move further into May. This is a busy-busy month soccer wise as several clubs, including the one I end up covering the most FC Dallas, has plenty of games this month.
Anyways, like I mentioned yesterday week eight in Major League Soccer is a busy one. Eight games in two days.
Philadelphia Union at Portland Timbers: The debut of “Soccer Night in America” on Fox Soccer tonight should be a good one. The Portland Timbers are, as we all know by now, very good at home. The friendly confines of JELD-WEN Field are noted already and the Philadelphia Union appear to be a big test for the Timbers. No doubt the compact space for the Timbers is what brings out the advantage for them, that and having 18k+ right on top of the field helps. Philadelphia will have to lean on their play up top to put pressure on the shaky Portland defense. In the end I think Portland edges out a win here, Philadelphia hasn’t shown yet that they can score in bunches to beat people and against Portland they may have to.
WVH Prediction: Portland 2, Philadelphia 1
Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake: A big contest for the expansion class of 2005. Chivas is on a five-game unbeaten run and are winners of their last two. Grant it they were against weaker sides but still Robin Fraser has his club heading in the right direction while Real Salt Lake is hoping to get back on the right track here after a rough week last week that saw them fall in the CCL final and at Portland. I think the mentally strong RSL side will bounce back in this one as Jason Kreis’s club typically doesn’t fall two games in a row at home here. Chivas is looking good but their midfield will get clobbered by RSL’s here on the road.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Chivas 0
Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC: Houston has drawn three games away from Robertson Stadium this season while the Reds have drawn three of their five home games this season at BMO Field. Given the fact that both are coming off mid-week games here I think a draw sounds pretty likely. Houston seems like a smarter pick but given the way they played on Wednesday night, I’m falling back in the “not-so-sure” category when talking about them here.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Houston 1
Seattle Sounders FC at Columbus Crew: One thing I’ve learned already about this season is that nothing is a sure-bet. While Seattle looked good in a couple games without Steve Zakuani, Wednesday night in D.C. they seemingly crashed back to reality to face up to the fact that they are bothered by injuries here on offense. Not a good sign when you have to stay on the road and face on of the league’s toughest defenses. Now that the Crew’s offense is starting to get off the ground it could make for a long plane ride back to the Pacific Northwest for Sigi Schmid’s club.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Seattle 0
FC Dallas at D.C. United: United is one tough cookie to crack at the moment. When they are on, things are great but boy when they are off their defense is leaky and their offense can’t hold it together. I’m not sure which will show up tomorrow night against FC Dallas. The Toros on the other hand are still learning life without David Ferreira and had some nice luck last week against LA in their first game without him. Now that they head on the road it will be time to see if Eric Avila can really handle the load offensively and if Fabian Castillo can continue scoring. I think the speed of Dallas on the wings will be tough for United’s defense to handle but I do believe this one ends level. Confidence has to be growing in D.C. after the win over Seattle on Wednesday, that will get them at least a point in this one.
WVH Prediction: D.C. United 1, FC Dallas 1
Colorado Rapids at New England Revolution: This one could be pretty interesting. Right now neither side has shown any form of consistency here this season and when these two meet it is always a physical battle. I’d expect a few cards in this one. The Revs must take advantage of the tired legs from the Rapids (midweek winners at Houston). The Rapids are still hurting up top which should be good enough for the Revs to get three points in this one.
WVH Prediction: New England 1, Colorado 0
Vancouver Whitecaps at Chicago Fire: I think the Fire is slowly getting “there” with their midfield but they do still have a ways to go if they want to be considered a contender here. I think Diego Chaves could have a field day against a Whitecaps defense that has been very leaky this season, especially on the road. The Caps are looking for their first road point and I just don’t see it happening at Toyota Park.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, Vancouver 0
New York Red Bulls at LA Galaxy: Of course this is the game everyone will be talking about. New York will be facing their biggest test to date on the road in LA. We know the types of games we get out of these two so this one will be no different. While I love what the Red Bulls have been doing recently I know the Galaxy will want to respond to their loss at Dallas last week with a big result here. LA was much better than the result in Dallas suggested and probably would have scored before the rain delay. Still, New York has put up some amazing numbers defensively in recent weeks but to lesser sides (SJ, DC and KC). Getting a shutout in LA won’t happen but I think a draw is possible.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, NY 2