MLS Midweek Quick Picks: Week 9

MLS Midweek Quick Picks: Week 9

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 11, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 9

Landon Donovan and Sebastien Le Toux battle tonight. (Getty Images)

Week 9 in Major League Soccer gets started a little early again here. Three games tonight, four if you count a friendly between New York and a soon-to-be MLS side in Montreal. Plenty to get done today so the picks will be quick as usual, don’t worry my What To Watch For post will be up tomorrow as always on Thursdays to preview the upcoming weekend.

LA Galaxy at Philadelphia Union: No David Beckham, no problem says Landon Donovan. The aging Englishman was held out of the midweek trip to Philly to rest his old legs. Wise move by Bruce Arena honestly. Three big games in one week would be pretty rough on anyone and it is a long season. I’m sure Philly fans will be a bit upset at not seeing him but they’ll get over it quickly if their club returns to their normal form at PPL Park. These two met only a few weeks ago with LA giving the Union their first loss of the season, 1-0. I’d expect more of the same low scoring in this one too. Philly has been solid on defense while their offense has yet to light up the boards here. They won’t do it against a quality defense like LA either. This one feels like a tight draw to me.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, LA 1

Toronto FC at FC Dallas: The last time Toronto came to Frisco they got hammered out of the place 4-0. Dallas is mostly the same team as the one who put the beating on them a year ago but their offense has to find a way to get going here. Toronto is a club that hasn’t looked good away from home this season, or really ever in the history of the club. I’d expect a focused and determined Dallas team to put this one away.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Toronto 0

San Jose Earthquakes at Vancouver Whitecaps: Here are two teams that really need three points. Vancouver is starting to get healthy again in their defense as they’ve had a couple decent performances in recent games. San Jose is hoping to just get back to where they were in week two when they beat FC Dallas on the road. That was really the last time this club even remotely looked good here this season. It won’t be easy at Empire Field though for Frank Yallop’s side. With guys like Jay DeMerit looking to return for this one I’m leaning towards the home side, but a draw wouldn’t be shocking either.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 3, San Jose 1