- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 27, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Predictions, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 11
It is a big weekend in Major League Soccer, all 18 clubs are involved in matches, mostly all of them are tomorrow evening. The most interesting match of the weekend is likely the Texas Derby between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo. With Gold Cup callups beginning to mess with MLS teams, this will be a big weekend for clubs that are losing a lot of key players in the coming weeks.
So let’s get down to it.
Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC: Toronto caught a huge break Wednesday when they didn’t have to finish out the Canadian Cup finals with Vancouver. Rain washed away the game and the scoreline that Vancouver had increased in it. Now they hope to take that good luck with them into this game. The Union haven’t looked good on the road this season, aside from their week one win in Houston. I can’t expect too much of that to change in Toronto for them either, even if they do have Carlos Ruiz for another match. A draw seems likely.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Philadelphia 1
New York Red Bulls at Vancouver Whitecaps: Vancouver has to be feeling pretty bad after Wednesday’s game. Eric Hassli gave the Caps the lead in the Canadian Cup but the rain washed that away. Now they have to shift focus to New York, a club that hasn’t been so great as of late. The Red Bulls will be missing so many key players for this one on offense and I kind of feel this could end up being the surprise result of the weekend. Even with Juan Agudelo and Luke Rodgers I still feel like Vancouver will steal some points here.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, New York 0
Chivas USA at Columbus Crew: Probably the ho-hum game of the weekend that few will pay attention to. Chivas has been looking solid in recent weeks but still have some offensive issues to sort out, then again so do the Crew. This one just screams low scoring and a draw, though watch it turn out to be a 4-4 kind of game. It wouldn’t be the first time between these two.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Chivas 1
LA Galaxy at New England Revolution: New England nearly stole points in LA earlier in the year but don’t expect that to happen again tomorrow. LA does have some fatigue concern though for this trip as they played against Houston on Wednesday and then immediately had to treck across the country for this one. It will be a tight one in the midfield but I see the Galaxy extending their road record, a league-best, in this one.
WVH Prediction: LA 1, New England 0
San Jose Earthquakes at Chicago Fire: The last game before the Chris Wondolowski sets sail with the US national team in the Gold Cup. No doubt San Jose will push for the three points in this one. Chicago hasn’t won since week 2 and I don’t see that changing here even though they did just beat the Quakes in dramatic fashion in the USOC recently. Wondo makes the Fire pay late.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, Chicago 1
FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo: The big Texas Derby. Both clubs have talked a lot of smack to one another for the last couple weeks. Dallas is on an impressive seven-game unbeaten run along with a 489-minute shutout streak. Houston would love to end both of those tomorrow night but they have to find ways to get their offense going. With both teams coming off midweek games on the road I think its fair to say this one could just end level.
WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Dallas 1
Sporting Kansas City at Colorado Rapids: KC finally got some home cooking this past week in the USOC, where they dominated New England for a 5-0 win. They’re hoping the Rapids are a little more exhausted after their 2-2 draw on Wednesday against New York. Fact remains this is another road game in league play for Sporting and I just have trouble picking them just yet. Though they’ll make it interesting.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, KC 0
Seattle Sounders FC at Real Salt Lake: No doubt the Sounders feel like they deserved at least a point against Dallas on Wednesday but their offense just wasn’t up to the task. RSL on the other hand also has had some struggles with their offense as of late. With Alvaro Saborio and Arturo Alvarez on their way out for the Gold Cup, I’d imagine Jason Kreis will take the extra step to get three points in this one. Seattle has the defense to get a result in this one but I see a mistake somewhere in this one that costs them points.
WVH Prediction: RSL 1, Seattle 0
D.C. United at Portland Timbers: Should I even pick against the top home team in MLS right now? I mean seriously they’re going up against one of the worst defenses that is also going to be without some of their key attackers. Yeah, this one is simple.
WVH Prediction: Portland 2, D.C. 0