- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 3, 2011
- 0 Comments
- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 12
I love a four-day work week. Time just seems to go a little quicker with those kinds of weeks doesn’t it? For me, it also means I’m one week closer to my summer vacation (more on that next week).
Well, we’re at the weekend slate of MLS games here and once again everyone is in action. One game is scheduled for tonight while the rest are jammed into one action-filled Saturday. It should be great!
D.C. United at LA Galaxy: The Galaxy are saying that it’s no problem that they won’t have Landon Donovan or Donovan Ricketts for this game. We’ll see about that as D.C. gets both Charlie Davies and Dax McCarty back from injuries for this one. There is a familiarity factor in this one as Bruce Arena knows Ben Olsen and vise-versa. I see this one being pretty open in the midfield as D.C. will want to get a win to get back on the consistent playing track that they’ve been searching for all season. Though with the way LA has been going here a small 1-0 win sounds more likely. Galaxy get a goal early and camp on it.
WVH Prediction: LA 1, D.C. 0
Sporting Kansas City at Toronto FC: The Reds got blown out last week and now they get a hungry KC team in town looking to end their 10-game road trip the same way they started it, with a win. I think that is very do-able here considering the injuries in the back for Toronto. Stefan Frei will have his work cut out for him in goal with Teal Bunbury and Omar Bravo. I think KC gets the win and goes home to open their new stadium with a nice unbeaten streak.
WVH Prediction: KC 2, Toronto 1
Columbus Crew at New York Red Bulls: Does New York have anyone left for this game after the Gold Cup callups? It doesn’t seem that way. They do still have key guys in their midfield like Joel Lindpere and Teemu Tainio. Columbus hasn’t looked great in a few weeks either and especially on the road. Its like their defense went away after an unbeaten run that had people talking about them. I like NY in this one, but by a close margin.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Columbus 1
New England Revolution at FC Dallas: I’ll be at this one, covering it as usual for SBNation and Big D Soccer (cheap plug). Dallas hopes to extend their unbeaten run to nine with this one and given how their club has been playing as of late it should happen. New England is lacking every bit of fire power in their offense, and even with Shalrie Joseph staying with the club instead of going with Grenada to the Gold Cup, I don’t know if I like their chances in this one. New England has lacked a lot of consistency on the road this season and being that it will be a hot one tomorrow night in Frisco, they could melt away in the Texas sun.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, New England 0
Seattle Sounders FC at Chicago Fire: The start of the Frank Klopas era kicks off tomorrow in the Windy City. I think it may be a few weeks before we see any real improvement out of this bunch though. The big question will be will Fredy Montero start for Seattle? Some signs point to no, while others seem to think its all talk. Either way the club is better with him than without but I think they get a win in this one regardless.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, Chicago 0
Philadelphia Union at Colorado Rapids: This one should be interesting. Colorado learned that both Tyrone Marshall and Omar Cummings will not be leaving the club to go to the Gold Cup with Jamaica, which is huge for the Rapids. Philly is coming into this one off their biggest win ever, 6-2 in Toronto. Colorado hasn’t played well in recent weeks, giving up draws at home to teams like Kansas City and Toronto. I think Philly is primed to take advantage here.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Colorado 0
Vancouver Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake: I can’t see RSL playing bad at home again for this one. They just don’t lose two in a row at home. Vancouver could sneak in and surprise them though based on recent play and their new coach, Tom Soehn. I think the Whitecaps will keep this one close but RSL gets a win here to put pressure back on LA and Dallas in the West.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Vancouver 1
Houston Dynamo at San Jose Earthquakes: Houston hasn’t won since April while the Quakes are playing much better here. This matchup always sparks a little bit of interest out of me since the Dynamo were once the Quakes. You can bet its the same feeling for San Jose fans even though most of this Dynamo team looks nothing like those old Quakes. Anyways, I feel like this one could be tight, a draw seems likely here.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Houston 1
Portland Timbers at Chivas USA: Can Portland actually get a win on the road here? Some think that Chivas would be the best place for them to get one. It’s hard to figure this club out anymore but then again Chivas is no easier to understand either. Portland will make this one interesting but I feel like this one ends on level terms too. Portland’s defense showed last week that they could be reverting back to their old habits that got them into a mess to start the season. I’d rather wait and see if they get out of it before I pick them to win a roadie here.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 2, Portland 2