- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 24, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 15
It is a crazy-busy weekend in Major League Soccer. With 10 games to go along with the uber-important US-Mexico final in the Gold Cup, this weekend lacks any dog days of summer thoughts. Plenty of action from all over and even though it is too bad the league isn’t breaking for this Gold Cup final, we’ll at least see a couple real solid matchups this weekend.
Here’s how I see them going down this weekend.
Houston Dynamo at D.C. United: The Dynamo aren’t a team that looks to be contending this season. With a poor road form and the loss of the suspended Lovel Palmer in the midfield, I worry that a trip to D.C. just won’t be pretty for them. If they can get consistent in their attack and eliminate the little mistakes all over, then they’ll have a good shot in this one. Thing is we haven’t seen them put it together for 90 full minutes in a while. D.C. isn’t exactly a world beater but I’ll take them at home in this one any day.
WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Houston 1
LA Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes: A nice pre-Gold Cup meal for those in California. I’ve always enjoyed this rivalry and I expect a really good one out of this tomorrow too. LA has been in top form for this season as they continue to lead the Supporter’s Shield race. San Jose is still finding their way in the Western Conference here, just when you think they are down they come up but then they fall back down once again. I think LA is good enough to get three points but a draw seems more like the case in this one.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, LA 1
Chivas USA at Philadelphia Union: The game the other night for the Union wasn’t pretty but it was another shutout draw. Philly needs to come out and assert their status as a contender in this one against a Chivas squad that has been starting to struggle again here. Don’t expect a lot of offense in this one but I do see the Union getting back on track with yet another 1-0 win.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Chivas 0
Portland Timbers at FC Dallas: I’ll be covering this one tomorrow night over at SBNation and at BigDSoccer (a cheap plug). With the heat and the possession that Dallas will bring to this one I don’t expect Portland to pull the same wool over Dallas’ head that they did earlier this season. Dallas will want to regain their home form with a win in this one and they should get it.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Portland 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at Sporting Kansas City: Time to start seeing what this Sporting side is made of here. They are unbeaten in their last few and I think if they start reeling off some wins here that they can start talking playoffs again. Wins at home are vital in that process too and playing a team like Vancouver won’t be easy. The Caps made an amazing come back at the start of the season against this Sporting team. Look for a battle but I think Sporting gets the job done and begins their movement forward up the standings.
WVH Prediction: Sporting 3, Vancouver 2
Toronto FC at Real Salt Lake: Best way to get out of a funk is to play someone like Toronto at home right? Exactly. RSL needs to come out in this one with guns blazing. Their offense should get a boost with Will Johnson and Alvaro Saborio back in the lineup now that the Gold Cup is over. If they can get more special play out of Jean Alexandre then they’ll be fine. Three points should be in the bang in this one.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Toronto 0
New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire: The Red Bulls looked rather dreadful last night in Seattle didn’t they? They’ll now battle fatigue and a short turn around in the Windy City against a Fire team that is unbeaten in their last six. While I do like the Fire’s chances in this one, they still haven’t given us a reason to think their offense can hang with a team like New York, even on short rest. A draw seems more like the case in this one. Too bad, considering its on ESPN this Sunday.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, New York 1
New England Revolution at Seattle Sounders FC: Gotta love the goal celebration by Roger Levesque last night against New York (may have more on that in a bit). New England hopes this is a trap game as they stole points here back in 2009. Still, the Sounder defense is looking strong and New England’s attack hasn’t scared anyone when they are on the road this season.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, New England 0
Colorado Rapids at Columbus Crew: This should be a good one but let’s be honest here, with the way these two play it probably will be more of a dud than anything else. Columbus hasn’t shown that they can repeat big efforts from game-to-game here this season while the Rapids just don’t lose back-to-back losses in a bad manner. Take the draw.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Colorado 1