- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 1, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 16
It’s a holiday weekend and before I go off an enjoy fireworks, beer and not worrying about my day job I’m going to hopefully have a nice round of posts today starting with the weekend picks. I mentioned yesterday how packed this weekend is and that games actually spill over into Monday due to the holiday.
So without wasting anymore time, let’s get down to the picks. Feel free to leave your own below in the comments section.
Philadelphia Union at D.C. United: I spoke about the potentials in this rivalry yesterday and boy I hope it starts taking off this weekend in this match. Throw in the Dwayne De Rosario factor and it makes this match all the more interesting. Just how big of a factor will he be is the main question as D.C. will hope he gets their offense headed in the right direction here. Philly will keep this one close too. I do wonder about the locker room issues that could be going on with Sebastien Le Toux here, hopefully he comes through and helps Peter Nowak realize that he and Mwanga are a great duo together. Until we see it I’m calling a draw on this one based on the rivalry potential.
WVH Prediction: D.C. United 1, Philadelphia 1
Columbus Crew at FC Dallas: Another potential rivalry between the two Hunt teams. I love the Pioneer Cup name too by the way, I just hope to see the fans actually get more involved in this one. Anyways, both teams are in good form at the moment and it will make this one be one of the better games this weekend. Dallas expects a big crowd which usually means they buckle down a bit and make an easier game tighter than it should be. Keep an eye on Columbus DP Andres Mendoza in this one (as well as Jeff Cunningham). Both could get the Crew three points again against Dallas. But I’m going with a draw (yeah another one) in this one. Both are in form and I expect a fairly tight defensive battle here.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, Columbus 1
Chicago Fire at Chivas USA: Probably the one dud of the weekend on the slate. Neither team is in top form and Chicago has 11 draws on the campaign already which makes me want to just stop right here and call this one a draw as well. I’m not actually. The Fire haven’t shown a lot away from Toyota Park this season and Chivas needs three points in a bad way to get back on track here. Expect a tight one but I see Chivas getting by just barely with a result here.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, Chicago 0
New York Red Bulls at San Jose Earthquakes: This look like a very interesting match. New York gets all of it’s main players back from the Gold Cup but loses it’s coach (Hans Backe is staying behind for some medical reasons I believe). A very interesting storyline to keep watch on. San Jose has gone dry offensively but will see Chris Wondolowski return as well which should help out a bunch. New York could be a bit gassed from yet another west coast game, so I’m going with the home side in the upset.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, New York 1
Sporting Kansas City at Portland Timbers: Possibly one of the most interesting games of the weekend because of the JELD-WEN Field factor for Portland. We know how good they are at home but we also know that Sporting has really turned their season around with the opening of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. KC will be without their captain Davy Arnaud which makes me lean to the home team in this one. I expect a few changes from John Spencer in this one as well, which should help push them to a win.
WVH Prediction: Portland 2, KC 0
Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids: The defending champions are desperate for points here and being at home should help them get them against a Dynamo team that has been struggling as well as of late. Hopefully we’ll see the return of Omar Cummings to the Rapids lineup as well, which should be enough to lift this club to three big points.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Houston 1
New England Revolution at Real Salt Lake: The Revs have never seen even marginal success at Rio Tinto Stadium over the last two years (combined 11 goals given up over the two losses). Seeing how RSL used a reserve squad in their 2-0 win over the Revs earlier this season this one feels like an easy pick to me. RSL seems to be back on the right track too after their win over Toronto last week.
WVH Prediction: RSL 3, New England 0
Seattle Sounders FC at LA Galaxy: The biggest matchup of the weekend for the league and it is on national TV (so is the RSL game btw). Both teams are in good form at the moment so hopefully it will show in the game. LA gets Landon Donovan back but the more pressing question is who will be in goal for them? Mike Magee was brillent in last weeks game but you can’t expect him to do it twice. Seattle will press hard for three points but LA still has some magic over their heads. LA gets the three points yet again against the Sounders.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, Seattle 1