- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 6, 2011
- 1 Comments
- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 17, Wednesday Preview
For some reason, tonight has four MLS games. Yes four, on a Wednesday! None of the games jump off the screen and say “set the DVR” but each definitely could have some impact on the playoff race as we gear towards the second half of the season.
So let’s get down to some quick picks for tonight’s games.
Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls: Think about this for a moment, New York is only five points ahead of the 10th place spot in the standings. Yeah. I don’t see them crashing and burning here yet though so this is probably as good as a time as ever to host Toronto in a midweek game. New York has plenty of players getting back into the swing of things now that the Gold Cup is over. Toronto on the other hand is hot off a two-win week over Vancouver that saw them win the NCC. Still, TFC is garbage away from BMO Field so I’m taking the Red Bulls.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Toronto 0
Colorado Rapids at Sporting Kansas City: Probably the best matchup of the evening here. Very intriguing game really as Colorado is still in the playoff hunt but aren’t looking like a team that is a defending champion. Sporting on the other hand are arguably the hottest team in MLS right now. Both teams are actually slugging it out for one of those final wild-card births at the moment. These are the kinds of games that can come back and haunt you if you aren’t careful too. Sporting will want to get the three points to help move into one of the three automatic births from the Eastern Conference. Colorado will keep it tight defensively but I like Sporting at home with their offense.
WVH Prediction: Sporting 1, Colorado 0
Columbus Crew at Vancouver Whitecaps: The Crew looked lost last week in Dallas as the game wore on but a trip to Vancouver could put them back on the right path. I do wonder if Vancouver has really gotten any better since Tom Soehn took over. With two clubs struggling to find real consistency I think this one could be chalked up in the midfield and be a draw.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, Columbus 1
San Jose Earthquakes at Chivas USA: A big playoff positioning battle here. Chivas hasn’t been great this season but do find themselves just outside the playoff zone where San Jose currently sits. I don’t think either team has played particularly well over the last month too but these are the kinds of games that will impact those four wild card births. Chivas really needs to find some offense while the Quakes just need to find a way to put the other team away. This one feels like a draw as well.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, San Jose 1