MLS Week 17 Picks

MLS Week 17 Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 8, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 17

The Atlantic Cup rivalry renews at Red Bull Arena this weekend. (Getty Images)

A nearly full weekend schedule of games waits us as MLS goes into week 17’s weekend portion. All but two clubs (New England and Columbus) are in action this weekend. Not sure how those two got the weekend off here. There are plenty of good matchups this weekend that will help shape the playoff race here as we move into the second half of the season.

Anyways let’s get down to the weekend picks:


Chivas USA at Sporting Kansas City: Chivas possibly got a big boost on Wednesday when they beat San Jose at home. Now they have the tough task of facing one of the hottest teams in the league in KC. Sporting had a tough time of it on Wednesday against Colorado but I like their chances at home again here tomorrow. Sporting is unbeaten in their last nine and will likely make it number 10.

WVH Prediction: Sporting 2, Chivas 1

D.C. United at New York Red Bulls: I’ve always enjoyed the Atlantic Cup, especially now with the Red Bulls being more of an interesting club to watch these days. Throw in the DeRo-Dax McCarty factor in this one and we should have a very good match on our hands tomorrow evening. McCarty had added so much to the midfield in New York already and the attack got going nicely on Wednesday against Toronto. I’d say New York wins this one but expect D.C. to keep it interesting.

WVH Prediction: New York 2, D.C. 1

Toronto FC at Houston Dynamo: This is the perfect time for the Dynamo to host Toronto. TFC is coming off a drubbing on Wednesday at New York. The Reds have never played all that well in Robertson Stadium and I can’t expect that trend to change here after seeing what happened to them on Wednesday. Houston needs to get points now as Columbus and Kansas City are making it tough in the Eastern Conference. Lose this game and you gotta think reaching the playoffs won’t be in the cards for the Dynamo this season. I think Dominic Kinnear’s team will rise to the challenge though and get the points.

WVH Prediction: Houston 3, Toronto 1

Vancouver Whitecaps at Colorado Rapids: The Rapids couldn’t hold on to the lead on Wednesday in Kansas City and really need a win here to boost their confidence. Conor Casey is starting to be more dangerous by the game and if they can get Omar Cummings on the same page, then we’ll see them go back to their 2010 form for sure. Vancouver is still searching for their first road win of the year and I doubt it will come in Colorado.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Vancouver 0

FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake: I know most folks will be watching the Seattle-Portland game this weekend but don’t forget about this one. I really see this as a budding rivalry as these are two of the best teams in the league right now. The big key will be if Dallas can take advantage of the suspension to Nat Borchers or not. Their speed is always tough to handle but their defense has been solid as of late. RSL has looked better in recent weeks and will need to apply the pressure early. These two meet again in the USOC next week so expect some mind games from each manager too. I think it ends in a draw however, more fun will be on Tuesday though.

WVH Prediction: RSL 1, FC Dallas 1

Chicago Fire at LA Galaxy: Can the Fire actually win a game here? They have loads of draws but still haven’t looked like taking that next step into winning games on a consistent basis. Going on the road to LA won’t be easy but if they can catch the Galaxy napping, they could easily keep it tight. Neither team has an in-form striker at the moment so it will be low scoring. I think LA gets through it though as they see Dallas, Seattle and RSL coming in close to them in the standings here.

WVH Prediction: LA 1, Chicago 0

Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes: I just wonder exactly what the Union were thinking when they traded one of their few defenders (Jordan Harvey) yesterday. San Jose looked lost on Wednesday offensively but should be better back at home. If they can expose the Union defense here early, they could get some points. I think however Philly will keep it close and this one ends level.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Philadelphia 1


Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers: Of course this is the game everyone wants to see. Seattle at Portland with all the crazy fans involved. Let’s be honest here, the Timbers haven’t looked nearly the same since the last time these two met in Seattle. The Sounders on the other hand are pressing on and are close to the top of the standings. I know rivalry games you have to throw a lot out but if Seattle finds their mark early, look for them to get the three points. Portland doesn’t do a great job at coming from behind here. I think this one stays close though like the last time these two met.

WVH Prediction: Portland 1, Seattle 1