- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 15, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 18
Even with a day off from work I’ll probably be fairly light today on here (have family in from out of town, they’re kind of important to me). It will be a busy weekend in Major League Soccer though, all but two teams are in league action, only one is truly off (Toronto). The World Football Challenge races on with two matches this weekend as well, which should be interesting from a MLS standpoint since LA is involved.
Without wasting anymore time let’s get down to this week’s picks.
Real Salt Lake at Vancouver Whitecaps: I’m not sure who manager Tom Soehn will have in the middle of his midfield now that Terry Dunfield is gone. It probably wouldn’t matter a whole lot given how RSL clogs up things there and possesses the ball. Knowing Jason Kreis, he’ll want to get his team motivated to move on from dropping out of the USOC this past week in Dallas. With games-in-hand for RSL, getting three points in games like this are an absolute must. They should get them too.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Vancouver 0
Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders FC: The return match of the Brian Mullan saga with these two clubs. I’d imagine the fans will get their hate out of their systems early in this one and attempt to move on from it. Seattle has been quite stellar in all play as of late, going unbeaten in their last eight matches. Colorado is at least getting an in-form Conor Casey to make things interesting. The Rapids will keep this one tight but expect Seattle to win it late.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, Colorado 0
San Jose Earthquakes at Columbus Crew: A big playoff kind of match here for both sides. Columbus needs to stay on top of things with KC, DC and Houston lurking right behind them. San Jose just needs to keep on going as well too. The Quakes need a spark in their offense, which has only scored once in their last five games. Former Crew striker Steven Lenhart could be that spark. But the Crew’s defense has been tough this season. I’m calling a draw here, just feels that way.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, San Jose 1
Sporting Kansas City at Houston Dynamo: I know I’ve been a tad critical of Sporting lately. I just feel they are missing something in the back or in the defensive part of their midfield to really become the contender that they should be here. Offensively they’re missing a spark too and are having to come from behind a lot. Going to Houston won’t be easy after dropping out of the USOC this past week. KC needs a response to that USOC loss at home to a D-3 team. But more than likely it will be more of the same that we saw in their last couple matches.
WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Sporting KC 1
Portland Timbers at Chicago Fire: Right now the Timbers are looking exactly like an expansion team should. Sloppy defense and a lack of bite in their offense. I’d expect Chicago to spread out the Timbers and go off of what a few teams have done to them lately in keeping the possession. Portland only does well when they get set pieces and counter strikes. Chicago should be good enough to limit those chances here this weekend. Portland could keep it close with All-Star Jack Jewsbury on those set pieces but I like the Fire’s chances even though this game is really likely destined for a draw.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, Portland 1
D.C. United at FC Dallas: I said it over at BigDSoccer.com yesterday that this is a game that Dallas has to win. With an important stretch ahead, they’ll want to gobble up the three points at home against a mid-tier Eastern Conference team. D.C. will keep it close thanks to their new additions on the roster and their confidence from the win over NY last week. But expect the heat to get to D.C. after a while and Dallas will take over from there.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, D.C. 1
New York Red Bulls at Chivas USA: One of the more intriguing matches of the weekend. New York cannot sleep for a minute in this one as Chivas will love playing that underdog role in this one. Their defense is good enough to contain the Red Bulls but New York should control the midfield battle which is certainly key here. I think the Red Bull offense will end up being too much in the end though for Chivas. I just don’t know who Chivas can counter with from their own offense at this point.
WVH Prediction: New York 3, Chivas 1
Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution: So the Revs are feeling all good that their first team guys held Manchester United scoreless for a half in a friendly earlier this week. Big whoop if you ask me. The Revs need a win regardless though as they haven’t won in eight matches and are all so dangerously close to the bottom of the league table. With Shalrie Joseph and Ryan Cochrane out for this game (both are suspended), I just can’t see them mustering up enough offense (and defense) to contain the Union here.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, New England 0