- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 20, 2011
- 1 Comments
- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 19, Wednesday Preview
You can thank SUM for the large amounts of midweek games this week. All the international friendlies pushed for a big Wednesday night in MLS with five league games. Yup, five of them. For the most part a couple of them sound pretty good too and will have some playoff implication surrounding them.
New England Revolution at DC United: RFK should be buzzing for Fred’s final DC game, the Brazilian will be going back to the A-League in Australia after today. I’d expect some emotion from DC for that reason and because they’ve been playing better as of late. New England just got blanked the other night by Philadelphia but will have Shalrie Joseph back in the lineup which should be a boost. I like DC though in this one as New England doesn’t have an answer offensively here and DC is pressing forward towards a playoff spot.
WVH Prediction: DC 2, New England 0
FC Dallas at Toronto FC: This one will be interesting for Dallas. They’re starting a big road trip that sees them go from Canada, to the US to El Salvador all in a matter of a week. On the other hand they also have to deal with a completely revamped Toronto team tonight that should play possibly five new players on the field. Toronto should have their two new DPs along ready but the bigger question will be if they all can gel quickly against one of the better sides in MLS. I think it will be close and end level as Dallas has struggled offensively these last couple games.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Dallas 1
New York Red Bulls at Colorado Rapids: A very interesting game here. New York hasn’t quite found their mojo here now that everyone is back from international duty and all. Colorado is going to be trying to deal with the loss of Conor Casey too. Expect a midfield battle in this one, if Colorado can catch New York napping early with their speed up top with Omar Cummings they could sneak out with three points. But I like the Red Bull defense to keep them at bay for the most part. Another draw for both sides seems likely here.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, New York 1
Columbus Crew at LA Galaxy: I’ve been impressed with Columbus lately and I think their offense should soon come alive a little more with Tony Tchani in the lineup helping out with the defensive side of the midfield (yes a defensive mid can help with the offense). LA is coming off an international friendly and has another one on the way too this weekend. They have to be focused for this game or the Crew will sneak in on them and steal points. I think as long as Landon Donovan and company show up with their A-game they’ll be fine.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, Columbus 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at San Jose Earthquakes: Vancouver looked pretty good the other night against Manchester City, losing 2-1 at home. The short turnaround worries me for the club even though they rested starters after the first half. Hopefully we’ll see more of the Jarju-Hassli connection which looked decent at times on Monday. San Jose is looking for some of their new additions to spark their offense which has been scoreless for what probably feels like a long time here. I’d imagine this one will be close too but San Jose should pull ahead with the fresher legs.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Vancouver 0