MLS Week 20: Picks

MLS Week 20: Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 29, 2011
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  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 20

Philadelphia battles Colorado to kick off Week 20. (Getty Images)

It is shaping up to be a fairly busy day here between the weekend slate, the USMNT coaching announcement and a few other things I have going on here myself (hopefully more on that later).

Anyways, I wanted to share my weekend picks for MLS as the league turns to their second half of the season now that the All-Star Game is over and done with. Its a fairly full weekend for the league, with a couple good matchups to talk about.

Friday

Colorado Rapids at Philadelphia Union: I’d like to think this one could be a high scoring affair but I wouldn’t hold my breath for it. The Union do need to continue to pick up wins at home while they can and in a way should be able to against this up and down Rapids side. Still, this one feels like a draw. Until the Union can show that their offense can score at a high level for more than a game here and there, its just hard to count on them for a big night. But their defense should be good to go for this one.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Colorado 1

Saturday

LA Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps: No David Beckham due to another card suspension, but having a healthier Landon Donovan should be good enough for the Galaxy in this one. Vancouver has been improving as of late and will make this one interesting but in the end talent usually wins and the Galaxy have plenty of it.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, Vancouver 0

Seattle Sounders FC at Houston Dynamo: Consistency has been a struggle for the Dynamo all season, but if they can continue to piece it together and make a couple changes to their roster here they could still see the post season this year. It won’t be easy going against Seattle this weekend though, the Sounders are looking to rebound after a disappointing effort in Panama earlier this week in the CCL. Tired legs going against ones that aren’t consistent sounds like a recipe for a draw.

WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Seattle 1

New England Revolution at Sporting Kansas City: The loss of Aurelien Collin to the Sporting back line is a tough one but one that they should be able to overcome against an offensively deprived Revs side. KC should be fine offensively after seeing them come alive with their new DP Jeferson leading the charge last week. As long as he sets it all up, Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury and Omar Bravo should knock them in. New England has to go up early to stay in this one but I don’t see them getting one until late.

WVH Prediction: Sporting 3, New England 1

Columbus Crew at Real Salt Lake: We know RSL is deep and should be fine without Jamison Olave but boy was that a terrible situation for the club when he went down in the All-Star Game on Wednesday. I’m pretty sure there was a collective gasp by the RSL Nation when he hit the turf. This should be a big test for both sides as you can expect a defensive battle in this one. These team should know one another well as this will be the forth time they’re meeting this season. RSL should come away with the three points though just based on how well their offense has been in recent weeks.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Columbus 1

D.C. United at San Jose Earthquakes: This is certainly one of those games that both sides need to win. The Quakes haven’t been all that great in recent weeks while United continues to struggle with form and consistency. This one feels and smells like a draw to me but don’t be shocked if the Quakes find a way to get three points.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, DC 0

Toronto FC at Portland Timbers: Let’s see, Toronto making a cross country trip after a midweek game in the CCL. Yup, no way I’m picking them. This is a game Portland should win regardless anyways. A loss here to Toronto would signal a lot of bad things for the expansion side.

WVH Prediction: Portland 2, Toronto 0

Sunday

Chivas USA at FC Dallas: Dallas picked up a huge win for themselves and the league last night in the CCL down in El Salvador. Now they must switch focus real quick and play a gritty Chivas USA team. The Goats don’t match up as well as other teams do with Dallas and playing in the heat can wear anyone down. Dallas has the advantage at home with dealing with that, even on some tired legs.

WVH Prediction: FC Dallas 1, Chivas 0

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