MLS Wednesday Preview: Week 21

MLS Wednesday Preview: Week 21

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 3, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 21, Wednesday Preview

The Sporting supporters expect no less than three points tonight. (Getty Images)

The month of August in Major League Soccer kicks off tonight with three games, two of which should be good ones (the third seems like it could go either way). The playoff push really kicks in to high gear now that we are in August too and teams like Kansas City and Portland really need three points tonight to make a statement for their chances.

Real Salt Lake at Sporting Kansas City: Probably the best time for Sporting to face a club like RSL as Jason Kreis’ club is coming off a bad home loss to the Columbus Crew last weekend. Sporting needs three points in a bad way though right now. While they have a nice unbeaten run going, their last couple of games have ended in some not-so-convicing draws. A win over a team like RSL will definitely do wonders for their confidence all over the pitch. KC has to take a page out of the Crew’s book and go on the attack early. With guys like Omar Bravo, Kei Kamara and Teal Bunbury it shouldn’t be that hard to do so. They can’t allow RSL to hang around, especially if they get a lead. I think RSL shows up and gets a point in this one though, they typically don’t play two bad games in a row.

WVH Prediction: SKC 1, RSL 1

Philadelphia Union at Chicago Fire: I’m wondering more and more if consistency is going to be an issue from here out with the Union. But seeing that Carlos Ruiz is finally gone maybe we’re going to get back to the good old days of Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga running the show on the offense. Still this one could get interesting given the new additions for the Fire and their offense (Pavel Pardo, though don’t expect him to start). The Fire will keep this one close but the Union do have a way of playing well against lesser competition here.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Chicago 0

LA Galaxy at Portland Timbers: To say Portland needs a win is putting it lightly. LA is coming off a big win in Vancouver last weekend and with FC Dallas right on their tail, the Galaxy know they have to get no less than three points in this one. Given how the Timbers defense has played in recent weeks, it is hard to count on them to show up for this one. The draw to Portland last week showed a lot of wholes still remain in the defense and LA has a much better offense than Toronto does.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, Portland 0