MLS Week 21: Picks

MLS Week 21: Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 5, 2011
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  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 21

FC Dallas hopes to knock off the LA Galaxy once more this weekend. (Getty Images)

The weekend slate of games is here for Major League Soccer in Week 21. Like I mentioned yesterday all 18 clubs are involved in matches this week in what feels like the first time in ages. The friendly season has died down for the most part (though I know there will still be some here and there until the middle of September) and it means we can finally concentrate on what is important in MLS at the moment – the playoff push.

With so many games this weekend we are bound to see some changes in the standings and later on in the Power Rankings on here.

We have already seen what the transfer season can do to some clubs as new players come in. These last couple of days have been a frenzy in MLS with teams signing new players left and right as they make the push here. How will it shake up this weekend? That’s the big question.

Friday

Columbus Crew at Colorado Rapids: Big test for the Rapids and their consistency here. We’ve seen them go from down and out to impressive all in a matter of a game or two. The Crew pose a different task for this Colorado team as their defense is tougher than most around the league. Can Colorado put two solid performances together back-to-back here though is my question. I think Columbus gives them a challenge and this one ends level.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Columbus 1

Saturday

Chivas USA at New England Revolution: The Revs finally broke down and bought a DP. A young Argentine that has knee problems. Yeah, I’m not overly optimistic about this signing and I know it won’t have an impact on this game tomorrow against Chivas. Look for Chivas to dominate the possession game and take the three points back to LA with them.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, New England 0

Toronto FC at D.C. United: At some point United has to start winning the games that they should at home again. If they can’t do it against someone like TFC, then don’t expect them to get any love from this writer for when it comes to being a playoff contender or not. Nothing against TFC here but given the amount of travel and their lack of quality play in the league this season kind of puts DC on the hot seat to get three points here. Which they absolutely should seeing how this is a match Dwayne De Rosario would love to go goal crazy in.

WVH Prediction: DC 3, Toronto 1

Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union: Will Carlo Costly improve this Dynamo offense? It can’t be that much better than when they had Luis Angel Landin in as a DP. Thankfully for Dynamo fans, Costly is no DP for them. Going to Philly won’t be easy though as the Union beat them up and down the park the last time these two met back at the beginning of the season. The Union have offensive issues of their own to sort out but I see their midfield controlling this match and getting the important three points.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Houston 0

Seattle Sounders FC at Sporting Kansas City: Well now that SKC got the “monkey off the back” after Wednesday’s big win over RSL, you have to wonder, will there be a hangover in this one? I doubt it, this club showed me a lot on Wednesday, enough to put my worries about their offense away and enough on the defensive side to make me think that they’ll be good enough to hold their own against the league’s top teams when it comes to crunch time. I think their attacking style will cause problems to the Sounders early on but again it comes down to the fact that Sporting has to get on the board first in this one or else they’ll be chasing the game. They can chase the game pretty well but they cannot afford to continue to drop points at home. I think Peter Vermes will get that message across to his club and they’ll get the three points.

WVH Prediction: Sporting 2, Seattle 1

New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake: Hey, New York won a trophy last week. That’s good and all but its time to get back to the important task at hand, winning in league play. Going to Salt Lake won’t be an easy task either after going to London last weekend. While RSL may be struggling, I look for them to bounce back in this one as they need a win to get their confidence back here.

WVH Prediction: RSL 1, New York 0

FC Dallas at LA Galaxy: A big meeting that may have lost some of it’s luster when the Galaxy went down on Wednesday in Portland. Dallas should be favored based on form but you can never count out the Galaxy at home these days. Look for a tight battle in the midfield and a draw. A result both clubs will likely be fine with in the end.

WVH Prediction: LA 1, Dallas 1

Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes: The Quakes are winless in their last nine and have really lost their offense in the process. Portland on the other hand looks to be returning to a decent form after their convincing win over the Galaxy on Wednesday. If San Jose is to story in this one (they’ve been ice cold in seven of their last nine), they’ll have to do so early. I think the longer Portland goes on with a shutout in this one, the more it favors them.

WVH Prediction: Portland 2, San Jose 0

Sunday

Chicago Fire at Vancouver Whitecaps: The new(ish) look Fire have some momentum coming into this one after the solid draw they picked up in the midweek. Vancouver on the other hand hasn’t looked good all season and just needs some luck here really. Yeah, I honestly can’t get overly excited about two of the worst teams meeting this weekend. So, let’s just call it what it is…a draw.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, Chicago 1

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