MLS Week 22: Picks

MLS Week 22: Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 12, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 22

Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas headline week 22 in MLS. (Getty Images)

It is shaping up to be another big weekend in Major League Soccer. Eight matches are set for the weekend and a couple of them have big playoff implicated on them.

I won’t waste any time getting down to the picks as I have a lot going on for me today.


Chivas USA at Seattle Sounders: The Goats may be in the playoff race right now but at some point they have to muster a quality win over a top five team. So far this season they haven’t done so and going on the road hasn’t been too kind to them either. Chivas could be in luck though given the long stretch the Sounders are in on the schedule. They’ll need to lean on Nick LaBrocca and Justin Braun to get their offense on the board against this quality Sounder defense. A win would mean a lot to Chivas but I think the road will be unkind to them in this one.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Chivas 1

Real Salt Lake at Toronto FC: Hard to believe it but RSL hasn’t registered a road win since the first couple months of the season. That should be okay in Toronto though given how TFC fails to play real defense in MLS play. TFC’s offense has come alive though in recent weeks with all the changes Aron Winter made to his roster. But saying that they also haven’t faced a strong defense like RSL in a few weeks.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Toronto 0

Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls: This one has the makings to be fairly interesting. Two struggling teams normally don’t provide such intrigue to me but this one has it, mostly because of how things are going in New York. I would say that something will give and we’ll see this New York team come out and dominate this one but I’m not sold on that actually happening. This one screams a low scoring draw.

WVH Prediction: New York 1, Chicago 1

Vancouver Whitecaps at DC United: I mentioned yesterday that this one had the makings to be very interesting. On paper you wouldn’t think it since Vancouver is the league’s worst team in the standings and fails to play any solid defense from game-to-game. But the Caps are realizing the potential that they have up front with Eric Hassli. The Frenchman along with Dwayne De Rosario for D.C., really make this one interesting from an offensive standpoint. After seeing D.C. give up three to Toronto last week, this one feels like a wild one.

WVH Prediction: D.C. 3, Vancouver 3

New England Revolution ¬†at Columbus Crew: Just as the Crew were getting up in the standings the injury bug hit, and hit hard. They’re still sitting pretty in the Eastern Conference while New England continues to battle to not be the worst team in the conference. I don’t expect a pretty game in this one.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, New England 0

FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union: The whole Freddy Adu thing makes this one even more attractive and one that really make me shake my head as to why the league didn’t already have this one set to be on national TV. Its a midfield battle between these two teams, both love to pressure and use speed. The Union have to prove something in this game though. They only beaten one top four club all season and aside from a couple lopsided games, their offense isn’t really anything to write home about yet. This one feels tight either way, go safe, go with a draw.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Dallas 1

Colorado Rapids at San Jose Earthquakes: No doubt it is getting to be put up or shut up time for San Jose. With so much promise going into the season, the Quakes are inching their way down the wrong path here. A win could put them back in the playoff race, given how tight of a race it actually is. Colorado is a different animal these days and need the three points in a big way before their CCL run begins. I like their chances against a Quakes defense and midfield that looks very much like swiss cheese.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, San Jose 1


Portland Timbers at Houston Dynamo: Are these Timbers for real here? Same kind of can be said about Houston. Both have so many questions going into this game about whether or not they’re ready to make that leap into the playoff discussion. The edge has to go to the home side though as the Timbers still rarely look good away form home here. Let’s hope the Dynamo start getting something out of Carlo Costly here too.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Portland 0