MLS Week 23: Picks

MLS Week 23: Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 19, 2011
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  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 23, Features

Joel Lindpere and the Red Bulls hope to help their playoff chances in New England. (Getty Images)

It is finally Friday. Moving into the weekend phase of this week is something I’ve been looking forward to since well…last weekend. In all seriousness though, Major League Soccer shifts into their weekend phase after three decent midweek games. Kansas City took care of work on Wednesday while Chicago got yet another draw last night and New England found a new way to drop points at home in a draw to Houston.

This weekend is packed with games as every club is involved this weekend. We’re hitting that final stride into the playoffs here as most clubs are down to their final nine or ten games (some have fewer than that). I’ll likely go more into each club’s remaining schedule later today or sometime next week though.

Time to take a dip into some picks though. Feel free to leave your’s below.

Saturday

New York Red Bulls at New England Revolution: If there was ever a game that could get New York back on track it would be this one. New England stumbled in the midweek after leading Houston for 90 minutes, the Revs gave up a late Bobby Boswell goal and saw their keeper Matt Reis get red carded. I’m fairly sure that will play a part in this one too. Sure the Red Bulls have seen little success in New England over the years but something has to give in this one. If the Red Bulls don’t get three points in this one then they really don’t deserve to be in the playoffs after all.

WVH Prediction: New York 2, New England 0

Philadelphia Union at Columbus Crew: A game I’m very much looking forward to this weekend. A lot rides on this one in terms of positioning in the Eastern Conference. I still feel these two clubs will be one and two in the standings in that conference when this season is done. Just not sure of the order here yet. Saying that however this one feels like a draw. Columbus doesn’t have the offense to really excite me and the Union are still working out the kinks to their’s with Freddy Adu. Expect two of the best defenses in the league to keep this one air tight.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 0, Philadelphia 0

Real Salt Lake at Houston Dynamo: Another fairly interesting game. Houston has been good at home all season while RSL has seen their struggles away from Rio Tinto, like we saw last week up in Toronto. RSL has gone out and tried to get some defensive cover this week by signing Blake Wagner. Houston will be without Adam Moffat for this one (suspension) as well. I feel this one could be just another draw, even though I really feel that RSL has to make the most of their games-in-hand at the moment.

WVH Prediction: Houston 1, RSL 1

Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas: Another big match this week for Dallas, this time at home against the Sounders. Both are coming off big CCL wins this week but Dallas could be a little more gassed with their’s being down in Mexico. It will be interesting to see how Dallas handles this game without defender George John who is out on a red card (and potentially on his way to England). Seattle has to expose rookie Bobby Warshaw, who should start in his place. With the Dallas heat this one could be very interesting, call it a draw.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, Seattle 1

Chivas USA at Colorado Rapids: This one got a little more interesting with the Goat’s addition of Juan Pablo Angel. Robin Fraser has to find a way to get him involved in the attack and use him properly to get him going here. Colorado is coming off a CCL win in the midweek and could be a bit gassed from it. Thing is I like the Rapids in this one with the way Mac Kandji is starting to play for them. Look for the Rapids to continue to make ground on Seattle and Dallas here.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Chivas 1

Vancouver Whitecaps at Portland Timbers: The other rivalry in the Pac-Northwest. Neither team is great here and seeing as how this one is in Portland I’m going short and Vancouver is terrible away from home, I’m going with the Timbers here.

WVH Prediction: Portland 3, Vancouver 1

San Jose Earthquakes at LA Galaxy: All keys will be on Robbie Keane and his debut with the Galaxy. These two had a memorable match a few weeks back that saw Mike Magee be huge in goal for the Galaxy (yeah I wanted to type that again). I don’t see that happening this time around as the Galaxy are on good form and the Quakes have struggled for the last couple months. Expect a physical battle with these two as they are still rivals you know. Hopefully the whole rivalry factor makes this one worthwhile. I’m taking the Galaxy in a fairly convincing win though.

WVH Prediction: LA 3, San Jose 0

Sunday

Toronto FC at Chicago Fire: Two struggling defenses, and one team that only knows how to draw. Yup, simple call here.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Toronto 1

D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City: The injury to Bill Hamid will prove costly in this one for United. D.C. has been fairly solid on the road as of late but trusting in a shaky keeper like Steve Cronin won’t be the easiest way to go. KC looked pretty dang good in the midweek against Portland. They’ll need to jump out on D.C. in this one, similar to how Chicago nearly did last night. KC has better strikers than Chicago, and a little more speed. I like their chances a lot in this one.

WVH Prediction: SKC 2, D.C. 1

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