- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 26, 2011
- 2 Comments
- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 24, Features
The weekend had a lot of promise in terms of quality games listed, now three of them are off the books. Hurricane Irene has caused the league to take some smart precautionary measures by canceling a couple games for this weekend.
Below are the changes:
D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers (at RFK Stadium)
WAS: Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution (at PPL Park)
NOW: Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET (Galavisión)
WAS: Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET (Galavisión)
New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy (at Red Bull Arena)
NOW: Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
WAS: Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
MLS and the clubs involved had to do this, there is just no getting around the fact that player, fan and club workers safety had to come into being top priority here.
These games will certainly reek havoc on the MLS playoff race but with this massive hurricane pounding the coast, it may be better safe than sorry.
So with three games off the books the predictions get a little lighter.
Columbus Crew at Seattle Sounders: The Sounders are coming off a big win in Mexico, and I mean big. Columbus looked good in their 2-1 win over Eastern rivals Philadelphia last week but they haven’t quite stepped up against top Western teams this season (except for a big win in Salt Lake of course). Beating a team like Seattle, in Seattle, will go a long way in determining how legit the Crew are at going all the way this year in the playoffs. Even though Seattle has a few more miles on their legs at this point in the season, I like their chances in this one.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Columbus 1
Houston Dynamo at Vancouver Whitecaps: Can the Dynamo finally get a road win? That’s what we’ve been asking all year and yet here we are at the end of August and they still haven’t gotten one yet. Vancouver may be down in the bottom of the table but they won’t be a pushover here for this match. I do like where the Dynamo’s offense is going lately with Brad Davis leading the charge and other stepping up (finally) on the finishing end of things. The Dynamo should get the win in this one and really their playoff lives depend on it.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Vancouver 1
San Jose Earthquakes at Toronto FC: Toronto may be a bit tired from their game-and-a-half CCL fun with FC Dallas this week but they get a San Jose team at home that really hasn’t looked good in months. Toronto has to step up a little more defensively to cover Chris Wondolowski. San Jose has plenty of motivated players in this one has four of their players used to play for these Reds at some point. Still, I do like where the Reds are going offensively and they should have enough to pressure the Quakes into a draw.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, San Jose 1
Colorado Rapids at Chicago Fire: The Rapids did rest a decent amount of their starters this past week in the CCL and nearly came up with a 1-0 win on the road. Seeing how more of their starters will be back for this one, I would imagine this game will be a little more interesting. Chicago finally got a win last week over Toronto and could use that momentum here. Be mindful that we could see the Fire have some key starters rested up for their big USOC semifinal with Richmond next Tuesday. I think this one ends level as the Rapids do just enough to make things difficult on the speedy Fire front-line.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Colorado 1
FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City: This now turns into the game of the week for MLS. Dallas will be pretty gassed for this one and they do have a USOC semifinal in Seattle next week as well. If Schellas Hyndman can get Andrew Jacobson into the mix in the defense, that could help. Thing is SKC is a good squad here with loads of attacking options that could cause big problems for Dallas. They did earlier this year when these two met in Dallas. Sporting looked good in last week’s two wins at home and should do the same here Saturday.
WVH Prediction: Sporting KC 3, Dallas 1
Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA: Another interesting match here this weekend as RSL are in a bit of a rut. Losers of four of their last five and really have seen some bad struggles on the road as of late. Chivas right now has to get their offense going with Juan Pablo Angel. Without him in Portland this past Wednesday they struggled offensively. At least for Chivas they have a familiarity factor for this one. Robin Fraser knows his old side well and will use that to their advantage here. RSL needs a positive result and will be gunning for it. I think they’ll settle with a draw though.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, RSL 1