- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 2, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 25, Features
This was suppose to be an off weekend in Major League Soccer. One of those rare weekends that the league decided to take off so players could be with their countries for important FIFA-related games or friendlies. But it also meant that having a weekend open in the schedule would allow clubs to have postponed games be reschedule for this weekend.
Case and point to this weekend’s two games. Yes, two games. Both should be good however as they each present unique playoff-like match ups.
I decided to skip my usual “What To Watch For” post yesterday because of the lighter weekend slate, but I’ll try to make up for it a little bit here in my picks.
Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake: This one was rescheduled from earlier in the season when RSL was in the middle of their important CCL run. Philly was nice enough to reschedule this one but sadly it comes at a bit of a cost for the home side. With so many friendlies and World Cup qualifiers going on this weekend, a club like RSL has seen their typical tough lineup get shredded down a bit with call ups.
RSL will be without Nat Borchers, who is suspended for this one. Also, Arturo Alvarez, Will Johnson and Alvaro Saborio will be out due to WC qualifiers and friendlies. At least Jason Kreis has Kyle Beckerman and Jamison Olave to lean on in this one. That’s a positive, especially at home.
Philadelphia got a weekend off last week due to Hurricane Irene and hopefully they used that time wisely to get Freddy Adu used to his new teammates. The Union are on a five-game winless run and need a point in a bad way to stay in the playoff race here. They need a big game from Adu and Sebastien Le Toux.
I think RSL has the talent in place to win this one regardless of all the call ups that have taken over their roster. This one feels like a draw though given the time off that Philly has had here.
WVH Prediction: RSL 1, Philadelphia 1
LA Galaxy at Sporting Kansas City: One of those rare Labor Day matches in MLS. Not sure how this one got rescheduled for this day but here it is. LA comes into this one with 51 points and will want to extend their Supporter’s Shield lead over Seattle and Dallas in this one with those two teams closing in on them.
Sporting is coming off a disappointing home loss to Dallas last weekend where they gave up three goals in the final 20 minutes of the match and two of those being in the last three minutes of the match. They talked all week about how they’d be mentally tougher in this one but it won’t get easy with a team like LA coming into town. Defensively they have to show up for 90 minutes, something they haven’t really been able to do all season long.
LA will have Landon Donovan for this one as he will be released from the USMNT after the Costa Rica game. That’s a huge plus for the Galaxy considering they won’t have Robbie Keane for this one.
This one feels like a draw all the way but I wouldn’t be shocked to see LA come out of this with three points.
WVH Prediction: SKC 1, LA 1