- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 9, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Predictions, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 26, Features
The lovely Labor Day weekend is over for the 18 MLS clubs. All of them are in action this weekend, with eight games being played tomorrow. It is a full weekend of soccer indeed.
Naturally most of the games this weekend have huge playoff implications surrounding them. LA can clinch a berth into the playoffs while others are hoping to move up into a better position. After this weekend we’ll certainly have a good sense of where things are heading into the final month and a half of the season.
So here is how I see some things shaping up for this weekend. As always feel free to leave your picks below.
Colorado Rapids at LA Galaxy: Big Western Conference showdown in LA tonight. The Galaxy have been solid for the majority of the season and look to officially clinch a playoff berth with a win. I’d expect each club to be monitoring their schedules a bit from afar as both have Champions League matches coming up. LA has to be suspect of the speed up front from the Rapids in this one. We’ve seen time and time again with the Galaxy that speed does hurt their defuse. On the flip side Colorado needs a win to keep the pressure on Seattle, Dallas, and RSL in the standings. This one is feeling like a draw to me as both clubs are fairly evenly matched.
WVH Prediction: LA 1, Colorado 1
Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders FC: Huge match in Seattle tomorrow afternoon. RSL knows they have games in hand against Seattle and have to take advantage of them in some way. They’ve been good in their last two after losing four of five games. The Sounders do have a busy slate in front of them with Champions League games coming up but they’ve handled it as well as any club from MLS can so far. The key factor in this one is seeing how Kyle Beckerman handles this crazy week he’s had. I see the Sounders taking advantage of his jet leg.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, RSL 0
Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City: Here is a match with plenty on the line. Both teams clearly in the middle of the Eastern Conference hunt and could be potential playoff foes if things continue to go the way they are. The Dynamo are desperate for their first road win and getting it in a place like KC won’t be easy. Interestingly enough KC struggles here at closing out games and could make this one uber interesting. Early goals in this one will be key but I see KC holding on to the three points in this one.
WVH Prediction: Sporting KC 2, Houston 1
Toronto FC at Columbus Crew: The lesser hyped rivalry match of the weekend here in Columbus. The Crew still have a slim lead in the Eastern Conference and will look to push that lead against a team that they always do well against. Toronto has Champions League matches ahead and could be looking at those more than this game. Expect a different Crew side than the one that got their butts handed to them a couple weeks ago in the 6-2 loss at Seattle.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Toronto 0
Vancouver Whitecaps at New York Red Bulls: A couple weeks off should do some good for this New York squad. They still have some injury issues lingering which could make this one a bit more interesting if Vancouver is able to keep it close. The Whitecaps haven’t done well on the road all year and I don’t see them starting right now in New York. Thing is New York has to win this one…has to.
WVH Prediction: New York 1, Vancouver 0
Portland Timbers at Philadelphia Union: An interesting game here with plenty of plot lines. Philly found a way to draw New England the other night in a wild 4-4 draw. Hopefully that come back helped spark the likes of Freddy Adu and Sebastien Le Toux. Portland has struggled greatly on the road this season and have yet to do well on the East coast. I think the Union snaps their winless streak here and gets back on track as they hope to get to the playoffs in their second season.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Portland 0
FC Dallas at New England Revolution: What a week for FC Dallas with the loss of Bobby Rhine. They take to the road to play in a place that has never been kind to them (5-11-1 all-time at New England). Brek Shea could have some tired legs as he’s been gone the last week or so with the US National Team but Dallas has some other guys that should step up in the process.
WVH Prediction: FC Dallas 1, New England 0
Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes: A lot is riding on this one for the Fire. They’ve made a big push lately to get back into the playoff hunt and a win on the road would continue that push for them. San Jose on the flip side hasn’t looked good all summer and now face the real possibility that they won’t be in the playoffs this season. Chicago’s speed up front should be the difference in this one but look for San Jose to manage a draw at home in this one.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Chicago 1
D.C. United at Chivas USA: The last match of the day sees another couple clubs in the playoff hunt. Both clubs need three points in a bad way and both have some players missing for this one. We’ll call it what it is, two fairly evenly match clubs, both a little below par in where they could be here this season. I’m calling it a draw.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, DC 1