- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 16, 2011
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- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 27, Features
A big weekend is in line for Major League Soccer here. The playoff races are heating up and teams know now more than every what they need to do in order to reach the post season like the LA Galaxy. Seattle can clinch a berth this weekend with a win and some help from other clubs but other than that expect more of a mess in the standings come Monday when all the games are finished.
There are a few big matches this weekend, a couple pitting potential playoff foes against one another. A lot is riding on this weekend indeed.
New England Revolution at Portland Timbers: Point blank, the Timbers know what they have to get out of this one or else their playoff dreams are going to vanish. John Spencer has gone on record saying his club needs 10 points to reach the playoffs. The Revs have played better in their recent games, scoring plenty of goals with newcomer Milton Caraglio and Rejko Lekic. Portland will have to keep a watchful eye on the Revs attack and create quality chances of their own. Portland will win or lose this game on set pieces. I think they get the job done tonight but not by much.
WVH Prediction: Portland 1, New England 0
Colorado Rapids at Toronto FC: Both clubs are coming off bad losses in CCL play to Mexican clubs. Gary Smith’s side should be a little better for this one has a few regulars were out of the CCL match. Colorado really just needs a point to stay on top of things here in the standings as they’ll still likely be a wild card no matter what. Toronto doesn’t have the games in hand on anyone to feel comfortable. Winning helps TFC but not as much as some will think. Let’s call this one what it is, a draw.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Colorado 1
Chivas USA at Chicago Fire: Really? Yikes, I can’t say I am even remotely interested in this one. Chicago has an injury list a mile long and Chivas has been on terrible form lately. Let’s just call this one what it is as well, a draw.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Chivas 1
Columbus Crew at Philadelphia Union: Really, everything is riding against the Crew in this one from injuries, to current form, to lack of an offensive punch. This won’t even be close to the same match that these two had a month or so ago when Columbus won. Freddy Adu should be able to help the Union get their offense back on track while the defensive issues get sorted out against a Crew team that will be without most of their key offensive guys in the midfield.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, Columbus 0
San Jose Earthquakes at Houston Dynamo: San Jose finally came to life last week and got their first win in 13 games. I don’t expect those good feelings to last very long in Houston though. The Dynamo have been solid at home this season. Dominic Kinnear gets Carlos Costly back in this one and he should be able to provide something right? Against that Quakes defense, surely. I wanted to call this one a draw but I’m going with the Dynamo to regroup after the disappointing draw in Columbus in the midweek.
WVH Prediction: Houston 1, San Jose 0
New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas: This is one of those games that Dallas cannot afford to drop. With so many issues and injuries for the Red Bulls, something will have to give. Thierry Henry may miss this one, so will Rafa Marquez. Brek Shea is out as well so the star power definitely isn’t going to happen in Frisco. But I hear the MLS commissioner will be on hand for this one. Oh boy. Dallas at least has some quality form in them while the Red Bulls haven’t had any since, what, June?
WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, New York 0
DC United at Seattle Sounders FC: Big match for DC this weekend as they are coming off a 3-0 win over Chivas USA. United have to continue to get Charlie Davies involved early and often but it won’t be easy with Chris Pontius out injured now. Dwayne De Rosario needs to continue his MVP-type form to make up for it. Seattle will be juggling their lineup a bit in this one as well and will need players in the back like Patrick Ianni to step up. The travel-tested Sounders should win this one but something tells me DC manages a draw.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, DC 1
Sporting Kansas City at Real Salt Lake: Boy this one is a fantastic matchup of two clubs in good form at the moment. RSL knows a win and a Dallas loss/draw gets them up in the standings while SKC is hoping to get a hold on first place in the Eastern Conference. KC will have to get creative to beat this solid defense from RSL though. Possession will be key and in that manner I like the home side. RSL may have some questions as far as who will be starting in the back but their solid play gives me little reason to pick against them at home in this one.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, SKC 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at LA Galaxy: How did LA manage to get this game after a tough CCL game in Mexico? Seriously. The Whitecaps have improves in recent games but let’s be fair, they haven’t been playing teams nearly as good as LA. The Galaxy get Juninho and David Beckham back for this one, which is plenty to get three points over the lowly Whitecaps.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, Vancouver 0