MLS Wednesday Quick Picks: Three Big Games

MLS Wednesday Quick Picks: Three Big Games

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 21, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 28, Features, Wednesday Preview

RSL and New York battle in a huge match tonight. (Getty Images)

Only a few weeks remain in the 2011 regular season. The squeaky-bum time is now for several MLS teams as the playoffs are near. All three of tonight’s games have playoff implications surrounding them in some form or fashion. One team can even clinch a playoff berth (as long as a few other things happen).

So let’s get down to it.

Real Salt Lake at New York Red Bulls: Definitely one of the biggest games of the week. New York’s playoff dreams are definitely back on track after their 1-0 win over Dallas last week. RSL on the other hand still has Supporter’s Shield hopes left, a win tonight certainly helps their case in that boat. The Red Bulls should have most of their main parts back for this one and if their defense plays even half the way they did against Dallas they will stand a good shot at things tonight. RSL is finally getting healthy and confident here and could even get Javier Morales back. I like their chances in this one but New York will keep it close.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, NY 1

Chivas USA at DC United: Big game for both clubs as another loss for Chivas will pretty much killer their playoff hopes this season. DC on the other hand does have some games-in-hand to use and needs to start taking advantage of them here this week. United have to get the most out of Dwayne De Rosario and Charlie Davies in this one. The Goats could get Health Pearce back but even if they do I don’t like their chances against DC in their first home game in a month. DC dominated Chivas two weeks ago in LA and should be able to do nearly the same in this one.

WVH Prediction: DC 2, Chivas 0

San Jose Earthquakes at Portland Timbers: We all know what this one means for the Timbers, a win and they remain hopeful but a loss and you can kiss it all goodbye. Portland at home is usually an easy call and seeing them up against a club like San Jose should make it even easier to call. No Steven Lenhart for San Jose in this one either, which hurts their attack. Expect set pieces to be huge for the home side in this on as well.

WVH Prediction: Portland 2, San Jose 0