MLS Week 28: Picks

MLS Week 28: Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 23, 2011
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  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 28, Features

Can Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls rebound against Portland? (Getty Images)

The weekend slate is finally here, it is Friday and that means it is Soccer Night In America. Okay, I have to admit I have trouble typing that without a little bit of a laugh. For one that show title will only last a year since FSC or Fox Soccer since MLS is moving to NBC next season…but I digress from that point.

Time to get down to some picks for the weekend. I’ve put this off long enough today so forgive me if it seems a little light.

Friday

Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City: I mentioned yesterday how defense will be key in this one, that still is very much the case. We could see a track meet of some sorts out of KC is Philadelphia isn’t careful. With so much on the line though in this one I do like KC’s chances to rebound and get three points. The Union have been better in recent weeks but their outside backs worry me in this one going up against the speed of Teal Bunbury, Kei Kamara, and CJ Sapong. Plus, I don’t know if they have an answer for Graham Zusi in the midfield.

WVH Prediction: SKC 2, Philadelphia 1

Saturday

Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas: One team is on a serious slump while the other team can’t win on the road. Something has to give right? Wrong. Go with choice C in this one and take the draw. Neither team have given us any reason to think that they’ll get the job done this weekend. Plus, you know, it’s a rivalry game…expect cards and lots of fouls.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, Houston 1

Real Salt Lake at DC United: The Black-and-Red are hungry and want to be in the playoffs here. RSL on the other hand has Supporter Shield dreams still in their sights. RSL has never won in DC (but then again they never won in NY until this past Wednesday either) but DC did no look all that great in their midweek draw to Chivas USA. RSL is a very hungry team that has been on a serious roll as of late and I love their chances here to spread out DC and force their young defense into mistakes.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, DC 1

LA Galaxy at Columbus Crew: The Crew could be getting some players back from injury in time for this one but I really doubt it will make that much of a difference. LA is probably looking to rebound in a big way after their midweek loss in the CCL down in Costa Rica. Columbus needs a big result but I’m not feeling their chances at the moment here as LA inches closer to their second straight Supporter’s Shield trophy.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, Columbus 0

Portland Timbers at New York Red Bulls: Both had a disappointing midweek but look for the Red Bulls to rally in this one after the news broke that Hans Backe suspended Rafa Marquez for his comments about his teammates. The Red Bulls will come together in this one and take care of the Timbers who need to get their offense going early in this one, something that won’t be easy for them to do with a determined Red Bull defense.

WVH Prediction: New York 2, Portland 0

San Jose Earthquakes at Colorado Rapids: The Quakes are still hoping to have some sort of luck to get into the post season here while the Rapids are just in need of a rebound of some sorts. Kind of got the feeling this could be one of the bigger duds of the weekend.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, San Jose 1

Seattle Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps: The Caps last game at the temporary venue, Empire Field. They still have hope to win the Cascadia Cup but Seattle is a much deeper team, even without Mauro Rosales. They were disappointed not to clinch a berth into the knockout round in the CCL in the midweek so look for them to take it out on their northern rivals.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Vancouver 0

Toronto FC at Chivas USA: Not sure why Reds fans even care about the regular season at this point. With their club still in the thick of things in the CCL, Aron Winter would be wise to rest key starters in this game and just put all his eggs in the CCL basket. Uh, let’s just go with the home side in this one.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, Toronto 0

Sunday

New England Revolution at Chicago Fire: The other dud of the weekend as these two clubs are closer to elimination then the playoffs here. The Revs are not as good as the sum of their parts suggest and Chicago is too up and down for my taste. But saying that I will stick with the home team as Dominic Oduro could add to his big season total in this one. Man wouldn’t it be weird and wild if he won the Golden Boot this season?

WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, New England 0

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