MLS Week 29: Picks

MLS Week 29: Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 30, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Predictions, 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Week 29, Features

Toronto FC hopes to hold off Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls tomorrow. (Getty Images)

Games this weekend in Major League Soccer are a little spread out. A handful tomorrow with another three on Sunday. We know for sure that a lot of clubs will be scoreboard watching this weekend as the playoff races are as tight as can be.


Chicago Fire at Houston Dynamo: A very interesting game for the Fire who have Seattle next Tuesday in the USOC final. Does Frank Klopas hold off on a few key players for that game or go all in and keep his club’s slim playoff hopes alive for another week? Tough call as they head down to Houston to face a surging Dynamo team that are coming off their first road win of the season. This is one of those games that looks pretty even though in the end given the current form of each side.

WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Chicago 1

New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC: It seems as though every New York game has some meaning these days. They head up to Toronto to face a TFC squad that could be looking more towards their next CCL game in Dallas than to this one. We know the Reds are nearly eliminated from contention here and while they could play spoiler in this one, I see them getting handled pretty easily by the Red Bulls here. Remember the last time these two met? Sure Toronto looked different then but I can see a similar result.

WVH Prediction: New York 2, Toronto 0

Seattle Sounders FC at New England Revolution: A game that probably means a little less to the Sounders at the moment considering their big USOC final on Tuesday and their last CCL group stage game following that. I’d expect Seattle to rest a few key guys in this one as they really want to go all out for the USOC final against the Fire. They can afford to do it unlike the Fire at this point. New England is nearly eliminated and will be playing for pride. They could make it interesting but I’m going with the better side in this one.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, New England 1

FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids: Both teams enter this match heading in a downward direction in terms of form at the moment. Both had road games in the CCL in the midweek and both did rest some starters (though Dallas was more so due to suspensions). I’ve written all week about how the Rapids need three points more than Dallas and I think they can get it if they get on top of Dallas early and make the Toros chase the game. Dallas can get by with a draw but I think Colorado get the job done. This could be a fun one to watch though.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 3, Dallas 2

Real Salt Lake at LA Galaxy: This one lost a little bit of its luster after the last two RSL games. Throw in the fact that Kyle Beckerman is going to be out for this one (and possibly a few more) makes this one lean more towards the Galaxy at home in this one. LA has been able to get through the CCL madness without any real issues to their league play. Expect a close one but look for the Galaxy to continue to win here.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, RSL 1

Sporting Kansas City at San Jose Earthquakes: The Quakes are still alive but just barely at this point though. They have played better in recent weeks and will present a nice challenge to the new Eastern Conference leaders. If this one were in KC I’d have little issue picking this game but for some reason it feels like a draw. KC gets a bit of a let down after the big win in the midweek and stumbles a bit on the road. Gotta remember this one of their first road games in a while too.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, KC 1


DC United at Columbus Crew: Boy did DC really show their issues last night against Philadelphia. Now the Crew aren’t nearly on the same page as the Union right now but given the fact that United will be without Brandon McDonald in the defense worries me a good bit for their chances here. Columbus has to get their offense going early in this one and get a big outing from guys like Robbie Rogers and Emilio Renteria. A lot rides on how much Dwayne De Rosario plays in this one. If he is still hurt and sits it out then DC’s chances go away with him but a remotely healthy DeRo gives them a good chance. I’ll go with the draw, seems about right.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, DC 1

Portland Timbers at Vancouver Whitecaps: Opener of BC Place and the final Cascadia Cup game of the year. No Jack Jewsbury for the Timbers greatly hurts their chances of winning away from home in this one though. Portland has to win this one but not having their captain makes me want to go with the Caps as they open up their new home in style.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Portland 1

Philadelphia Union at Chivas USA: It will be tough for the Union to do the cross-country trip after their big win last night. Chivas has been playing alright as of late and has been getting more out of Juan Pablo Angel. As long as Sebastien Le Toux and guys like Freddy Adu or Roger Torres step up in this one, I think the Union will be just fine. I feel like this one will be a draw though just because of the cross-country trip that the Union have to deal with.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, Philadelphia 1