MLS 2011, Week 32: Picks

MLS 2011, Week 32: Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 21, 2011
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  • 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Season Predictions, 2011 Week 32, Features

RSL is playing to not be a wild card team this weekend. (Getty Images)

It has been a long season and we have come down to this, one final weekend of games. The New York Red Bulls kind of took some of the sting out of the weekend with their 1-0 win last night over the Philadelphia Union.

Still there are some games with meaning this weekend. We don’t know yet who will be the third seed in the Western Conference and we don’t fully know the order of the Eastern Conference or the wild cards for that matter. A lot is still left to be decided in that case.

A lot can change this weekend and the Union could even find themselves in the wild card round instead of waiting for next weekend to play.

Saturday

New England Revolution at Toronto FC: Final home game for the Reds, who should be feeling really good about their state of things after winning in Dallas on Tuesday in the Champions League. This is another one of those “play for 2012” kind of games though for both sides. I think the good feelings carry over for the Reds and they end the season on a high note.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, New England 0

Colorado Rapids at Vancouver Whitecaps: Tough turnaround for the Rapids who had to play in Mexico in the midweek. This is a big match for them though as a draw or a loss could put them out of hosting a wild card game next week. As many games as they’ve played away from home over the last couple months, they will have to get three points in this one. Expect Vancouver to play the spoiler at home though – something they’ve been doing a good job at as of late.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, Colorado 1

Sporting Kansas City at DC United: The last 15 minutes or so against Portland was fun to watch in some ways for DC United. They left a lot out there on the field and will have to pick themselves up a good bit for this game against Sporting. I’d expect Peter Vermes club to come out and take care of business in this one – even on the road. Sporting’s speed up front and toughness in the back is just a bit too much for this young DC club to handle at the moment.

WVH Prediction: Sporting 2, United 1

Columbus Crew at Chicago Fire: This game would have had some meaning to it before last night but now with the Fire out of contention, this is a “play for 2012” game. The Crew on the other hand can work at getting the #2 seed in the Eastern conference with a win (or even the #1 seed if KC somehow losses at DC). I’ve liked what I’ve seen out of the Crew lately, but I do expect the Fire to make this one interesting.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Chicago 1

Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake: Portland beat RSL earlier this season at home but going to Rio Tinto Stadium is a whole other beast for a young expansion side. With the playoff dreams dashed away they can really only play for pride at this point. I do think they’ll put together a nice effort but in the end Jason Kreis will have his team ready to go for this one and get some momentum going into the playoffs here.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Portland 1

FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes: A big gamble of a game for FC Dallas. Do you go all in and hope RSL stumbles at home to get the #3 seed in the West? Or do you rest some guys and hope for the best in a way to expect to play on Wednesday? Tough call all around really but they should get points against the Quakes. I have to think that after the Toronto loss on Tuesday this team will be riled up to take care of business here.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, San Jose 0

Seattle Sounders FC at Chivas USA: Fairly meaningless game for both sides. I’d expect to see some younger players for both teams play in this one as Seattle already has the #2 seed locked up and Chivas has been eliminated for a couple weeks now. With having to deal with the CCL in the midweek, Seattle will likely rest a good chunk of their players and this could give Chivas an opening to do well. I think it will end level though when it is all said and done.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, Seattle 1

Sunday

LA Galaxy at Houston Dynamo: LA will be like Seattle and rest some starters here – particularly Landon Donovan and David Beckham. They have to have those two healthy for the playoffs. Houston on the other hand will be gunning for three points as by game-time they will know whether or not the wild card is their destiny or if a shot at an automatic playoff spot from the Eastern Conference is in reach. I think they’ll cause some issues for a rather young Galaxy team that will be out there.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, LA 0