- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 16, 2012
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- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 MLS Season Predictions, 2012 Week 2, Brad Davis, Brek Shea, Features, Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry
The weekend is finally here, though I’ll be honest this week flew by for me. Major League Soccer has a full slate of games this weekend with seven on Saturday and two on Sunday. Only the Columbus Crew are off this weekend (just something we’ll be living with this season due to the unbalanced schedule).
Last week didn’t yield any draws (shocking right?) but I think this weekend will return to the old habit from last season.
I had plenty of talking points yesterday for this weekend. Now it is time to pick who will win.
Chicago Fire at Montreal Impact – Montreal opens up their home slate in what could be one of the higher attended games this season. Its possible that 60,000 could be on hand for this game between them and the Fire, who were off last weekend. The Impact didn’t look particularly great in week one in their loss at Vancouver but given the large crowd and the emotions of playing their first home game in MLS, you have to expect they’ll be fired up for this one. Expect the Fire to be balanced and controlled in this one but at the same time Montreal will let their emotions carry them to a point.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 1, Chicago 1
Houston Dynamo at San Jose Earthquakes – This one takes place at AT&T Park, normally a baseball venue. Both teams are used to smaller spaces so this one could be physical. Houston struggled offensively in week one but I’d expect their defense to carry them a bit in this one. If they can get Brad Davis back into the swing of things it will put a ton of pressure on the Quakes back line. San Jose was decent in their week one win over New England but I don’t think a ton of people were particularly impressed with them. Seeing them against a strong defense like Houston’s will be fun to watch. This one feels like it will end level though with not a ton of surprises.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Houston 1
New England Revolution at Sporting Kansas City – KC did just enough to win last week on the road in DC while the Revs couldn’t get much going offensively in San Jose. I’d expect more of the same out of these two in this one as KC was very strong last year in LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. As long as they maintain the high tempo and press the defense of New England this one should be an easy three points.
WVH Prediction: SKC 3, New England 1
Portland Timbers at FC Dallas – FCD has a ton of injuries going into this one but the biggest loss will be Brek Shea, who is away with the U-23 national team. Dallas should be alright as Dallas loves to spread out the field and look to make Portland chase the game. Timbers will have to rely on their bread and butter, set pieces, to score in this one. This one feels like a draw though given Dallas’ roster issues and Portland’s inability to win on the road (at least that’s how they were last year).
WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, Portland 1
New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake – One thing to keep in mind is RSL rarely loses at Rio Tinto and they rarely lose to New York in Salt Lake in general. With the defensive and midfield issues the Red Bulls had against Dallas last week, I don’t think they’ll be able to handle a much better RSL team in this one on the road. RSL will force Thierry Henry into the midfield like Dallas did last week and that will be all they need to get easy turnovers from the other Red Bulls.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, New York 0
Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders FC – Both had games in the midweek in the CCL, each ended in different results. There is little doubt in my mind that Toronto will have a let down in this one as Seattle will want to quickly get over the 6-1 loss at Santos. Both teams will be looking at their benches more for this one and that advantage still has to lean on Seattle.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Toronto 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA – An interesting game to look at here. Chivas was dreadful in their opener last week while Vancouver ran all over an expansion team. Chivas can make things difficult in the offensive end for the other side but Vancouver has a ton of scoring threats that should be able to sneak through them. The Caps are looking for their first road win in MLS and I think they’ll get it here since Chivas won’t have any of their main scoring threats for this one (Juan Pablo Angel is likely out with concussion-like symptoms).
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Chivas 0
Colorado Rapids at Philadelphia Union – The Union have to defend better in their open opener than they did in Portland on Monday. I do believe this one could get clogged up in the midfield though as Colorado takes their new formation to the road. Defensively they looked good last week but given the Crew’s lack of attacking options, I think Philly will provide a stiffer test.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Colorado 1
D.C. United at LA Galaxy – Forth game in two weeks. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Honestly, LA at some point has to show their true grit, and I think they do it in this one.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, DC 0