So here we are, at another Friday. We’re nearly a quarter of the way through this season and now things being to get real interesting around the league. May is set to be a super-busy month for most of the clubs with games in the league, Open Cup games at the end of the month and for three clubs in Canada, a little Cup competition.
Its still too early to really have a good feel on where things are going so far this season but its also too late to give the “its still early” excuse for most of the clubs. Oh the fun is just beginning here huh?
Anyways, here are my thoughts on the weekend ahead. We have another nine game weekend that is spread out on three days, starting tonight in LA.
Chicago Fire at Chivas USA: A tricky game in some ways for both clubs. I like the Fire but I still feel like I know so little about them here. Chivas on the other hand hasn’t had a good spell of things at home but they are finally getting fully healthy here, so that is good. I feel this really could go either way so I’ll stick with a draw. Chicago goes up early but Chivas comes through in late with a goal.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, Chicago 1
D.C. United at Toronto FC: Can the Reds catch a break here? Doubt it. United are coming off a tough loss in the midweek in San Jose but that zig-zagging across North America certainly has to take it’s toll on Ben Olsen’s club. I want to pick Toronto but that just feels like a trap.
WVH Prediction: DC 2, Toronto 1
Philadelphia Union at Seattle Sounders FC: Could be a trap game for the Sounders after a big win over LA. I said could be. Seattle played very well in the midweek against LA and I see that form carrying over to the weekend. Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero both scored on Wednesday and that spells trouble for Peter Nowak’s defense.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Philadelphia 0
San Jose Earthquakes at Vancouver Whitecaps: Can anyone really stop the Quakes at the moment? I don’t think so. Vancouver could be the team that gives them the most trouble thanks to their defense but given how their offense has really failed to live up to expectations this season, I don’t see them hanging with a hot group like San Jose. Still, that turf at BC Place and being a road game will give San Jose some fits. I’m calling it a draw, seems about right.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, San Jose 1
New York Red Bulls at LA Galaxy: LA saved a couple guys on Wednesday and paid for it in Seattle, they won’t make that mistake at home against New York. The Red Bulls lack a ton of key players all over the field, none bigger than Thierry Henry. LA should be able to go right down the middle and score on Larry Bird – I mean Ryan Meara – as much as they please in this one.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, NY 1
Montreal Impact at Sporting Kansas City: Boy it feels like ages since we last saw Sporting play. Remember them? Yeah, they’re still one of the top dogs in the league and this being a home game against an expansion squad that has massive struggles away from Quebec, yeah I don’t think this one will even be close.
WVH Prediction: Sporting KC 3, Montreal 0
New England Revolution at Real Salt Lake: The Revs looked better in the midweek against Colorado at home but having to head out West to play at Salt Lake in the same week is no easy task. I do think New England will go all Toronto on Salt Lake and push them around a good bit but consider this, the Revs typically get blown out in Rio Tinto. I wouldn’t be shocked to see that continue.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, New England 0
Columbus Crew at Portland Timbers: My “something must give” game. Yeah, I want to like both teams, I really do but it is certainly hard to at the moment. John Spencer is out blaming fans for being the issue with the Timbers at the moment, so just for that I’m calling an “upset” pick with Columbus in this one.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Portland 0
Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas: Plenty of good stories to follow in this one. Oscar Pareja returning to Dallas, the Ugo Ihemelu-Drew Moor against their old clubs talk, MLS Cup rematch from 2010. Yeah, yeah yeah, you get it. Colorado didn’t look great in the midweek in New England and a trip to Frisco is never easy for them. I’m leaning towards the home side in this one.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Colorado 1