- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 15, 2012
- 1 Comments
- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 13, Features
The boys are back after a couple weeks off for international duty, USOC games and probably just a general vacation for some.
I have a couple things to get to today around here so I won’t waste anytime on the set up.
D.C. United at Philadelphia Union: New era in Philadelphia with John Hackworth. I don’t see a monumental change in the first game under him though. There are still issues all around the field for the Union and right now United is too damn good. If Ben Olsen can get his club back into the form before the break, this could be an easy three points for them.
WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Philadelphia 1
Colorado Rapids at Vancouver Whitecaps: I loved what I saw out of Martin Rennie’s club last Sunday against Houston. The attack was free flowing and the defense was once again strong. Oh and rookie Darren Mattocks showed why he should have been the top overall pick as well. Colorado is too inconsistent for my taste at the moment and I don’t know if their defense is healthy or even good enough to slow down the Whitecaps at the moment.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Colorado 0
Seattle Sounders FC at Montreal Impact: Jesse Marsch and company open their new/old digs at Saputo Stadium. Seattle looks to be the party crasher in this one. The big thing to key in on is the lack of Osvaldo Alonso for the Rave Green in this one (he’s suspended). That could create openings in the midfield for the Impact to sneak out some points in this one. Talent wise Seattle should win but I see the Impact getting a draw out of this one.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 1, Seattle 1
FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo: It is a shame we can’t get this game more than once this season. But that is the way the unbalanced schedule goes. Dallas will be hurting for this one as George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Brek Shea, Blas Perez and of course Ricardo Villar/David Ferreira are possibly all out for this one. While Houston hasn’t shown a ton this season to impress me, I have no doubt in my mind they have enough to ride their home support to a victory in this one.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Dallas 0
Columbus Crew at New England Revolution: If the Revs can dictate the pace of this game from the opening kick – they could get the three points. Columbus on the other hand was red hot before the two week break. Something will have to give in this one, and while I like the Crew a little more right now than the Revs, this one just screams a draw.
WVH Prediction: New England 1, Columbus 1
Toronto FC at Sporting Kansas City: Another new coach this week, this one in Toronto with Paul Mariner. Yeah, honestly the Reds don’t stack up well against Sporting in this one. Too much speed on the outside from Peter Vermes’ club and not enough quality in the center of the defense for Toronto.
WVH Prediction: Sporting 2, Toronto 0
Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA: Remember when Robin Fraser and his Goats snagged a 1-0 win in Sandy earlier this season? Yeah, I’m sure that’s all the motivation Jason Kreis is having to use this week to get his club ready for this road trip. This one will still be close though as Fraser knows how to get the most out of his club against RSL. A draw seems likely in my eyes as RSL has to come from behind late in this one.
WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, RSL 1
New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire: Right now the Red Bulls are about as healthy as they can get. That means trouble for a Chicago squad that has been battling with inconsistent play for the most part of this season. This one seems like a gritty, close game but the Red Bulls have just too much attacking talent up front that the Fire won’t be able to contend with for 90 minutes.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Chicago 1
Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy: This one should be interesting even though the Timbers haven’t shown up on the road much this season. Suspensions to Hector Jimenez, Mike Magee and Michael Stephens will limit Bruce Arena’s options in midfield. I also believe Landon Donovan may get some rest after a busy National team slate he recent had to deal with. Still a tired Donovan is better than no Donovan at all.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, Portland 0