2012 MLS, Week 14: Big Wednesday Picks

2012 MLS, Week 14: Big Wednesday Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 20, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 14, Features

Vancouver looks to stay hot against the Red Bulls (Getty Images)

It is an over-sized Wednesday night in Major League Soccer. Six games on the menu – all taking place west of the Mississippi River.

A couple of the games tonight look like real crackers too, just a shame they come in the middle of the week and aren’t getting properly hyped by the league or aired on national TV here. With the Euros off for a day, you’d think ESPN would have cashed in on the RSL-LA game or even the Seattle-Sporting KC game.

Still it is a big midweek group of games, so let’s get down to picking winners.

LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake: Rio Tinto should be rocking for this one as the league leaders looking to add more to their lead in the Western Conference. Salt Lake looked dominate in LA last weekend against Chivas and now host the Galaxy – who finally got a shutout on the season last weekend against Portland. Bruce Arena’s group looked stronger defensively while the offense mustered up just a single goal in the win. I don’t look for the same luck against RSL though tonight as Jason Kreis’ group looked good all over the pitch with everyone healthy and ready to go.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, LA 0

Toronto FC at Houston Dynamo: The Orange scored a nice win over rivals FC Dallas last weekend and now they host the league’s worst club Toronto. The Reds come into this game with a bit of turmoil as three of their players were arrested the other day in Houston. That does not bode well for them tonight in the oven at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston should have enough offense with Will Bruin and Brad Davis to get by the weaker Toronto side.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Toronto 0

San Jose Earthquakes at Colorado Rapids: One thing we’ve been wondering here about the Quakes is how will this break in play help/hurt them. I think for one they’ll finally be healthy enough to put their best starting XI out there. Colorado struggled last weekend in Vancouver and while their inconstant nature suggests they’ll be better in this game, I think they’ll have a real fight on their hands with a much better San Jose squad. This one screams draw in my mind and that’s what I’m sticking with here as Chris Wondowloski gets back on the board for the Quakes and somehow Colorado keeps it level late.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, San Jose 1

Sporting Kansas City at Seattle Sounders FC: This one has great potential to be wide open. Sporting looked like their old self last weekend against Toronto and the Sounders got blown away in Montreal. I’d expect a bounce back from Sigi Schmid’s group as his clubs rarely lose two in a row by big margins. Gaining Osvaldo Alonso back for this game will help the Sounders in a big way to keep this game more level in the midfield. These two clubs always play fantastic games with late goals in Seattle – I’d expect more of the same.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, Sporting 0

Montreal Impact at Chivas USA: The Impact have not been good on the road this year and Chivas has not been good at home either. So something has to give, right? Eh, calling this a draw as neither team really excite me in this matchup even though the Impact are coming off a big home win over the weekend.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, Montreal 1

New York Red Bulls at Vancouver Whitecaps: The Red Bulls didn’t take the two week break very well as they returned last weekend in Chicago to a thumping from the Fire. The short turnaround on the road in Vancouver won’t help either. The Caps have been playing some good soccer as of late and their offense is finally hitting it’s stride. This could be a slug fest if things work out in that way, but at the end of the day I like Vancouver at home in this one.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, New York 1