2012 MLS, Week 16: Picks

2012 MLS, Week 16: Picks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 22, 2012
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Kyle Beckerman and RSL look to rebound at home against San Jose. (Getty Images)

It may be had to believe but June is nearly over in the 2012 season. This week has been as busy as I can remember for some time. Six games on Wednesday followed up by a full eight games this weekend.

Three rivalry games this weekend (if you do count Columbus-Chicago as a rivalry – I do, so should you!), two of them on Sunday. With the Euro’s going on this weekend, there should be plenty of good viewing going on all over the place.

Here is how I see the weekend shaking out. Feel free to leave your thoughts and picks below.

Saturday

New England Revolution at Toronto FC: Mariner against his old bunch – which at this point don’t look at all like the last team he saw in New England as an assistant coach under Steve Nicol. Still there is plenty of familiarity there as he knows Revs coach Jay Heaps and knows the style this club brings to the table. Toronto proved in Houston on Wednesday that the offense is very much alive – I think they continue that at home this weekend too. The key will be if their defense can hold for 90 minutes. I don’t think they are but I do like the Reds in this one.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, New England 1

Sporting Kansas City at Philadelphia Union: Both clubs have USOC quarterfinals on Tuesday to deal with so it will be interesting to see who goes all in on this one and who rests some players. My gut tells me both will rest a couple key players for Tuesday which could make this one pretty wide open. Sporting still has plenty more talent to offer than the Union at this point but don’t sleep on John Hackworth’s bunch just yet, they showed a ton of fight last week against D.C. United.

WVH Prediction: Sporting 2, Philadelphia 1

Houston Dynamo  at Montreal Impact: Both had tough matches in the midweek and neither really looked that great. Right now I do worry about this Houston squad as they’ve struggled against bad teams as of late – even at home. The Impact are a much better team in Canada than they are on the road in the US, I look for them to bounce back in this one and get another nice win in front of the faithful.

WVH Prediction: Montreal 2, Houston 0

Columbus Crew at Chicago Fire: A nice rivalry game here that no one really talks about. Both teams are very intriguing at the moment – each could surprise anyone at this point. The one thing to note is Chicago’s lack of consistency that keeps haunting them. They played well last week but that may not mean they’ll do the same this week. Columbus is a team that will give them fits and I think each end with a point.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Columbus 1

San Jose Earthquakes at Real Salt Lake: A very big game that should get hyped more but probably won’t at this point. RSL gave a shocking result in the midweek at home and I don’t look for them to do that again. San Jose on the other hand continues to grind away results yet I still don’t respect them nearly that much to want to pick them in this one. RSL should bounce back tomorrow, they have too many quality veterans that won’t want another disappointing home result.

WVH Prediction: RSL 3, San Jose 2

Chivas USA at FC Dallas: Can Dallas end the slump? Maybe, they should get some key guys like Brek Shea and George John back for this one but Chivas USA has been good on the road this season (3-1-2). If Dallas has most of the main guys back like Shea, John and even Blas Perez (he’s battling an ankle issue right now) then I think I lean towards the home side. But without them, this one looks like a draw to me.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, Chivas 1

Vancouver Whitecaps at LA Galaxy: Are the Galaxy for real this time? Some think so, others not so much. The Caps continue to improve in my eyes and need to get a big result here on the road to really catch everyone else’s attention. If the defense holds, they could sneak out with points. But I do like the changes that Bruce Arena has done with his midfield, by stacking more above the defense to clog up the middle. That seems to work for them here. This one screams draw to me though as Vancouver does have some quality to match LA.

WVH Prediction: LA 1, Vancouver 1

Sunday

Seattle Sounders FC at Portland Timbers: The big Cascadia Cup match. It will certainly be interesting to see how this one goes as Seattle has been in a bit of a slump while the Timbers have also fared pretty bad as of late. I think an early goal by either club does the trick. Seattle knows what it takes to win in this series and I think they prove their worth in this one.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Portland 1

D.C. United at New York Red Bulls: This may be the biggest game of the weekend though – the Atlantic Cup rivals clashing in front of a sold-out Red Bull Arena. New York typically struggles in big settings like this one but they will have Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez back in action. Will it help or hurt is the question. I think it gives Kenny Cooper a major boost to have Henry back as he hasn’t been able to carry the club in the same manner as Henry does. But no one can sleep on the Dwayne De Rosario factor in this one – he loves beating his old clubs – expect a big showing from him.

WVH Prediction: D.C. 3, New York 2

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