- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 6, 2012
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- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 18, Features
Just like I mentioned yesterday, I am slowly getting back into the swing of things here. I opted not to do my usual Thursday piece “What to Watch for” and instead decided to add a little more to my predictions below.
The menu for the weekend is fairly full – nine games in total spread fairly evening over Saturday and Sunday.
Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City: At some point Houston has to turn things around if they want to get back to a MLS Cup this season. They have good qualities but too many bad qualities for me at the moment. Sporting on the other hand just needs to get consistent again. What I mean by that is, the early form that they came out of the gates with to start the season needs to be found again. The club knows how to win and how to dominate games but against possession teams like Houston it won’t be easy. This one could be a dogfight. Both sides trade goals before Sporting finds a late winner.
WVH Prediction: Sporting 2, Houston 1
Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake: I love the Kosuke Kimura trade for Portland that they did yesterday. He is the perfect type of player to play in the full back spot for Portland. Something that has been lacking since they entered the league last year. It should also be a move that helps their possession game a bit too, quality defenders do help towards keeping the ball.
Anyways, will it be enough? No, Portland’s trip to Colorado last week was enough to show me that this club just won’t do well in the Mountain time zone. RSL has been on a bit of a bender as of late, even at home. RSL will make Portland chase this game which won’t be easy at altitude.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Portland 0
San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas: David Ferreira is back but not at 100% fitness to be effective enough for Schellas Hyndman. Also, Brek Shea as a target forward? Yeah, that won’t work either. Dallas is still in a state of madness with their lineup and injuries at the moment that facing a team like San Jose, even after a loss won’t be easy. I’d expect Ferreira and Ricardo Villar to split time on Saturday for Dallas. If Blas Perez can make his return to the lineup then the offense could be dangerous enough to keep up with Chris Wondowloski. If not, Wondo and the Quakes should run all over Frisco in this one. Dallas is still banged up enough in the back at the moment too which does not bode well.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, FC Dallas 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA: Martin Rennie’s club got a big road win in their last game to give them the confidence they need for a trip to LA. Chivas also has one eye on the US Open Cup semifinal that they have to deal with next Tuesday. As good as Chivas can be, they are dreadful at the Home Depot Center this season. I’d imagine a mix-and-match lineup from both sides in this one but at the end of it Vancouver should get three points in this one thanks to their offense having enough juice to score and their defense being strong enough here.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, Chivas 0
Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders FC: Seattle is another club that must weigh the priorities here with the USOC semifinal on Tuesday. The Sounders have been dealing with a ton of issues lately in terms of poor form across the field. At some point someone will have to step up. Some folks think Fredy Montero is the guy to do it. I tend to agree with those folks. This is a game the Sounders should win but given the high priority placed on the USOC by this club’s owners and fans I’d imagine a conservative approach will be taken in this game by Sigi Schmid. Safe bet to go with the draw even though Colorado is a team that loves to win right after losing a game.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, Colorado 1
LA Galaxy at Chicago Fire: So David Beckham can kick not one but two balls at an official and only get suspended for a single game. Not to mention he should have been suspended before Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia but that is beside the point. So Chicago fans won’t see Beckham but they will get a Galaxy team that just lost to the Union at home. The Fire have been hot lately (no pun intended), and most of that comes down to the team finally coming together like they should have here a while back. I still think they are a good striker away from being a top contender in the East but they have the quality to beat LA in this one.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, LA 0
Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union: Both sides have turned a corner so-to-speak since changing managers. Toronto still has some defensive issues to sort out while the Union have some holes here and there to deal with. Danny Koevermans is finally finding that form that many figured he would at the start of the season. My Golden Boot prediction with him doesn’t feel so far off at the moment with him just a few goals behind Wondolowski. If he stays healthy and the service continues to improve, so will the amount of goals he scores and the points Toronto brings in. Anything is possible in this one but a draw seems likely.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Toronto 1
New York Red Bulls at New England Revolution: We likely won’t see newcomer Jerry Bengtson in this one but I really do hope that move pans out for the Revs. The thought of him and Saer Sene up top sounds really good to me. The thing is the attack is fine for the Revs at the moment, it is their defense and wide play that will be an issue in this one as the Red Bulls do a good job of getting wide and pressing teams down the flanks. This one has the makings to be all over the place as these two usually play tight against one another. I see some goals but I don’t see three points for either side.
WVH Prediction: New England 2, New York 2
Columbus Crew at Montreal Impact: Defensively this one won’t be easy for the Impact without Davy Arnaud and Felipe – both out with a one-game ban. The Crew are better than most expect them to be but their offense still has some issues and could have trouble finding the back of the net at Stade Saputo. If any games have no goals written all over it this weekend it could be this one.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 0, Columbus 0