- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 20, 2012
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- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 20, Features
The weekend is finally here folks. I have to say this felt like a longer week than normal but now that Friday is finally here we can focus on the task at hand with this weekend’s slate of games.
Another full weekend, seven games on Saturday with one on Sunday. There is also a couple World Football Challenge games on tap as well this weekend (gotta love the friendly season).
Below are my predictions for the weekend. As always feel free to leave your score predictions below.
Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls: This one should get plenty of attention for a couple obvious reasons. This is a rivalry game that needs to get more attention but the whole Sebastien Le Toux against his former club will make the bigger headlines. I have a feeling he’ll make a big impact on this game just to stick it to his old club. New York is unbeaten at home this year and they’ll remain that way after tomorrow.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Philadelphia 0
D.C. United at Columbus Crew: Two clubs that struggled last weekend square off at Crew Stadium. This one comes down to offense in my mind. The Crew don’t have it at the moment while D.C. has one of the best in the league. Defensively the Crew will have to rely on their strong defense and hope that they can sneak one by a United defense that will be patched up a bit from last weekend. I’m sticking with the road side though.
WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Columbus 0
Montreal Impact at Houston Dynamo: The Impact’s first big trip to play in Texas heat (yeah they visited Dallas a couple months ago but it wasn’t hot then). The heat will be an issue as the Impact hope to debut Alessandro Nesta tomorrow. That won’t be a friendly welcome to the Italian into MLS.
WVH Prediction: Houston 3, Montreal 1
New England Revolution at Sporting Kansas City: The Revs lacked a lot of quality in their midweek loss at Montreal, now they head to Kansas City to deal with some heat on and off the field. Sporting was off in the midweek and should be good and rested for this one. They’ll bounce back after a loss last weekend in Houston.
WVH Prediction: Sporting 2, New England 1
Portland Timbers at FC Dallas: This one could either be a good one or a really bad one. I’m leaning towards the latter of the two. A lot will be interesting to see what Schellas Hyndman does with Brek Shea after his little outburst on Wednesday in San Jose. Does he start him or sit him? Given Dallas’ shortage of attacking options at the moment (Blas Perez is out and Fabian Castillo is suspended on yellow cards), he may have to go.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, Portland 1
Colorado Rapids at Real Salt Lake: The second rivalry game on the day – and probably the best one of the lot. These two always give a good battle, even when neither are doing well. Both will be missing key players in the midfield but in the end RSL will be too much for Colorado. Still this one should be a frenzy affair to watch.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Colorado 0
Chivas USA at LA Galaxy: Oh the LA SuperClasico. On one side you have Chivas, the worst offensive side in the league against LA, one of the worst defensive sides in the league. I tend to side with offense in games like this.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, Chivas 1
San Jose Earthquakes at Vancouver Whitecaps: Probably the best game of the week in my opinion. Two top Western clubs square off. The Caps were unlucky not to get a win on Wednesday against LA while San Jose was lucky to get a win over Dallas. This one screams draw to me as both sides have good enough defenses to carry them in this one.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, San Jose 1