- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 27, 2012
- 1 Comments
- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 21, Features
Moving into another weekend of soccer. Week 21 has a couple decent looking games including one tonight in Salt Lake City. It is all conference battles here this weekend as we head more into that portion of the league schedule. Games will be even more intense since they nearly all have playoff implications on them.
There are plenty of good talking points going into the weekend, so let’s get down to predicting these games.
Vancouver Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake: The Whitecaps could be without defender Jay DeMerit in this one due to his involvement in the All Star game on Wednesday. The captain went the full 90 and then had some issues getting to Salt Lake to meet up with his teammates. He says he can play but do you really want to risk that? If he doesn’t go the game really shifts to RSL’s favor. In a “6-pointer” you have to think RSL is gunning for three points – especially knowing that they only have so many home games left.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Vancouver 0
Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC: Two of the hotter teams going head-to-head here. Toronto hopes to get newcomer Eric Hassli involved sooner rather than later in this one. If he can’t go then they need a big performance from guys like Luis Silva, Eric Avila, and Ryan Johnson to pick up the load. Houston will be going without Geoff Cameron, as he is close to moving on to the EPL. This one feels like a draw.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Houston 1
New York Red Bulls at Montreal Impact: Jesse Marsch’s club has been good at home so far this season but facing the big names from the Big Apple won’t be easy. Don’t expect to see Tim Cahill just yet for New York but that really shouldn’t matter. The bigger question remains around Montreal defender Alessandro Nesta, does he go or not? The Impact’s defense needs a boost in the worst possible way for this one.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Montreal 1
LA Galaxy at FC Dallas: No Landon Donovan (yellow card accumulation) and possible no David Beckham (Olympic duties late Friday in London). Dallas has been playing well enough as of late to get their form back thanks to David Ferreria’s health. Last week’s romp over Portland showed they have enough in the tank to make this one a game. A lot will come down if Robbie Keane can carry the load offensively or not for LA and if Brek Shea returns for Dallas. FCD needs the three points badly and they know it.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, LA 1
Columbus Crew at Sporting Kansas City: A tough one to call given the fact that I’m not impressed with either club’s offenses at the moment. Columbus could have a couple guys out of place in this one – which will make it tough to keep up with the speed on the outside from SKC. Columbus will keep this one tight but I don’t like their chances on the road at the moment.
WVH Prediction: SKC 1, Columbus 0
Seattle Sounders at Colorado Rapids: Sigi Schmid had a couple guys in the All Star game on Wednesday that logged some solid minutes. Now they face a tough trip to the Mile High City to battle a Colorado side desperate for points. Seattle should be improved defensively in this with keeper Michael Gspurning returning to the field for the first time since early May. Colorado needs to show up offensively to test him out though and lately they haven’t been able to do that. I think the losing streak ends for the Rapids but only as far as a draw.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Seattle 1
Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes: Probably one of the better match ups of the weekend. Chicago continues to be a club that baffles me from week-to-week. They look great one day and terrible the next. Offensively they need help and their new DP probably won’t be expected to play in this one just yet. That’s not gonna help considering they fact the league’s best offense. Their defense needs to rise to the occasion to help out but San Jose will be too much at home.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, Chicago 1
Chivas USA at Portland Timbers: The Timbers need a bounce back in the worst possible way right now. Chivas comes into town with one of the league’s better road records but I wouldn’t expect them to come out and score a bunch of goals on Portland’s defense (Chivas has a league-worst 13 goals on the season). While these two just met a week ago, I don’t see the same result in this one for Chivas.
WVH Prediction: Portland 2, Chivas 0
New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union: Another decent matchup on the weekend slate. The Union should welcome back Freddy Adu to the lineup after a week of bad rumors surrounding his future. New England will still be without new striker Jerry Bengtson, who is in London for the Olympics with Honduras. The Revs could keep this one close defensively but I like where John Hackworth is taking this club at the moment.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, New England 0