- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 3, 2012
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- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 22, Features
And somehow we are at Friday. Boy this week has flown by with Olympic madness, CCL games, more friendlies and tons of other things. MLS moves into the new month on the calendar, a busy month of August that will shape how things go as we head towards the playoffs.
We have the usual eight games spread over three days – starting with a game tonight in Houston.
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New York Red Bulls at Houston Dynamo: This is the first of a random home and home series with these two clubs. The return game is in New York next Friday. The Dynamo have been strong as of late – I mean really strong – going 5-0-2 in their last seven games. They’ll welcome back Ricardo Clark in the coming days as well to really be even better. New York needs points to remain the top dog in the Eastern Conference and this one will be interesting as it will be Tim Cahill’s first visit to the oven in Texas. New York will also have to overcome their biggest loss in the midfield as Dax McCarty is suspended for this one. Expect the Orange to prevail in this one.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, New York 0
Philadelphia Union at Montreal Impact: Maybe last week was a solid preview of how good the Impact can be with a good, veteran lead defense. Nelson Rivas and Alessandro Nesta seemed good in their first test last week against New York. Now they face a quick and hungry team from Philadelphia. This one will be a battle from start to finish and after last week’s result against New England, you can’t count out this Union team at any point. I feel a draw coming in this one just given the form of the two sides.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 1, Philadelphia 1
Columbus Crew at D.C. United: This one could be one of the better games of the weekend. The Crew showed last week that they can win on the road and that they can score goals. United need to get back on track as teams in the East caught up to them and even passed them in the standings. United need a big game out of Dwayne De Rosario. This is the time of year that he usually turns it on and I’d imagine if he wants a repeat of his MVP award, he’ll need to begin doing it again here. Tempo will be huge in this game as well, something I think D.C. will bring from the start.
WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Columbus 1
Sporting Kansas City at New England Revolution: The first game without Shalrie Joseph for New England should be a tough one against Sporting. If the Revs use the tactics they employed two weeks ago in KC, sit back and frustrate the Sporting attack, then I think they’ll come away with points. I do wonder how the off field distraction of striker Saer Sene is going for them though. In the end, this one screams draw.
WVH Prediction: New England 0, Sporting 0
Toronto FC at Chicago Fire: The Reds looked great in the midweek CCL game, winning 5-1. But that won’t be the case this weekend in Chicago as they’ll quickly learn how far back they are of the Fire in the playoff hunt. Chicago knows they have to get going here as the playoff race heats up and dropping a home game to a team this far back won’t be acceptable. Newcomer Alvaro Fernandez also needs to make his mark on this new club.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, Toronto 0
Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids: Oh the Rocky Mountain Cup. Boy this game has lost some luster this season due to some poor scheduling in my opinion. RSL wrapped up the cup in their last meeting so this one is just for points at this stage in the season. RSL stumbled in their opening CCL game this week on the road and you have to bet the jet lag will take effect in this one. Colorado is looking to end their terrible rut but I only see it going as far as a draw.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, RSL 1
FC Dallas at Portland Timbers: Their last meeting was a blowout, 5-0 in favor of FCD two weeks ago. Don’t expect a similar result if you are a Dallas fan. Schellas Hyndman has some new injuries to deal with as Ricardo Villar goes back on the pine and Brazilian midfielder Jackson apparently has joined him with a concussion issue. Dallas should welcome Brek Shea back in the lineup and he will need to carry this club a bit on the road in order to make up for his recent outburst. Portland will press early and hope to ride their crowd but this one seems like a draw in the end.
WVH Prediction: Portland 1, Dallas 1
LA Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC: Both had games last night, but one was a friendly for LA. Seattle had more to deal with last night in the CCL and will have to rest some players because of it for this one. LA comes into this game as one of the hotter clubs in the league. Big games are their deal and I see them coming out of this one on top as well. Saying that though, this game should be worth a watch regardless of the outcome.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, Seattle 1