2012 MLS, Week 23: Predictions

2012 MLS, Week 23: Predictions

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 10, 2012
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  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 23, Features

Seattle hopes to bounce back from their Open Cup loss. (Getty Images)

A quick note to start off this week’s predictions post. The Columbus-Toronto game that was originally scheduled for tomorrow afternoon has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 22. MLS and the two clubs agreed to the move of the game yesterday evening so the Crew could attend the funeral of Kirk Urso. Classy move on MLS and Toronto to agree to that move.

With that, there is one less game this weekend to concern ourselves with. I ran over some talking points yesterday in my usual Thursday piece, What To Watch For.

This week starts off just like the last – with a Houston-New York game.

Friday

Houston Dynamo at New York Red Bulls – We were just here right? The random home-and-home series between these two clubs wraps up tonight at Red Bull Arena. The Dynamo come into this game hot while the Red Bulls are still figuring out how to get their offense going with Tim Cahill. I expect a different game out of New York than what we saw a week ago. They are a much better side at home and with Dax McCarty back from suspension, the defense should be improved.

WVH Prediction: New York 2, Houston 1

Saturday

Real Salt Lake at Vancouver Whitecaps – Another meeting between these two sides as they met two weeks ago in Sandy. As I mentioned yesterday, this has that something-has-to-give kind of feel to it. One thing to keep watch on will be Brad Knighton making his Vancouver debut in place of the suspended Joe Cannon. As good as Vancouver’s defense is, I do worry about a new keeper behind them. That being said, the Caps are a strong team at home while RSL has struggled to really find a solid footing away from Rio Tinto this season. This one screams draw to me though.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, RSL 1

D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City: The highs of winning a trophy for the first time in nearly a decade will be something that carries this SKC team for the rest of the season. The thing is going into this important game I see the hangover kicking in right away and causing them to drop some points at home to a hungry United squad.

WVH Prediction: Sporting 1, United 1

Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas – The rubber match of this season series. The road teams have won both games so far but let’s be honest, that win by Colorado was a result of two quick red cards for FC Dallas a few months back. I wouldn’t expect the same result here. Colorado did finally get over the hump last week and beat their rivals RSL to end their eight game skid. Dallas didn’t have David Ferreira for that last home game with the Rapids and he proves to be the difference in this one.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Colorado 1

Seattle Sounders FC at San Jose Earthquakes – Tough go of it for Sigi Schmid’s team. They lost in the USOC final and part of that could be due to the ref. Now they must hit the road again to face the league’s best club in San Jose. Ouch. Let’s also point out the fact that San Jose was off last week and Seattle has played a couple extra games outside of league play since then. This is the point where San Jose pulls away from the rest in the Supporters’ Shield race.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, Seattle 0

Sunday

Chicago Fire at Philadelphia Union – This one has a lot of interesting points. The Union have been very good since the emergence of Jack McInerney but he is suspended for this one. Also former Fire defender Bakary Soumare could make his Union debut this weekend in this one as well. Very interesting stuff. In the end this one will come down to some good possession and midfield play. Both seem to be fairly level in my book though the speed of the Fire up front will cause problems in the back for the Union. Still, this one seems like a push.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, Chicago 1

Montreal Impact at New England Revolution – No Nelson Rivas for Montreal as we get to see really what the Impact are made of on the road with Alessandro Nesta. New England welcomes Jerry Bengtson back from his Olympic duties with Honduras and I’d imagine that will be all they need given how well he played in London these last two weeks.

WVH Prediction: New England 2, Montreal 0

LA Galaxy at Chivas USA – We get to see Shalrie Joseph in this rivalry  – definitely something to point out. But does it fix Chivas’ up front? Not at all. Chivas need goals and at this point who knows where they will come from. Even with their sloppy defense that gave up four last weekend in Seattle, the Galaxy stand a better shot in this one with that group against this Chivas offense. Still, rivalry games are fun and this one should be pretty decent.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, Chivas 0

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