- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 17, 2012
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- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 24, Features
Are you ready? That’s probably a question a lot of coaches will be asking this weekend of their players – mainly the ones that will be pulling double duty this week.
MLS heads into a busy, busy weekend with nine games spread out over two days. Five clubs have already played a game so far this week with plenty of other clubs having to deal with one or two players out on Wednesday with their national teams.
So yeah, are you ready? Here are my picks for the weekend. As always feel free to leave your thoughts below
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Vancouver Whitecaps at Seattle Sounders FC: The midfield battle in this one will be worth a watch. Both sides will want to get out on top early in this one – so I’d expect a bit of a dog fight early on. As much as I want to like where the Whitecaps are going here this season, their play on Wednesday was pretty poor against Dallas. I don’t see a quick rebound on the road going their way. Seattle is too good up top when Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero are on their games.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Vancouver 1
Sporting Kansas City at Toronto FC: Toronto is starting to fade away in the distance for me. While the play up top is improving with Eric Hassli finally healthy again, it is the midfield and defensive play that will still be a concern for the rest of the season. Sporting has too much quality in the midfield and should control this game from the start. I do think it will be a close one but Sporting finds a way to come out on top in a game they should win.
WVH Prediction: Sporting KC 2, Toronto 1
San Jose Earthquakes at Montreal Impact: One of the final East v. West matches of the season. An odd one to say the least as the Quakes should dominate this game when you look at the two sides on paper. Montreal’s defense worries me going into this one but their play at Stade Saputo has been pretty impressive this season – even against some of the better clubs in the league. The physical battle in this one will be worth keeping an eye on, if Montreal frustrates San Jose early on, they could easily sneak away with points. A draw seems like a solid prediction on this one as Chris Wondolowski has been kept cold as of late and could be kept off the score sheet yet again.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 1, San Jose 1
New England Revolution at Chicago Fire: This is one game that seems like a total mismatch to me. New England has been dreadful as of late while I have a feeling the Fire are starting to hit their stride here. The Revs are winless in their last six trips to Toyota Park and that streak will move to seven as the hot play of Chris Rolfe and Alvaro Fernandez keeps the Fire winning.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 3, New England 1
FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake: Both teams had plenty of key players out on Wednesday and Dallas had to pull out a solid win in Vancouver as well. The altitude will cause problems for the tired legs from Dallas though. RSL needs a bounce back game after dropping a couple in a row here. Even with the CCL date looming next week, a patch-work lineup from Jason Kreis should come out on top in this one.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, FCD 1
Chivas USA at Colorado Rapids: Not sure what to make of this game. Colorado is better than they should be at this point in the season but they will be without Jaime Castrillon, who is serving a one-game ban for a kick to George John. Chivas on the other hand hasn’t been good as of late but are a decent road team this season. This one is a toss up in my mind though given the form of each side. As luck with have it for the Rapids the coin flip landed in their favor.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Chivas 0
Philadelphia Union at D.C. United: This one got a little more interesting yesterday with the trade between these two sides. I have to think Danny Cruz will want to be involved in this one. I have no doubt that he was probably a bit upset to be let go so quickly from D.C. after having a pretty solid first season with the Black-and-Red. One guy to keep an eye out on though is Dwayne De Rosario – D.C. has to get him going in this one to keep their playoff chances alive.
WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Philadelphia 1
Portland Timbers at New York Red Bulls: The Timbers ended their losing run on Wednesday with a draw in Toronto. Good for them but bad that they now have a game in New York against one of the league’s best home teams. As long as New York takes care of business early in this one with Thierry Henry or Kenny Cooper, they should have no problems leaving with three points.
WVH Prediction: New York 3, Portland 0
Columbus Crew at Houston Dynamo: The Crew are still reeling here after the loss of Kirk Urso. The draw on Wednesday against LA didn’t help matters either. They still have games-in-hand on nearly everyone in the league but a trip to Houston isn’t what the club needs at this point. Expect the men in orange to come away with this one.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Columbus 0