- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 24, 2012
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- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 25, Features
Yet another busy week in Major League Soccer kicks off tonight with the first of eight games this weekend.
This weekend will be a big one for a number of reasons. Here are the talking points I put out yesterday on that matter. A few teams will have to figure out how to deal with the Champions League madness while others have a suspension to deal with.
Let’s get down to brass tax here and give some predictions that are sure to go very wrong.
Real Salt Lake at Philadelphia Union: This one is super tricky. Salt Lake just played in the midweek in the Champions League and now has to deal with a cross-country trip just a few days later to battle a team that is on life support in some ways for their playoff hopes. The Union have been up and down lately and lack the consistency to really push a team like Salt Lake. But one thing is clear, the Union are always a better home team and RSL has been struggling lately on the road. This one screams draw but I could see RSL sneak away with three points.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, RSL 1
D.C. United at Montreal Impact: Honestly, I view this as one of the more intriguing games on the weekend schedule. The Impact have been very good as of late at home and really do a good job of pushing around folks in their own building. United needs some points and got them in the midweek against Chicago and will now need to do more on the road to hold off the Impact. The two goals given up to the Fire in the midweek are a concern for United going into this one. Montreal will push D.C. to the limit in this one, I like their chances in getting three points.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 2, D.C. 1
New England Revolution at Columbus Crew: I’ve said it a couple times lately, the Crew could be a very sneaky club going into this final stretch of games here. Their new forwards Jairo Arrieta and Federico Higuaín have given this side the boost they need. Plus it has awakened Eddie Gavin again in the midfield. New England has struggled lately all over and even if they get Juan Toja via allocation today, he won’t be enough to help them tomorrow evening.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, New England 0
Toronto FC at Houston Dynamo: Somehow Dominic Kinnear was able to rest a good chunk of his lineup in the midweek CCL clash. I have to wonder if he’ll rest some other guys this weekend as they have a big game looming next week in the CCL down in Honduras. Toronto hasn’t really been anything of a threat as of late and I don’t expect them to do anything big down in Houston.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Toronto 0
Colorado Rapids at San Jose Earthquakes: Frank Yallop will be without both of his starting center backs for this one. Even as a home game against a struggling team I don’t like that one bit. However, one of their replacements (Ike Opara) has been a guy that I’ve always been high on so there is hope. Colorado has been dreadful away from home this season and against a team like San Jose – that can score at about any moment in the game – this one doesn’t bode well for them.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, Colorado 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at Portland Timbers: Neither side is really on great form these days though the edge may have to tip to the Timbers who have at least started to score for Gavin Wilkinson in their last two games (four goals last week in their two road games). Both sides will be without key midfielder (Koffee for Vancouver, Chara for Portland). It comes down to who scores in this one and the edge still goes to Vancouver. Darren Mattocks could have a field day with all that space in the Portland defense.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Portland 1
Seattle Sounders FC at Chivas USA: Another interesting match. If this one were in Seattle I’d actually figure a draw given Chivas’ road form this season. However it is at the HDC in LA and Seattle would love to pick up a win there.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, Chivas 0
FC Dallas at LA Galaxy: The team that grabs the tempo and sets the pace in this one will get the three points, it is as simple as that. Dallas will have some luck on their side as Blas Perez may return to the line up and LA used their starters last night in the CCL (not to mention they have a CCL game next week as well). LA will key in on David Ferreira, just as they did a month ago in Frisco. If they are successful, they’ll come away with three points again.
WVH Prediction: LA 1, Dallas 0
New York Red Bulls at Sporting Kansas City: Winner of this really gets a strangle hold on the Eastern Conference title race in my book. The Red Bulls are still suspect in the back, especially on the wings. I’d fully expect Peter Vermes to expose that weakness and try to involve Graham Zusi a bit more from the midfield. I think Sporting does just enough to get by in this one while New York struggles to keep the ball out of the back of the net.
WVH Prediction: Sporting 3, New York 2