- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 14, 2012
- 2 Comments
- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 27, Features
There are only a few more weeks to the regular season left in MLS. After an international break last week, the league returns to a full schedule this weekend starting tonight with two big games.
Let’s not waste any time with the formalities to open a predictions post, time to get down to the predictions that are sure to go very wrong.
Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City: A big Eastern Conference showdown tonight. I don’t expect a ton of goals in this one, hell part of me thinks we’ll see a physical 0-0 draw. Houston needs the three points a little more than SKC at this point but the Dynamo haven’t been able to really put it together away from home as of late. SKC will cause issues for them but again this one feels like a draw.
WVH Prediction: SKC 1, Houston 1
Colorado Rapids at LA Galaxy: Landon Donovan should return to the lineup tonight for LA – which is only bad news to the Rapids and their dying playoff chances. LA may also get to rest some players like David Beckham and welcome in newcomers like Christian Wilhelmsson. Either way this one should be a bit of a cake walk for the Galaxy at home.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, Colorado 1
Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC: Paul Mariner blasted his club for the loss to Chicago in the midweek, so I’d expect a bit of a better turnout from the Reds in this one. The Union’s playoff hopes will pretty much die all together in this one should Toronto actually show up for 90 minutes. Given that it is at BMO Field, I’m going with the home side.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, Philadelphia 1
Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers: The big one in most folks mind this weekend. MLS will certainly hype the living crap out of this one as they always do. The playoffs are a very unlikely thing for the Timbers but winning a Cascadia Cup this year is still very doable (the Timbers currently lead the Cup standings). Seattle wants and needs points only to secure a playoff spot and more importantly a potential home field advantage in the playoffs. Expect a cagy game with no winner though.
WVH Prediction: Portland 1, Seattle 1
Columbus Crew at New York Red Bulls: This is one that I am looking forward to. The Crew’s defense will get a huge test in this one and lately they’ve been a bit iffy. The Red Bulls will press hard in this one for three points as they know that getting home field advantage in the playoffs is a huge deal. The off week last week will help Columbus but I just like the Red Bulls at home too much in this one. Thierry Henry and company have too much fire power that the Crew will struggle with.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Columbus 1
New England Revolution at D.C. United: I mentioned yesterday that someone else will have to step up for D.C. now that Dwayne De Rosario is out for the rest of the year. This game could easily go either way now in my mind. New England doesn’t have a ton to play for anymore and could be eliminated this weekend all together from the playoff picture. United should regroup though at home and find someone (hello Chris Pontius) to step up.
WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, New England 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at FC Dallas: This one is certainly interesting. Vancouver holds a four point edge over Dallas in the playoff race (really the only one left to talk about in the Western Conference). With four more home games ahead for the Caps, Vancouver can actually afford to take it easy in this one in some ways. The international break should have done them some good as they have been dreadful over the last couple of months. I see them sitting back in this one and hoping to catch Dallas on counters with Dane Richards or Darren Mattocks. Dallas has to get on the board early in this one to make it possible for three points. I like their chances though at home in this one to get the job done.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Vancouver 0
Montreal Impact at Chicago Fire: The Fire moved into second place on Wednesday without any big fanfare. Now they host one of the worst road teams in MLS in hopes to keep that positioning going into the final weeks of the season. Chicago will do enough to get three points in this one just like they did in Toronto on Wednesday.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 2, Montreal 0
San Jose Earthquakes at Chivas USA: The Quakes should roll over Chivas in this one. The Goats could be without Danny Califf in the back which doesn’t bode well going up against the league’s best attack. This one could potentially get ugly score wise if San Jose gets going early.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 3, Chivas 1