- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 19, 2012
- 1 Comments
- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 29, Features
MLS returns to midweek action this week with four big games – three of them will go a long way in determining the Eastern Conference playoff race.
None may be bigger than the first game of the evening.
Sporting Kansas City at New York Red Bulls: I hope to get into the Eastern Conference race today or tomorrow but until then, we’ll have to wait and see how time goes. This one is a big one folks. I said last week that the Eastern Conference race could be won or lost in Red Bull Arena and that holds very true still today. New York is unbeaten at home this year (10-0-3) and look to continue that mark as they finish out the season with a slew of home games. SKC has a slight lead in the Eastern Conference race at the moment but they need a result on the road badly in this one. I’d expect a cagy affair as New York has the offense to win while Kansas City will ride the league’s best defense in the process. In the end, New York doesn’t give up their unbeaten mark but SKC doesn’t budge either.
WVH Prediction: New York 1, SKC 1
Chivas USA at Columbus Crew: If there was ever a game to get back on track for Columbus it is this one. One of the final East v. West games of the year (until MLS Cup of course), and it pits arguably the worst Western Conference club against a good Columbus team that has been struggling these last couple of games. Columbus knows how to beat clubs that are inferior to them but can Chivas rekindle their road magic from earlier in the year? Doubtful in my mind given the need for points out of the Crew.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Chivas 0
Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes: At some point the Quakes will clinch that Supporters’ Shield crown for the season and this will be a game that helps them get closer to that point. Portland has been better at times lately but given how their improved performance has come against teams like Colorado it is hard to take them real serious against the league’s top club on the road. Seeing Chris Wondolowski get back to his scoring ways last week, I’d expect more of the same this week as he pushes for 20 goals on the year.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 3, Portland 1
D.C. United at Philadelphia Union: The Union can play spoiler here as their playoff hopes aren’t technically over but they are pretty much dead in the water. Look for another cagy match between these two rivals too. The last time we saw them go at it the game ended in a crazy moment that saw United players arguing with one another. D.C. needs points in a bad way and have to continue to prove to the rest of the league that they can get it done without Dwayne De Rosario. Chris Pontius did a good job of showing that last week and I think he’ll find a way to get it done again this week.
WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Philadelphia 1