- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 21, 2012
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- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 29, Features
This week has already gotten off to a fun start. Last night D.C. United moved ahead to forth place in the Eastern Conference with a win over rivals Philadelphia. But that race in the East is far from over folks as we head into the busy weekend.
The weekend schedule has plenty to offer for the playoff race and I’m sure my predictions below will surely go way wrong by the end of it all.
Sporting Kansas City at Montreal Impact: Sporting has been one of the few teams to leave MLS’s newest city with points this season. Earlier this summer KC left Montreal with a 3-1 win. Can magic happen twice? Doubtful considering Montreal’s little playoff hopes left. The Impact know they have to get three points in this one or else they are toast. KC got the big win in the midweek in New York but expect some backwards motion in this one out of Sporting.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 2, SKC 1
New York Red Bulls at New England Revolution: Playing in New England has never been too kind to the Red Bulls. New York hasn’t won a regular season game in New England since 2002. Given the dire state of things after Wednesday’s first home loss of the season, Hans Backe’s club has to win this one against a team that has nothing to play for but being the spoiler of a rival.
WVH Prediction: New England 1, New York 1
Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake: RSL’s main scorer, Alvaro Saborio is going to be out for the final few games with a shoulder injury. How can RSL cope without their leading scorer? I think they’ll manage in this one against a Timbers’ team that has a leaky back four. But if RSL doesn’t manage three points you can count on them being the forth place team out West this season.
WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Portland 0
Columbus Crew at Chicago Fire: This is the one I was most excited by in my post yesterday. I still feel that way today. Chicago is in the drivers’ seat in the East right now given New York’s loss on Wednesday and SKC’s potentially tough match in Montreal. Columbus won’t be a push over as they know this is a three points or bust mission. But Columbus does have a favorable draw after this with three home games and one roadie to D.C. left to deal with. They can get away with just a point too.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Columbus 1
Toronto FC at LA Galaxy: Toronto never does well on the west coast so why would they start now? LA may have had the midweek game in Puerto Rico but you can expect them to do just enough to win this one and keep the pressure on Seattle and San Jose.
WVH Prediction: LA 3, Toronto 1
San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders FC: The game of the week for most folks. San Jose has won the two previous meeting this season and now that Chris Wondolowski has broken his mini-draught one has to count on the Quakes to be very tough in this one. No Eddie Johnson hurts Seattle but the home crowd will always go a long way. San Jose’s surprising draw at home on Wednesday will probably wake up the Quakes enough to get a point in this one.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, San Jose 2
Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union: The Union couldn’t knock off United last night and they’ll struggle against a better Houston team on Sunday.
WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Philadelphia 0
Chivas USA at D.C. United: Somehow the Goats had a two-game East coast trip this week in the latter part of the season. Not like it will matter as they still have no one to score goals these days. Chivas will lack Shalrie Joseph, James Riley and Oswaldo Minda. You have to think there is no way United drops points in a game that could be very one-sided.
WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Chivas 0
Colorado Rapids at Vancouver Whitecaps: This one could be one of the bigger games of the weekend. Vancouver holds the keys to the Western Conference playoff race for the fifth and final spot. Dallas is one point behind and the Caps have this game in hand over them. Vancouver hasn’t won since July and will finally be back home for a good stretch of games. Vancouver just needs a confidence booster and some goals scored here. They should get it against the Rapids.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Colorado 1