2012 MLS, Week 33: Predictions

2012 MLS, Week 33: Predictions

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 19, 2012
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  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 33, Features

Vancouver hopes to become the first Canadian side to reach the playoffs. (Getty Images)

The final weeks of the season are coming up quickly. I feel like March just started with the season kicking off. Where has the time gone?

Anyways, the weekend is here which means it is time once again for some predictions that are sure to go very wrong. We have plenty of big games this weekend, including a pair on Sunday that will determine the Western Conference playoff race.

Without wasting anymore time, below are my predictions for the weekend games.

Saturday

Montreal Impact at Toronto FC: The Reds owners gave a nice gesture to their fans this week by lowering season ticket prices back to 2007 prices for next year. Nice gesture but it won’t impact this game at all. Montreal looks to close out their expansion season with a positive result on the road against a rival. Are these two sides rivals? It doesn’t feel that way just yet. Maybe this game will change it. Either way it feels like it will end level.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Montreal 1

Sporting Kansas City at New York Red Bulls: Can New York figure out how to get a result during all of this mess that is going on with this club? Seriously, they’ve been a train wreck for the last month. SKC was the first to get three points at Red Bull Arena and they’ll be looking to continue their impressive form (unbeaten since late July) for this one.

WVH Prediction: Sporting KC 2, New York 1

Columbus Crew at D.C. United: The Crew still have a lot to play for but they need results, in fact they need three points. D.C. is expecting a big crowd for this one too as United look to reach the post season for the first time in five years. I think they get their playoff ticket punched this weekend.

WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Columbus 1

Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo: The Dynamo can also clinch this weekend but they’ll need some strong play up front to do so. They need to start working on building momentum towards the playoffs here if they want any hope of reaching the MLS Cup for a second straight season.

WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Philadelphia 0

Chicago Fire at New England Revolution: Jerry Bengston looked great with Honduras against Canada but he hasn’t been able to replicate that as much in MLS since his arrival back in the summer. New England is all over the place with guys who should be better than they are and the Fire will capitalize on it all. Chris Rolfe typically comes up big against the Revs so look out for that as well.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 3, New England 1

Colorado Rapids at Chivas USA: The Rapids are shutting down some key veterans for this game and likely their last game next week. So this new should certainly help the lowly Goats that haven’t won a game since July. Right? We’ll see but they did at least get a draw in their last game against Dallas. Progress.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, Colorado 0

Sunday

LA Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes: A big, big day for the Quakes. Breaking ground on a new stadium, possibly winning a Supporters’ Shield trophy and most of all all of that coming at the hands of their biggest rival. LA will do their best to rain on the parade but I expect a big day out of San Jose. Look for Chris Wondolowski to also have a big day as he zeros in on Roy Lassiters’ record.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, LA 1

Portland Timbers at Vancouver Whitecaps: This one is a biggie. It will determine if the fifth and final playoff spot gets locked up this weekend or if it goes into the final week of the season. Vancouver just needs a result and a Dallas loss later in the evening to get into the playoffs. But Portland will be gunning for a result here as well as they hope to lock up the Cascadia Cup. It will be a wild ride in this rivalry game but I’d expect the home team to come out on top.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Portland 1

FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC: Dallas will know what they need to do as this game starts. Even if there is still hope Dallas will be missing too many key players in this one to get anything positive. Seattle looks like the stronger side as they still have hope in getting the second seed out west and locking up some home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Dallas 0

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