- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 26, 2012
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- 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 34, Features
Our final week of the season is here. I still find it hard to believe that we’ve blown through 33 games for nearly every club already.
This season finale will give us a couple of things, seeding for the rest of the Eastern Conference after Sporting KC, seeding between Seattle and RSL in the West and finally – if not most importantly – if Chris Wondolowski can break the league’s all-time scoring record in a single season.
There are plenty of games to predict as usual, so let’s get down to some predictions that will likely go horribly wrong once again.
New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union – A big one for the Red Bulls as they hope to avoid the extra knockout round game. New York just needs to come out with a bunch of energy and go at it hard against the Union. Philadelphia likely wasted a ton of energy Wednesday night in their loss at Sporting KC. I think Philly will give the Red Bulls a game though in this one. The Red Bulls need a win to avoid that knockout round as a draw won’t be good enough, and Philly will push them there. Expect a wild one in this too.
WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 1, New York 1
New England Revolution at Montreal Impact – It has been an impressive expansion season for the Impact. They didn’t reach the playoffs but they certainly exceeded expectations by a mile or two. They host a struggling New England side to cap off the season and to be honest, no one has looked good at Saputo Stadium this year, the Revs won’t be a special case either. Montreal will head into the winter months with a ton of momentum for 2013.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 2, New England 0
D.C. United at Chicago Fire – A playoff preview right here, even with all the matches this weekend, I still see this as a semifinal match up in the playoffs come next week. United need a draw to get home field advantage in this one and the Fire know it. Seeing how the New York game will be well over by the time this one kicks off, one has to wonder how conservative both sides will be for this one (NY is the only side that can catch either team in the standings). Should the Red Bulls win both will go all in, but a draw or loss for New York will likely make this one rather dull. My gut tells me it will be a draw either way.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, D.C. 1
San Jose Earthquakes at Portland Timbers – I totally expect 90-plus minutes of San Jose feeding Wondolowski the ball at every available chance to get him scoring opportunities. Portland knows that but I honestly think they won’t care too much as they’ll want to finish this season as quickly as possible too. San Jose should win this one regardless of what Wondo does anyways.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 3, Portland 1
Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids – The kick off time benefits Houston here. If they can get a home field advantage based on a New York loss or draw, you can bet Dominic Kinnear will go all out for it. But if the fifth seed is as good as it will get for them, I’d imagine he’ll conserve some players for next week’s knockout round. Saying that, the Dynamo should get points here either way.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Houston 1
Vancouver Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake – You can bet on a conservative side from Martin Rennie in this one. They know where things stand as they have a date with LA on Thursday coming up. No need to get anyone hurt in a road game at Salt Lake.
WVH Prediction: RSL 3, Vancouver 0
Toronto FC at Columbus Crew – A rivalry game to close the season in Columbus. I don’t expect a ton from Toronto who just got eliminated from the CCL this past week in Mexico. Columbus should control this game from the start and go into the off season with some hope for 2013.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Toronto 0
Chivas USA at FC Dallas – Another game that has little meaning expect for 2013. Chivas hasn’t won since July and has only scored two goals in their last nine matches. Dallas will be looking towards 2013 in this one and a home win will be a nice way to cap a frustrating season.
WVH Prediction: Dallas 3, Chivas 0
Seattle Sounders at LA Galaxy – Both had CCL games this week and LA will have a Thursday game next week in the knockout round. Seattle will know by kickoff what Salt Lake has or hasn’t done so that will determine how much Sigi Schmid cares about this one. I still think Seattle will get three points on this one as LA will be resting more than their fair share of players for this one.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, LA 1