2013 MLS Season, Week 4: Predictions

2013 MLS Season, Week 4: Predictions

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 22, 2013
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Vancouver hopes to end Houston's unbeaten mark at BBVA Compass Stadium this weekend. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Vancouver hopes to end Houston’s unbeaten mark at BBVA Compass Stadium this weekend. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

So yeah, there are eight games this weekend. Some have argued that you wouldn’t know it by looking at MLSSoccer.com but hey I get it, the US National Team game against Costa Rica is a tad bit more important. Let’s also not forget the crazy talk that has been going on all week after that article from the Sporting News.

Three teams are off this week (Toronto, Portland, and Philadelphia) but most are ravished with international call-ups, the worst being Real Salt Lake. I won’t beat that dead horse that is why MLS continues on during FIFA dates.

Let’s get down to some predictions here, shall we? I’d imagine most of these will go very wrong as I’m sure I’ve been pretty bad at picking winners this season (I know, I know, I should list my season total below…one day folks, one day).

Saturday

Columbus Crew at D.C. United – Jairo Arreita’s loss for Columbus in the attack will be a big one. Dominic Oduro is no replacement in my book for him up front in that spot. D.C. has a could guys out but that shouldn’t stop them in this home game. I have to think the goals will start coming for the Black-and-Red.

WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Columbus 1

Sporting KC at New England Revolution – This one could be interesting. New England appears to be a club that could be making some strides forward while Sporting KC is going to be missing some key guys all around the pitch. I’d imagine this one will be a tight affair either way as New England doesn’t possess the ball well enough to stay with the top teams. Still, the lack of Graham Zusi in this one makes me call it a draw.

WVH Prediction: New England 1, Sporting 1

New York Red Bulls at Montreal Impact – Too many big names out for the Red Bulls in this one. That is too bad considering how good of a game this could have been with the streaking Impact.

WVH Prediction: Montreal 2, New York 0

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas – Can Salt Lake finally get a win in the State of Texas (0-18-3 all time in Dallas and Houston)? Can someone other than Alvaro Saborio score? Big questions for Jason Kreis’ club. I think Dallas will have a let down after the win over Houston but only in the form of a draw.

WVH Prediction: FC Dallas 1, RSL 1

Vancouver Whitecaps at Houston Dynamo – This could be a tough break for the Dynamo at home. They’ve yet to lose a game at BBVA Compass Stadium but they’ll be without nearly all of their key offensive players against a solid Vancouver squad. Saying that though I still expect Houston to grind out a draw in this one. The defense should be good enough to correct their mistakes that they made last week in Dallas against a Vancouver attack that still needs to show me something.

WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Vancouver 1

Colorado Rapids at LA Galaxy – No DPs on the field for LA. Let that sink in for a moment. Bruce Arena will rely on Jack McBean, Mike Magee and Jose Villarreal to get the offense going. Scary though considering the age of two of those players. Still, I like LA in this game. The Rapids have shown some decent play at times but they lack the quality that LA has in the midfield and defense to stay with them for 90 minutes here.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, Colorado 1

Seattle Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes – Both teams are missing key players for this one. I’d imagine it will still be a gritty battle but I’m not banking on much else. San Jose does know how to come back late in games should Seattle go up early but I think this one will be about who can out last who. I tend to lean on clubs with better defenses in that case but in this instance I’m going with a draw.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Seattle 1

Sunday

Chivas USA at Chicago Fire – Chelis takes his Chivas side on the road for the first time (yes the Galaxy game was a road game but come on). Can Chivas continue their impressive form? Yes they have been impressive in the last two weeks.  Chicago has to show they can score here and this could be the game they finally do it.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Chivas 0

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