2013 MLS Season, Week 5: Predictions

2013 MLS Season, Week 5: Predictions

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 29, 2013
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  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 5, Features
Can SKC slow down Marco Di Vaio and the Impact? (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Can SKC slow down Marco Di Vaio and the Impact? (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The end of the week and the end of the month is here. I’m still a bit shocked at how fast this first month of the season has rolled by. We’ll soon be doing Player of the Month and all of that jazz early next week. Crazy.

But there is still one week left to talk about. Week 5. MLS rolls into another weekend, a holiday weekend at that. There are eight games tomorrow and that’s it for the week. Like I mentioned yesterday, Columbus, Chicago and D.C. United are all off this weekend.

Below are my picks for this weekend’s games. I’m sure most of these will go very wrong in the end but we’ll see. Feel free to leave your predictions below as well.

Saturday

LA Galaxy at Toronto FC – Landon Donovan is inching closer to a return but he won’t be in this one. Toronto is still improving but I don’t see them having enough to go toe-to-toe with the Galaxy for 90 minutes. LA still has guys like Mike Magee (oddly enough the league’s leading scorer at the moment) and a defense that should keep Robert Earnshaw at bay.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, Toronto 1

Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls – A rivalry game this weekend in some ways. Philly fans will tell you that New York is their true rival. New York is banged up here and there but at home they should be good enough to beat the Union. The thing is, this Union team has a way of hanging around in games like this. I smell a draw.

WVH Prediction: New York 1, Philadelphia 1

FC Dallas at New England Revolution – Dallas has one win all-time in New England. Not exactly a stat you want to see if you are a Dallas fans. Still the early start to the season has been good with three wins but that lone loss on the road was ugly. I think a fair result given how both teams are playing in a draw. New England hasn’t shown that they can score enough goals yet this season (they only have one in three games)

WVH Prediction: New England 1, Dallas 1

Portland Timbers at Colorado Rapids – No snow for this one, at least that what some are saying. Portland hopes to get Caleb Porter his first win as a MLS coach. Probably a good game to get it in too. Colorado is so banged up at the moment, not to mention defender Drew Moor is suspended. I like the Timbers chances provided that they don’t let in some silly goals early.

WVH Prediction: Portland 2, Colorado 1

San Jose Earthquakes at Houston Dynamo – The Dynamo just do not lose at home. The Earthquakes just do not give up. So something will have to give right? Yeah, with Brad Davis, Boniek Garcia and Jermaine Taylor back for the Dynamo, I see the Orange coming out on top in this one.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, San Jose 0

Montreal Impact at Sporting KC – In some ways this is the first real test of the season for the Impact. A road game at a conference rival. If Montreal makes the first breakthrough the streak will continue but I see Sporting KC getting the upper hand in this one thanks to Graham Zusi.

WVH Prediction: Sporting KC 1, Montreal 0

Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake – Boy this one could go either way but given how these two have played one another over the last two years, I am more inclined to take the road team in this one. Neither have shown that well so far this season so this is truly a toss up, or a draw for that matter.

WVH Prediction: RSL 1, Seattle 1

Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA – Don’t doubt Chelis and Chivas right now. Just sit back and watch what they are doing – however crazy it may be.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 3, Vancouver 1

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