2013 MLS Season, Week 8: Predictions

2013 MLS Season, Week 8: Predictions

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 19, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 8, Features


LA and KC battle highlights a busy weekend in MLS. (John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE)

LA and KC battle highlights a busy weekend in MLS. (John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE)

Crazy week in the world huh? It seems kind of hard to think about soccer with all the events that have gone on in the country this week but it is time to move forward. Boston is moving forward. West, Texas will move forward. So shall we here as MLS rolls into the weekend portion of Week 8.

A total of nine games this weekend with most on Saturday.

It’s time to get down to some predictions that are sure to go very wrong.


Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC: I said yesterday that this could be a trap game for Houston. They got their record at home last week. Something about this game screams trap to me. Toronto has been good enough in recent weeks and can be very dangerous in the attack. Also, don’t sleep on this game being over until it is over. Toronto gives up goals late while Houston knows how to score them late.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 2, Houston 1

Seattle Sounders FC at Colorado Rapids: The Sounders have owned the Rapids in recent years but right now things just aren’t going their way. Colorado has been better in recent weeks, knocking off RSL and Chivas. Until Seattle shows up in a game it is tough to peg them as winners. I’m taking the Rapids here.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Seattle 0

New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls: Could be a very emotional game for the Revs given the news of this week. The Red Bulls looked pretty terrible on Wednesday at home against Sporting KC and I think some of that play will bleed over into the weekend. New England steps up and wins one for their city.

WVH Prediction: New England 1, New York 0

Columbus Crew at Chicago Fire: Could be the top game of the weekend. Chicago has struggled early on this season but I do think they’re getting better here. Columbus continues to look like a team that is just almost there in terms of being a big contender this season. I think the skill up front by the Crew is the difference in this one as they take some points back home to Ohio.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Chicago 1

Vancouver Whitecaps at FC Dallas: Can Dallas continue their form that they have started the season on? I’m still under the impression that they haven’t played their best game yet this season even though they sit a top the league standings. Vancouver is a tricky team here to figure out with a 2-2-2 record. They have the skill in the midfield to give Dallas some issues but the Caps haven’t been a great road team in MLS so I’m taking Dallas in this one.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 1, Vancouver 0

Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake: Another interesting game that no one seems to be really talking about. The 2005 expansion mates square off for the first time this season. RSL has certainly struggled as of late while Chivas has been very interesting to watch so far this season. This one screams draw to me as neither are on that great of form after last week. Injuries are a part of that as well.

WVH Prediction: RSL 1, Chivas 1

Sporting KC at LA Galaxy: Easily the game to watch this weekend. Sporting KC has been very impressive over the last couple of weeks, defensively stout and dominant on the ball. LA struggled at times last week against Dallas but will have the benefit of getting SKC off a cross country trip from NY. Should be entertaining either way but I think this one ends level.

WVH Prediction: LA 1, SKC 1


Philadelphia Union at D.C. United: The lone kind of rivalry game this weekend. United have been struggling pretty badly so far this season on both sides of the ball. The Union have been good enough here but I think we could see them struggle on the road in this one.

WVH Prediction: D.C. 1, Philadelphia 1

Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes: The return match of the game between these sides from last week. Portland has looked much improved over the last two weeks but taking that momentum on the road is a big step forward for this group. Can they get results away from home is the big key. Going against a strong side that is getting healthy like San Jose is going to be tough. I like the Quakes at home in this one as some key guys like Marvin Chavez could be retuning to the lineup.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, Portland 1