2013 MLS Season, Week 9: Predictions

2013 MLS Season, Week 9: Predictions

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 26, 2013
  • 3 Comments
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 9, Features
Can New York get by Toronto this weekend? (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

Can New York get by Toronto this weekend? (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

We have finally hit the weekend. Like I mentioned yesterday, this week has dragged on for me here in Dallas, for whatever reason. But at least now we have the weekend to look forward to here.

There are tons of games this weekend, nine in MLS stretched across Saturday and Sunday. A good mix of the games are conference battles with a couple games seeing an inter-conference matchup take place. Should be a fun weekend to say the least in MLS.

So time to put some predictions down and see which ones go right and how many go terribly wrong this weekend.

Saturday

New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC: How TFC and the other Canadian sides handle this weekend will be key given how this is sandwiched between some important Canadian Championship games. Toronto looked good in the midweek against Montreal when they used mostly reserves on the field. But the bigger story in this one is the loss of Dax McCarty for New York. I think Toronto squeezes out some points here.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 3, New York 2

Chicago Fire at Montreal Impact: Which counter attack breaks through first will win this one. Given how Montreal rested some key players on Wednesday and lost in Toronto, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them go all out early, get a gold and then sit on it for the remainder of the game.

WVH Prediction: Montreal 1, Chicago 0

FC Dallas at Vancouver Whitecaps: We saw how good Dallas can really be last week when these two met. The Caps struggled to get a win in Edmonton on Wednesday with most of their key offensive players playing. The road is a tricky thing, even for a good team like Dallas but I think they still get a point out of this one. Vancouver is on bad form at the moment.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, Dallas 1

D.C. United at Columbus Crew: Ben Olsen wants his players to step it up, but talking about it is much easier than actually doing it. This could be a back and forth contest but I think the Crew have the offensive muscle to get the job done in this one.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, D.C. 1

Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution: The first game in Boston for the Revs after the Marathon bombings. I’m sure it will be an emotional day for some. The Revs really have to find their offense and this could be a game that they do it in, if they use the emotions to their advantage here. If not, I see Jack McInerney running all over them.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, New England 1

LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake: So Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane could be out for this one with injuries? Not to fear, the Galaxy still have a load of talent up front that can step up in this one. This may be the toughest game to decide all weekend but something tells me this one ends level.

WVH Prediction: RSL 1, LA 1

San Jose Earthquakes at Chivas USA: Two of the most physical teams square off. I don’t think the Goats have the right depth in place to handle some of their losses at the moment. It could be a good time to see Chris Wondolowski go off for a change this season.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 3, Chivas 1

Sunday

Colorado Rapids at Houston Dynamo: Does the Rapids even have a shot in this one? I wouldn’t put a ton of stock in the visitors here. This should be a fairly simple one for the Dynamo to pull out and extend their home undefeated streak.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Colorado 0

  • Regarding your Wondo comment… you still have him as your fantasy team? (me too if so…)

    • Nope, haven’t had him for a couple weeks now.

      • I should probably dump him too, grab Espindola…