2013 MLS Season, Week 12: Predictions

2013 MLS Season, Week 12: Predictions

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 17, 2013
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  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 12, Features
LA and NY highlight the weekend schedule.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

LA and NY highlight the weekend schedule. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Oh yes, it is Friday. Like I mentioned on this space yesterday, this week has really blown by quickly. The MLS weekend is here which means it is time for the usual Friday predictions post.

I have plenty of other things to get to today both here and on BigDSoccer.com, so forgive me for being a tad quick with the introduction to this post. I’m hoping to dive into some expansion talk at some point today on here so stay tuned.

Now, let’s get down to the picks that are certain to be very wrong by Sunday night.

Saturday

Columbus Crew at Toronto FC: Getting these new faces involved and working properly will be a task that Ryan Nelsen will have to deal with now. The Crew on the other hand looked very off in their 2-0 loss at home to Colorado last weekend. I keep waiting for them to turn the corner and be a contender this season but maybe it just isn’t in the cards for them in 2013.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Columbus 1

Portland Timbers at Vancouver Whitecaps: I want to be more excited by this game, I really do. Vancouver looked much better last weekend at home against LA in their 3-1 win over the Galaxy but something still feels off to me about them here. Portland on the other hand has made me a believer here this season. This one should still be exciting as it is a rivalry game, anything will be possible in it.

WVH Prediction: Vancouver 1, Portland 1

Chicago Fire at Philadelphia Union: The rematch of last weekend’s game.  Philly will want to overcome their midweek loss to the Galaxy and it should happen. The Fire just aren’t that good here this season.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, Chicago 0

New England Revolution at Houston Dynamo: The impressive unbeaten run is over for the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium but I think they’ll start a new run this weekend. New England just lacks the punch up front to compete with the Dynamo on the road.

WVH Prediction: Houston 2, New England 0

Colorado Rapids at San Jose Earthquakes: Few realize that the Rapids are actually unbeaten in their last three and have only one loss since the beginning of April. But injuries and suspensions will take a place in this one for both sides. I think this one comes down to defending. Colorado has it and San Jose doesn’t at the moment. But we know San Jose will be themselves at home, meaning they’ll go down early and find a late one to leave with a point.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Colorado 1

FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC: If Seattle gets on the board early in this one look out. Dallas has the players and skill to make this one interesting but injuries down the middle of Schellas Hyndman’s roster has made things tricky as of late for him. I still think in the end the Sounders will do enough to get three points even with Dallas’ impressive unbeaten streak at the moment.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, Dallas 1

Sunday

LA Galaxy at New York Red Bulls: The league scheduling makes little sense. A marquee game on the heels of a double in one week for the Galaxy. It is a shame they couldn’t get this one when both teams had the same amount of rest. Saying that, I like NY at home in this one.

WVH Prediction: New York 2, LA 1

Sporting KC at D.C. United: I said it yesterday, this is a game SKC should win but they likely will not. I dunno, it just screams trap as Ben Olsen’s club looks to get out of their current winless rut.

WVH Prediction: DCU 1, SKC 0

Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA: And organized club going against one that seems to have the wheels coming off screams trouble. As much as I want to see Chivas get things back on track here, their train wreck approach to this season is tough to look away from.

WVH Prediction: RSL 2, Chivas 0

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