Time to roll into the weekend. I must admit, this week has gone by rather quickly due to the midweek games. No complaints here that it is already Friday.
MLS has a full schedule this weekend with nine games across two days. Plenty of good soccer to watch this weekend with some games being a tad more interesting than others. If anything we should see a little more open play this weekend with some clubs being a little more tired than others due to the double duty.
It is time once again to pick some winners and losers. I’m sure I’ll get some of these right as my Wednesday selections were so-so, I picked too many damn draws. Oh well. Feel free to leave your score predictions below as well.
Philadelphia at Chicago: Both teams will be missing some key players (Jeff Larentowicz for Chicago, Sheanon Williams for Philadelphia) and each certainly need the points in this one. I’d imagine this one will be pretty close to the gun as neither team have truly shown enough so far this season.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Philadelphia 1
Real Salt Lake at Montreal Impact: Montreal may have not been lucky to leave New York with a point thanks to Marco Di Vaio but I like their chances at home against a Salt Lake team that has been on the road all week. I do give credit to Jason Kreis and his club for winning in New England on Wednesday but going to Montreal is a whole different story. I like the Impact at home in this one.
WVH Prediction: Montreal 3, RSL 1
San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders: San Jose did very well against Seattle last year but I think the whole Goonie magic won’t last in this trip to the Emerald City. Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon do return for San Jose but the momentum that Seattle is on at the moment cannot be overlooked. They are unbeaten in their last four and I see Sigi Schmid’s club being determined to grind out a result in this one.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, San Jose 1
LA Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps: Vancouver has a big Canadian Cup battle with Montreal looming next week so what will Martin Rennie do for this one? I wouldn’t be shocked if he puts out a mixed lineup to go all in next week. LA should be good enough to get three points on the road here.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, Vancouver 0
New York Red Bulls at New England Revolution: How much will Thierry Henry play? And will it even matter against the Revs and their listless attack? Tim Cahill has been stellar lately and that will allow Mike Petke to rest Henry if he wants to (you know he will since this one is going to be on turf). Big question will be how Juan Agudelo does if his possible debut with the Revs against his old club.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, New England 0
Colorado Rapids at Columbus Crew: This is a game that the Crew have to win if they want to stay with the big boys in their conference. Getting a banged up team at home is a recipe for three points.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, Colorado 0
D.C. United at FC Dallas: The best meets the worst to end Saturday evening. I think we could see Dallas struggle in this game if they don’t come out firing like they usually do on offense. At some point D.C. United will figure it out but being on the road against a team that hasn’t lost at home since last summer isn’t the place to do it.
WVH Prediction: FC Dallas 2, D.C. United 0
Chivas USA at Portland Timbers: Portland probably deserved better in their trip to Texas on Wednesday which is more than a reason enough to see them spank Chivas around for 90 minutes. Don’t forget that keeper Dan Kennedy is suspended for this one. That is not a good sign for the Goats.
WVH Prediction: Portland 3, Chivas 0
Sporting Kansas City at Houston Dynamo: Who battles the fatigue better will probably prevail in this one. I see Sporting pressing for points in this one only to come up short in the end. Houston will do just enough at home to keep their winning streak alive there.
WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Sporting KC 0