- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 25, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 35, Features
It all comes down to one final weekend in Major League Soccer. Four playoff spots up for grabs and the all important Supporters’ Shield is still in play for four clubs, and the Golden Boot race will be decided as well. A lot is riding on this weekend to say the very least.
1. Ain’t over until its over. The impressive thing about this weekend is, we won’t know everything about the playoffs and the Shield race until the final game. MLS has had an impress season to say the least this year and the fact that there is still so much in play on the final week of the season speaks to the parity that is set up along with many other factors.
The Shield race won’t be decided until late Sunday evening when the New York Red Bulls host the Chicago Fire. A ton is riding on that game for both teams as the Fire are just looking to get into the playoffs while the Red Bulls are hoping to earn their first trophy, ever. Yes, ever. But Sporting KC and the Portland Timbers could put some big pressure on New York before that game even kicks off with wins of their own. Salt Lake managed to get things going on Wednesday night with a win over Chivas. Should all three clubs in play lose this weekend the Shield will be Salt Lakes. Not bad for a rebuilding year.
2. Golden Boot race. For Camilo, Mike Magee and Marco Di Vaio, the race for the league’s top scorer in 2013 comes down to the final weekend as well. My money has still been on Magee but we can’t sleep on the other two guys as well. Camilo is home against a Colorado team that is pushing for a playoff spot and Di Vaio has a meeting with Toronto.
Sporting KC at Philadelphia Union: Big game for both sides, the Union desperately need three points to advance into the playoffs while SKC is looking for a first round home field advantage, and possibly the Supporters’ Shield. The Union haven’t looked great in recent weeks while SKC is humming along here at the right time.
WVH Prediction: SKC 2, Union 1
Montreal Impact at Toronto FC: I honestly see this as a dangerous match for the Impact. Toronto would love to play the spoiler here and ruin the Impact’s chances here at a post season. Not to mention Di Vaio’s Golden Boot chances. Rivalry matches to end the season are also dangerous to deal with and I think it will work in the Reds favor but only in a draw.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Montreal 1
FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes: Big mountain to overcome for San Jose to get into the playoffs. They need 13 goals plus a Colorado loss to make it. Who knows what Dallas will bring to the table in this one though as they end Schellas Hyndman’s tenure as manager there. I see this one as a draw.
WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Dallas 1
Portland Timbers at Chivas USA: Here is where the weekend really kicks off. Portland will put pressure on New York for the Shield but don’t sleep on the Goats causing issues late in the match.
WVH Prediction: Portland 2, Chivas 1
Houston Dynamo at D.C. United: Will United win a game and actually look decent going into the offseason? Or will it just be another ho-hum effort from the Black-and-Red? I see the Dynamo doing enough to get buy in this one though. Dominic Kinnear will get his team ready for a post season run.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, D.C. 0
New England Revolution at Columbus Crew: A rematch of last weekend’s wild match in New England. The Revs still have a shot here at a post season run. I think the Crew will spoil it though with this home finale. Too many players there playing for 2014 and for their jobs not to get it done.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, New England 1
Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls: New York will know what they need to do by the time this one kicks off. I see Magee bagging his Golden Boot winning goal in this one but the Red Bulls will do enough to come out on top.
WVH Prediction: New York 3, Chicago 1
Colorado Rapids at Vancouver Whitecaps: Oscar Pareja’s bunch just needs a draw to get in. Vancouver is already eliminated but I do think they’ll end the season on a high note with at least one Camilo goal.
WVH Prediction: Vancouver 2, Colorado 1
LA Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC: Nice game for the league to end their regular season on. Seattle really needs some positive momentum going into the post season. LA on the other hand will be looking for a better seed for the playoffs out of this one. A draw feels like a likely outcome here.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, LA 2