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MLS Week 8 – PREVIEW, PICKS and PREDICTIONS

In my opinion Peter Nowak Union coach will enjoy his team victory. PHOTO Brad Smith / isiphoto.com
In my opinion Peter Nowak Union coach will enjoy his team victory. PHOTO Brad Smith / isiphoto.com

 

This Saturday except Colorado Rapids at D.C. United and Earthquakes at Revolution, I think home teams will dominate again.

 

Philadelphia Union – FC Dallas at 4 p.m. (TeleFutura)

After replacing Argentinean goalkeeper Dario Sala, Kevin Hartman recorded consecutive shutouts after taking over as FC Dallas goalkeeper last week. Hartman now has 86 career shutouts and 148 victories – both all-time MLS records. I doubt that he is going to have clean sheet after visit in Philadelphia.

I just can’t believe that Philadelphia may not win this game, they will. Union despite their results they played OK and this will be their only second home game this year.

„We’re playing well and the only thing we need to do now is to win.” — The Union’s Fred said.

Union lack of discipline seems to get better, and home crowd will lift them up, I am expecting their win.

INJURY REPORT

PHILADELPHIA UNION — OUT: DF Toni Stahl (L knee strain); PROBABLE: DF Cristian Arrieta (neck strain)

FC DALLAS — QUESTIONABLE: DF Kyle Davies (R arm fracture)

CHRIS PICK: 1 UNION at rate 2.62

New England Revolution – San Jose Earthquakes at 6 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

The Revolution traveled to Columbus with just 16 healthy players,  and on Wednesday they have lost 0-3 in a U.S. Open Cup match to New York Red Bulls. Same Red Bulls that got destroyed by Earthquakes last Saturday 4-0. Bobby Convey is playing very well now, ChrisWondolowski keep scoring and Earthquakes defense is getting consistent. Chris Wondolowski and Ike Opara scored second-half goals to give San Jose a 2-1 win over New England April 17 at Buck Shaw Stadium. This time at Foxboro only miracle can save Revolution, otherwise Earthquakes should be able to get there 3 points or at least one.

INJURY REPORT

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION — OUT: DF Darrius Barnes (R midfoot sprain); DF Emmanuel Osei (R leg infection); GK Matt Reis (L shoulder/L knee surgeries); FW Taylor Twellman (concussion); MF Mike Videira (L ankle os trigonum); DOUBTFUL: FW Edgaras Jankauskas (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: DF Kevin Alston (R hamstring strain); DF Cory Gibbs (R quadriceps strain)

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES — DOUBTFUL: FW Eduardo (R oblique strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Steven Beitashour (R hamstring strain); MF Arturo Alvarez (L hamstring strain); DF Ike Opara (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: MF Joey Gjertsen (L quad strain) 

CHRIS PICK: X2 Earthquakes at rate 1.90

New York Red Bulls – Seattle Sounders FC at 7:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

Both teams are coming off 0-4 defeats. On April 3 at Qwest Field, the Red Bulls claimed the first encounter with Seattle, making a first-half goal from Macoumba Kandji stand up for their first road win in two seasons. After the worst home loss in Sounders FC history – the club announced all season ticket holders will receive a refund on their tickets from the match as a credit toward next year’s renewal. “That wasn’t Sounders soccer and it was quite frankly embarrassing, humiliating and the fans don’t deserve that,” said Sounders FC owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer.

“We have to bounce back after a rough one at San Jose.” — said New York defender Chris Albright. Think Red Bulls will take care of business with sure win.

INJURY REPORT

NEW YORK RED BULLS — OUT: MF Giorgi Chirgadze (hip surgery); DF Kevin Goldthwaite (adductor surgery recovery); FW Macoumba Kandji (R foot broken fifth metatarsal); MF Austin da Luz (R knee MCL strain) 

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC — OUT: FW Nate Jaqua (lower abdominal fascial tear); MF Michael Fucito (R knee contusion); MF Osvaldo Alonso (R quadriceps strain); QUESTIONABLE: FW Miguel Montano (groin strain); PROBABLE: FW Pat Noonan (R hamstring strain) 

CHRIS PICK: 1 Red Bulls at rate 2.05

Columbus Crew – Chivas USA at 7:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

In the past four years, the home team has not lost in this series. In that span, Chivas is 4-0-0 against Columbus at The Home Depot Center; the Crew are 2-0-2 against Chivas in Columbus. Coming off a successful two-game Eastern swing, Chivas USA fell flat on Saturday, against Houston which as RSL showed on Thursday can be easy run. The Crew are undefeated this season and is really hard to believe that Saturday game will change their run, they simply better team than Chivas USA. Crew winning series will be extend.

INJURY REPORT

COLUMBUS CREW — OUT: MF Kevin Burns (athletic pubalgia)

CHIVAS USA — OUT: DF Ante Jazic (R knee sprain), GK Dan Kennedy (L hip strain); DOUBTFUL: DF Yamith Cuesta (oral surgery); FW Maykel Galindo (L ankle sprain)

CHRIS PICK: 1 Crew at rate 1.72

D.C. United – Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)

United have won seven of the 11 meetings since, with four draws.Colorado hasn’t won at RFK Stadium since July 10, 1999. Almost 11 years but in those 11 years United has never been that weak as they are this year and Rapids never been playing that good. United finally won their first game with Wizards and despite their loss played good game against FC Dallas, where they looked good. Rapids on the other hand thanks to coach Gary Smith work have probably one of their best teams they ever had and super motivated Conor Casey.

“We have a good thing going with the Rapids I’m just trying to move on.”—  said Rapids star striker Conor Casey feels the sting of being excluded from the U.S. national team’s 30-man preliminary World Cup roster this week despite playing an important role in the qualifying rounds. Casey seen his main competitor Brian Ching still not 100 % on Thursday and may still want to prove that he can score and he is in form. What would be the better way than scoring against shaky D.C. United defense?  Just to be safe I will support Rapids win with a draw.

INJURY REPORT

D.C. UNITED — OUT: DF Marc Burch (R foot surgery); DF Dejan Jakovic (R clavicle); DF Bryan Namoff (post-concussion symptoms); FW Chris Pontius (R hamstring); MF Santino Quaranta (staph infection); GK Andrew Quinn (R knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: DF Jordan Graye (R hamstring); MF Andy Najar (R ankle)

COLORADO RAPIDS — OUT: DF Kosuke Kimura (L ankle stress fracture); MF Ciaran O’Brien (L hip sprain); FW Ross Schunk (R ACL tear); DOUBTFUL: DF Scott Palguta (L calf strain); MF Jamie Smith (R hamstring strain)

CHRIS PICK: X2 Rapids at rate 1.875

Kansas City Wizards – Chicago Fire at 8:30 p.m. (FSC / FSE)

When the Fire won 2-0 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark last Aug. 16, it was their first win in Kansas City since Oct. 1, 2005m but is hard to believe that in their current form they are able to get result on the road.

For the first time in three games, Fire coach Carlos de los Cobos went back to a two-striker scheme in Toronto, starting Brian McBride and Collins John together. But Chicago saw its three-game unbeaten run come to an end. I have feeling that coach de los Cobos will be even more confuse after his team visit Kansas City. The Wizards are riding a four-game winless streak following two wins to open the season, and sure they will try to get home win and recover from embarrassing lost to United.

“We’re almost at that tipping point as to when it’s going to start coming together.” — Kansas City manager Peter Vermes. I am little worry about word „almost” but I am picking Wizards to win.

INJURY REPORT

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS — OUT: MF Zoltan Hercegfalvi (R knee sprain/torn ACL); MF Stephane Auvray (R knee strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Davy Arnaud (L knee sprain)

CHICAGO FIRE — OUT: FW Calen Carr (R quad strain); MF John Thorrington (L quad strain); DF Tim Ward (L calf strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Steven Kinney (L hamstring strain)

CHRIS PICK: 1 Wizards at rate 2.30

Los Angeles Galaxy – Toronto FC – 10:30 p.m. (MLS Direct)

This game is getting lots of media attention, because after that match Galaxy stars Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle leaving for US national team camp getting ready for the World Cup.

The Galaxy last lost on Sept. 26, 2009 – a 2-0 defeat in Columbus, Toronto FC is awful on the road, so what has to happen to change this trend in California? Miracle. Bruce Arena built Galacticos and his counterpart TFC coach Preki is still in process.  Galaxy my sure favorite of this game and they not going to disappoint.

INJURY REPORT

LOS ANGELES GALAXY — QUESTIONABLE: DF A.J. DeLaGarza (back spasms); DF Sean Franklin (L ankle sprain); MF Dema Kovalenko (R hamstring strain); DF Leonardo (R quad strain); MF Eddie Lewis (L foot contusion) 

TORONTO FC — OUT: DF Emmanuel Gomez (R knee osteochondral injury); DF Ty Harden (R leg laceration); DOUBTFUL: FW O’Brian White (L ankle sprain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Dan Gargan (R ankle sprain)

CHRIS PICK: 1 Galaxy at rate 1.5

CHRIS PICKS: last Thursday 10

CHRIS PICKS: last week 61

CHRIS PICKS: this season 3423 = accuracy  59.6 %

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