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MLS Weekend 27 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Sounders hosting D.C. United pretend to be game of the weekend. Chris Pontius and Freddy Montero will face each other in Seattle. PHOTO Jose L. Argueta

Sounders hosting D.C. United pretend to be game of the weekend. Chris Pontius and Freddy Montero will face each other in Seattle. PHOTO Jose L. Argueta

Sounders vs D.C. United seem to be highlight of the MLS Weekend, but plenty of action should be also on all other venues.

Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire are my heavy favorites this Saturday and we also should see at least 3 goals in Houston.

I ended 4-4 MLS weekend 27 of my predictions. My record in 2011 MLS season 134124 (accuracy 51.94 %).

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My quick Preview, Picks and Prediction for midweek  and for weekend matches usually published here about 16-24 hours before the game.

Saturday, September 17

Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids 2-1

Toronto’s 4-2 victory on Saturday was the first in club history against Columbus and the first league road victory of the season for the Reds, leaving just Houston and Vancouver still searching for a road win in 2011. Three teams in MLS history have gone through a season without winning on the road.

TFC Designated Player Julian de Guzman scored for the second time in five and recorded a goal and an assist in the same game for the first time in his MLS career in Columbus.

The Rapids have been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since going three games without scoring, in losses to FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC from April 8-22.

The teams played to a scoreless draw in their first meeting this season, May 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Shall we expect some goals in Toronto this Saturday? I would say yes, but not many.

CHRIS’S PICK UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Chicago Fire vs. Chivas USA 3-2

Despite going scoreless in the past 274 minutes of league play, Chivas USA is just three points out of a playoff spot in the wild card race.

The Fire look to return to their recent run of good form after a loss in San Jose ended a three-game winning streak in all competitions.

The Fire host Chivas de Guadalajara in a friendly at Toyota Park on Wednesday.

In the first meeting this season, a goal from Chivas USA’s Nick LaBrocca seconds into the second half canceled out a first-half Dominic Oduro as the teams reached a 1-1 draw, July 2 at The Home Depot Center.

Fire should be able to beat Chivas at home.

CHRIS’S PICK 1 Fire WIN

 

Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew 1-0

Making his second professional start – and days after seeing the New England Revolution beat him for four first-half goals – Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath recorded his first shutout in the draw with Portland.

The visit to PPL Park starts a run of four games out of the final six on the road for the Crew.

The teams met less than a month ago for the first time this season, goals from Emilio Rentería and Andrés Mendoza bracketing a Veljko Paunovic goal as the Crew took a 2-1 win, Aug. 20 in Columbus.

Union have now gone eight games without a win after the 0-0 draw with Portland at home, their last win coming July 17 vs. New England. The Crew will play in Philadelphia without few crucial players Eddie Gaven (injury), Emmanuel Ekpo (suspension), and key defender Chad Marshall (injury).

 Union are clear favorites and if they will not win on Saturday they pretty much can forget about playoffs.

CHRIS’S PICK 1 Union to WIN

 

FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls 0-1

The Red Bulls played to a third consecutive draw in the 1-1 tie with Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Red Bull Arena, their winless streak now at eight games. The Red Bulls were last victorious July 6, the 5-0 defeat of Toronto FC.

Juan Agudelo scored for the fourth time in the last nine games – all since returning from CONCACAF Gold Cup with the U.S. national team – his raising his season total to six goals vs. Vancouver.

Before the crucial weekend clash against New York, FC Dallas will play their third CONCACAF Champions League group match. In four games in the competition this year – including two games in the preliminary round – FCD has yet to concede a goal.

In the first meeting this year, a late Thierry Henry goal overcame a Marvín Chavez brace as the teams played to a 2-2 draw July 23 at Red Bull Arena.

I have feeling that after this game Red Bulls fans will stop talking about 2011 MLS Playoffs.

CHRIS’S PICK 1 FC Dallas to WIN

 

Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes 2-1

The Earthquakes won for the first time since June 4, a 4-2 victory at D.C. United, snapping their club record 13-game winless streak in the victory against the Chicago Fire last weekend.

Chris Wondolowski scored for a second consecutive week and raised his season total to 10 goals, two more than he had with six weeks left in the 2010 season when he went on a 10-goal binge.

Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis made the 250th appearance of his MLS career in the loss at KC, becoming the third-youngest player in league history to reach that mark, following Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan. Davis is the 35th player in MLS history to play in 250 regular season games.

The teams renewed their rivalry on June 4 of this season in the first meeting, Steven Lenhart and Simon Dawkins scoring in the second half to lead the Quakes to a 2-0 victory June 4 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Earthquakes will play without their key defender Jason Hernandez and that absence should make game high scoring. Not necessary we will see one direction game, but we should see some goals.

CHRIS’S PICK OVER 2.5 goals

 

Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City 1-0

It will be the first road game for Sporting since July 16, when they tied Houston 1-1 at Robertson Stadium. They went 5-2-2 on their MLS-record nine-game homestand, moving from  tied for fifth to tied for first in the Eastern Conference.

KC’s Teal Bunbury scored three goals in the first three games of the season – then went more than three months without a league goal. He now has four goals in the last eight games after his second two-goal game of the season last weekend in the 3-0 win vs. Houston.

After losing back-to-back games twice in a five-game span, Real Salt Lake have now won three games in a row, their longest league winning streak since winning the first four games of the 2011 MLS season.

In the first meeting this season, Aug. 3 at Livestrong Sporting Park, Roger Espinoza and Bunbury scored five minutes apart in the first half to lead SKC to a 2-0 victory.

RSL should be ready for revenge but also we should see some goals in that one.

CHRIS’S PICK OVER 2.5 goals

 

Seattle Sounders FC vs. D.C. United 3-0

D.C. United’s Charlie Davies moved into third place in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his hat trick in the 3-0 win against Chivas USA, his first goals since June 25.

Seconds after setting up the third Davies goal with his third assist of the game, United’s Chris Pontius suffered a leg injury that might put him out for the rest of the season. Pontius has seven goals and five assists.

Last Saturday Sounders FC lost for the first time in league play since May 25, putting an end to their four-game league unbeaten streak (eight games in all competitions).

In the first meeting this year, goal from Josh Wolff and Charlie Davies on either side of halftime sent United on their way to a 2-1 victory, May 4 at RFK Stadium.

This could be the best game of the weekend, Sounders home advantage gives them some edge, but United are good and also want to get some points.

For some reason I don’t see many goals in Seattle on Saturday.

 CHRIS’S PICK UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-0

Landon Donovan scored his 12th goal of the season to lead the LA Galaxy into the MLS Cup Playoffs with their 1-0 win against Colorado on Friday, pulling into a tie atop the MLS Golden Boot standings with New York’s Thierry Henry..
Whitecaps FC striker Davide Chiumiento scored his first goal since May 11 in impressive fashion, a full volley on the turn in the 1-1 draw at the New York Red Bulls last weekend.
When the clubs met for the first time, the Galaxy rolled to a 4-0 victory, July 30 at Empire Field, as Landon Donovan scored two goals and set up another and Sean Franklin added a goal and an assist.
The LA Galaxy are the only MLS team still unbeaten at home this season (9-0-5); Vancouver is 0-10-5 on the road.
Regardless of some injuries and lineup rotations, I will not pick against Galaxy at home.
CHRIS’S PICK 1 Galaxy to WIN 

Friday, September 16

Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution 3-0

The game against New England is the first of back-to-back home games for the Timbers, vital for the club’s playoff hopes, with four of their final five games away from Jeld-Wen Field. Portland is 8-4-2 at home; 1-8-4 on the road.

The Revolution won for the first time in nearly two months, putting an end to their seven-game winless streak in the 2-0 victory against FC Dallas on Saturday.

In his first two games with the Revolution, Monsef Zerka has scored a goal and added an assist, setting up Shalrie Joseph’s team-leading eighth goal to open the scoring against FCD.

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Stephen McCarthy of New England and Portland’s Jack Jewsbury traded first-half goals in the 1-1 draw April 2 at Gillette Stadium.

Timbers absolutely must win this game if they want to keep playoffs hopes alive, and I think they will.

OVER seem to be also good call, but this time I will stay with Timbers WIN

CHRIS’S PICK 1 Timbers to WIN

 

Wednesday, September 14

Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo 2-2

CHRIS’S PICK OVER 2 goals

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2016 MLS Eastern Conference

PosTeamGPPtsWDLGoalsHOMEAWAYLAST 5O / U LAST 5
1NY Red Bulls3457169961-4414-2-23-7-7WWWWD18-16OOOUO
2New York City FC34541591062-578-6-37-2-8WLWWD22-12OOUOO
3Toronto FC34531411951-398-6-26-5-7WDDDD16-18OOOUU
4D.C. United344611131053-479-4-42-9-6LWWWW17-17OOOOO
5Montreal Impact344511121149-537-5-54-7-6LDWWL18-16OOUOU
6Philadelphia Union34421191452-558-4-53-5-9LLLDL21-13UUOUO
7NE Revolution34421191444-549-4-42-5-10WLWLW19-15OOOUO
8Orlando City SC34419141155-606-7-43-7-7WWLDL25-9OUUUO
9Columbus Crew34368121450-586-8-32-4-11LLDWL20-14OOOOO
10Chicago Fire34317101742-586-8-31-2-14LWDLL20-14OOOOU

2016 MLS Western Conference

PosTeamGPPtsWDLGoalsHOMEAWAYLAST 5O / U LAST 5
1FC Dallas3460179850-4012-4-15-5-7DWWDD17-17UOUUO
2Colorado Rapids34581513639-3211-6-04-7-6DLWWW11-23UUOOU
3Los Angeles Galaxy34521216654-398-8-14-8-5DWDLD15-19UUUOO
4Seattle Sounders FC34481461444-4310-2-54-4-9WLDWW16-18OOUOU
5Sporting Kansas City34471381342-4110-3-43-5-9WDLWD17-17OUOOO
6Real Salt Lake344512101244-468-8-14-2-11LDLDL18-16OUOUU
7Portland Timbers FC34441281448-5312-2-30-6-11LWLLW22-12OUUOO
8 Vancouver WhiteCaps34391091545-526-6-54-3-10WDLDL19-15OUOOU
9San Jose Earthquakes34388141232-407-7-31-7-9LDLWL13-21UUOOO
10Houston Dynamo34347131439-455-8-52-5-8DLDLL11-23OUUOU
  

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