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MLS Weekend Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Weekend Preview, Picks and Predictions

Will Chris Wondolowski celebrate in Seattle? PHOTO Howard C. Smith / ISIPhotos.com

Will Chris Wondolowski celebrate in Seattle? PHOTO Howard C. Smith / ISIPhotos.com

With his two goals Saturday against the New England Revolution, Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes pulled into a tie for the lead in the Budweiser MLS Golden Boot standings with 14 goals, along with Dwayne De Rosario of D.C. United and Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls.
Wondolowski has scored six goals in the last seven games, and this is the second consecutive season he has made a late charge. A year ago, he scored 10 goals over the final eight games of the season to win the Golden Boot, finishing with 18 goals. No player in MLS history has won the goalscoring title outright in back-to-back seasons; in 2003, Carlos Ruiz tied for the overall lead with Taylor Twellman after winning the honor in 2002, and Stern John finished in a three-way tie in 1999 after scoring the most goals in 1998.

My predictions record in 2011 MLS season 151140 (accuracy 51.89 %). Predictions for midweek and weekend are usually published here 16-24 hours before the game  time.

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Saturday, October 15

Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m. (TeleFutura)

It’s a vital contest in the MLS Cup Playoffs hopes for both teams. Sporting can clinch a postseason berth with a win; for the Red Bulls, it’s almost a must-win situation to keep pace in the chase for wild card spots.

Thierry Henry has scored in back-to-back games, now tied for the league lead with 14 goals for the season, after the 2-0 win against the LA Galaxy last Tuesday.

In their first meeting this season, Luke Rodgers scored the game’s only goal to lead the Red Bulls to victory, April 30 at Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls have won their last three games vs. Kansas City, all by shutout. Sporting have not scored in their last 280 minutes vs. the Red Bulls, since winning the second of a pair of 1-0 decisions in 2009.

CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

 

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC, 4 p.m. (TSN)

After going a club record eight games without a victory, Union have won three of their last five games in returning to first place in the Eastern Conference to start the week.

Since goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón went down with an injury on Sept. 3, Union are undefeated with Zac MacMath starting between the posts (3-0-4). MacMath recorded his third shutout in the 2-0 win against Seattle last weekend.

Danny Koevermans has scored each of the last four league goals for Toronto FC, scoring his seventh in nine MLS games in the 1-1 draw vs. New York on Oct. 1.

In the first meeting between the teams this season, Union scored a club-record six goals in a 6-2 win, May 28 at BMO Field. Danny Mwanga scored a hat trick and set up another goal; Justin Mapp also scored twice for Philadelphia.

CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 Union to WIN

 

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30 p.m.

The game will be a massive contest for the playoff hopes of both clubs. Both teams enter the week just outside the top 10 in the overall MLS standings, but will also be coming off midweek games.

Dominic Oduro is the only Fire player not named Ante Razov to have tallied 12 goals in a season for the Fire. Entering the final two weeks of the regular season, Oduro’s 12 goals were the fifth-most in a season in Fire history. Razov tallied 14 or more goals in 1999 (14), 2002 (14), 2003 (14) and 2000 (18).

United will hope to have Dwayne De Rosario back for the Fire match. De Rosario is not expected to play in the midweek game in Vancouver, as he has been called in for Canada’s World Cup qualifier the night before vs. Puerto Rico in Toronto. De Rosario has 11 goals and seven assists in his 15 games with D.C.

In their first meeting this season, Chicago’s Sebastian Grazzini and D.C’s Josh Wolff traded second-half goals before the clubs settled for a 1-1 draw, Aug. 18 at Toyota Park.

CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

 

New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

The Crew put an end to their six-game winless slide in their last match, a 2-1 home win against D.C. United on Oct. 2.

Eddie Gaven made his first appearance for the Crew after missing eight games to a leg injury and scored his fifth goal of the season, the game-winner against D.C.

The Revolution need victories in their final two games this season if they are to avoid a club record for the fewest wins in a season. The Revolution recorded seven wins in 27 games in 2001.

In the first meeting this season, goals from Julius James and Emilio Rentería capped a second-half comeback as the Crew overcame a first-half Benny Feilhaber strike for a 3-1 victory, Aug. 13 at Crew Stadium. 

CHRIS’ PREDICTION 2 Crew to WIN

 

FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 8:30 p.m.

Whitecaps FC are bidding to avoid becoming the fourth club in MLS history to go winless on the road for an entire season, joining the LA Galaxy in 2003 (0-9-6), Real Salt Lake in 2005 (0-14-2) and New York in 2009 (0-13-2). Vancouver is 0-11-5 outside of British Columbia.

FC Dallas have lost their last three home games, one shy of the club record, set in the club’s inaugural season and also in 1998.

The clubs first met on April 23 at Empire Field in Vancouver. A late strike from Eric Avila snapped a 1-1 tie to give FC Dallas an emotional victory.

CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 FC Dallas to WIN

 

Seattle Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 p.m. (FOX Soccer)

Chris Wondolowski has scored the last four goals for San Jose, including both in the 2-1 win at New England, to give him 14 for the season and a tie for the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings.     

David Bingham made his first career MLS start in the 2-1 win against New England – and recorded an assist on the first goal with a long punt that Wondolowski met in the Revolution penalty area before slotting home. Earlier this year, Bingham scored a goal from his own penalty area in a friendly vs. England’s West Bromwich Albion.

Sounders FC saw their season-long three-game winning streak come to an end in a 2-0 home loss to Philadelphia.

In the first meeting this year between the clubs, Brad Evans and Steve Zakuani scored for Seattle, but San Jose answered back both times with goals from Simon Dawkins and Khari Stephenson, as they finished in a 2-2 draw on April 2 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 Sounders to WIN

 

Sunday, October 16

Los Angele Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The Galaxy saw their four-game league winning streak put to an end in a 2-0 loss at New York last Tuesday, but still claimed the Supporters’ Shield for a second consecutive season and the fourth time in club history after Seattle’s weekend loss.

It’s the final home game of the season for the Galaxy, who are aiming to become just the third team in MLS history to go undefeated for the season on their home ground, along with Real Salt Lake last year (11-0-4) and the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005 (9-0-7).

Juan Pablo Ángel has scored six goals in the last four games for Chivas USA, giving him 10 for the season. He has now scored in double-digits in goals in each of his five seasons in MLS.

In the first SuperClasíco this season, Chad Barrett’s goal in the 26nd minute was the only marker of the game in a Galaxy victory on May 21.

Chivas USA haven’t defeated the Galaxy since the 2007 season, winning six of the nine league meetings since (with three draws). Chivas has scored just one goal in the last six regular season games vs. LA.

CHRIS’ PREDICTION Galaxy to WIN

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was 9782 in entire 2010 MLS season (accuracy 54.19 %) in picking winner or OVER / UNDER results.

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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