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MLS Week 3 Preview, Picks and Predictions



MLS Weekend Predictions

Sporting 2-1 victory over FC Dallas made my record 6-3 in week 3 of my predictions. My record in 2012 MLS season is 18-9 (accuracy 66.67 %).

Predictions for midweek and weekend are usually published here 16-24 hours before the game  time.

Friday, March 23

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Houston Dynamo 2-0

Hats Off to Estrada: Seattle’s David Estrada scored the season’s first hat trick, leading Sounders FC to a 3-1 win against Toronto FC. Estrada, who has taken over a starting spot after rising from a selection in the 2010 SuperDraft, has scored four of Seattle’s five goals in official competitions this year.

Clean on the Go: Of the five teams that have opened seasons with extended road swings while awaiting a new stadium, the Dynamo are the first not to allow a goal in their first two games. In the 34 games those teams played (Columbus, 1999; LA, 2003; Chicago, 2006; Sporting KC, 2011), the travelers kept a total of just four clean sheets combined. The Daynamo are one of three teams which have not allowed a goal yet this season (also: Sporting KC and Vancouver).

Scoring against Houston Dynamo is not easy task, and they not have to score many goals to win, Seattle has home advantage but UNDER 2.5 goals seem to be safe pick
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

Saturday, March 24

Toronto FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes 0-3

Wondo remains One Shy: Chris Wondolowski saw his goal-scoring streak snapped at six games – one shy of the MLS record – in the Earthquakes’ 1-0 loss to Houston at AT&T Park.

Frings on the Fringe: Ahead of next week’s CONCACAF Champions League semifinals vs. Santos Laguna, TFC suffered a potentially devastating blow when former German international Torsten Frings was forced out of the 3-1 loss in Seattle with a first-half injury.

Winless at BMO vs. Quakes: Toronto FC are winless against the Earthquakes at home at BMO Field. The teams have played to three draws in Toronto, including a 1-1 tie last season; the Quakes won a 3-2 decision in 2010.

Marvin Chavez likely will start for the Earthquakes and that should translate to some scoring opportunities. TFC defense without Torsten Frings might not be as solid as with him on the pitch. Therefore I am expecting some goals in this game, means at least 3

CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

New England Revolution vs. Portland Timbers 1-0

Nagbe Notches his First of 2012: Scorer of last year’s MLS Goal of the Year, Darlington Nagbe scored his first goal of the season in the 1-1 draw vs. FC Dallas. Nagbe, the No. 2 selection in the 2011 SuperDraft, scored two goals in his rookie season.

Rough Road: The Revolution will be happy to return to Gillette Stadium for their home opener. The 3-0 loss at Sporting KC extended their road winless streak to nine games, dating back to last July, two games shy of the club record.

Revolution first game at home, but no many experts giving them chance vs Timbers. I don’t believe that this Saturday Jay Heaps will celebrate his first victory as MLS coach. 

CHRIS’ PREDICTION X2 Draw or Timbers WIN

Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact 2-0

Hesmer Available?: After suffering an ankle injury in preseason, Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer could be ready to return. He played the full 90 minutes in one of Columbus’s two matches against college competition in their weekend off.

Captain Arnaud Comes through: Impact captain Davy Arnaud scored the first goal in the club’s MLS history, in the 1-1 draw vs. Chicago. The game was played before a Montréal record crowd of 58,912 at Olympic Stadium.

So close from so long: The Impact were millimeters away from winning their home opener – but Josh Gardner’s last-gasp long-range strike crashed off the crossbar. 

Crew had last weekend off, so they going to be fresh and ready for  unpredictable Impact. Even Montreal team played decent home opening match vs Fire, but Crew at home should be able to get 3 points. 
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 Crew WIN

Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union 1-0

Jumping for [Pa]Joy: Offseason signing Lionard Pajoy opened his account for Philadelphia, scoring his first MLS goal in the loss to Colorado.

Inter Milan Product: With Sean Johnson called into the U.S. team for Olympic qualifying, 23-year-old Inter Milan product Paolo Tornaghi was given the start in goal for the Fire in their season opener in Montreal.

Former Teammates Faceoff: Union Manager Peter Nowak and Fire head coach Frank Klopas both played for the 1998 Chicago Fire squad that won MLS Cup in their inaugural season. They played together with the Fire for two years (1998, 1999).

Chicago Fire team this year should be among top teams in Eastern Conference, so Union going to Toyota Park after loosing for first time ever first two games in the season. Both coaches Frank Klopas and Peter Nowak are good friends and former teammates, but there will be no sympathy on the field, because Fire need 3 points. They will get it.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 Fire to WIN

Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA 0-1

Fabulous Fabian: Fabian Espíndola has scored goals in each of RSL’s two victories, defeating both the LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls to kick off the season.

Perfect in Home Openers: Real have never lost a home opener in club history, now 4-0-4 all-time after the 2-0 win against New York.

JPA Injury: Juan Pablo Ángel was out injured as Chivas USA suffered a second consecutive 1-0 defeat at home to open the season, falling to Vancouver.

Five Alive: Real Salt Lake have a five-game unbeaten streak alive vs. Chivas USA. Since a 1-0 Chivas victory in Carson on May 9, 2009, RSL has four of the five meetings since (with one draw), including a pair of 1-0 victories last season.

Chivas USA need some miracle to get some points in Utah. Coach Robin Fraser going to visit his former team, where he worked as assistant coach. RSL is heavy favorite in this one.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION RSL to WIN

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. D.C. United 0-0

DeMerit First leads to VWFC First: U.S. international Jay DeMerit scored his first goal in MLS as Vancouver won its first MLS road game, defeating Chivas USA 1-0 at The Home Depot Center.

Shouting about Shutouts: Whitecaps FC have recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since coming into MLS last year.

Olympic Omissions: United will be missing three key youngsters – 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar (Honduras), midfielder Perry Kitchen and goalkeeper Bill Hamid (both USA), all of whom are playing in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Interesting match, but Olympic Omissions in United roster put WhiteCaps in the driver seat at BC Place.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 WhiteCaps to WIN

Sunday, March 25

New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids 4-1

Rafa Returns: Designated Player Rafael Marquez is eligible for selection this weekend after serving a two-game suspension to start the season. Since joining the team in August 2010, Marquez has started 29 games, scoring one goal while adding six assists.

Two-Game Streak – Twice: After going their first 15 seasons without winning their first two games, the Rapids have now done it back-to-back seasons, following the 2-1 win at Philadelphia. In 2011, Colorado won its first three in a row.

Tony’s got the touch: Colorado’s Tony Cascio became the first rookie to score in 2012, netting the eventual game-winner in Philadelphia. Cascio was the 14th selection overall in this year’s SuperDraft, out of the University of Connecticut.

Alright in the Arena: Since moving to Red Bull Arena, New York has not lost at home to Colorado, winning both league meetings in Harrison, as well as a U.S. Open Cup play-in match. That ended a three-game Rapids winning streak at New York, all at Giants Stadium from 2007-09.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas 2-1

Sophomore Streak: The 2011 MLS Rookie of the Year, C.J. Sapong has started off his sophomore campaign with goals in each of SKC’s opening two games. Sapong scored five goals in his rookie season.

Blas of Glory: After setting up both FC Dallas goals in his first MLS game, Panamanian international Blas Pérez scored his first league goal in FCD’s 1-1 tie Saturday with the Portland Timbers.

Homegrown Debut: It took nearly three years, but FCD Homegrown Player Bryan Leyva finally made his first MLS start Saturday vs. Portland. Since signing with the club Sept. 20, 2009, Leyva had made one league appearance – a 13-minute shift on May 20, 2010 vs. LA.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 Sporting to WIN

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2012 season 18-(accuracy 66.67 %)

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2011 season 159-142 (accuracy 52.82 %)

CHRIS’s PICKS in 2010 season 97-82 in entire 2010 MLS season (accuracy 54.19 %) in picking winner or OVER / UNDER results.

MLS Eastern Conference end of 2012

PosTeamGPPtsWDLGoalsHOMEAWAYLAST 5O / U 2.5 LAST 5
1Sporting Kansas City3463189742-2710-4-38-5-4WDDWD14-20OUUUU
2D.C. United34581771053-4312-4-15-3-9DWWDW16-18UOUUU
3New York Red Bulls3457169957-4611-4-25-5-7WDWDL18-16OUUOU
4Chicago Fire34571761146-4111-3-36-3-8DLWLL17-17UUUOU
5Houston Dynamo34531411948-4111-6-03-5-9LWDWL16-18UOUUO
6Columbus CREW34521571244-4411-3-34-4-9WLDWL18-16OOUOO
7Montreal Impact34421261645-5110-3-42-3-12LDDDL20-14UUUUO
8Philadelphia Union34361061837-457-2-83-4-10LWLWW18-16OOOUO
9NE Revolution3435981739-447-6-42-2-13WWLLL16-18UUUUO
10Toronto FC3422582136-623-5-92-3-12LDLLL19-15OUUOO

MLS Western Conference end of 2012

PosTeamGPPtsWDLGoalsHOMEAWAYLAST 5O / U 2.5LAST 5
1San Jose Earthquakes3466199672-4310-6-19-3-5DDWDW25-9UOOOO
2Real Salt Lake34571761146-3511-2-46-4-7DDWWW18-16UUOOO
3Seattle Sounders FC34561511851-3311-2-44-9-4LWDWD16-18UOUOU
4Los Angeles Galaxy34541661259-4711-1-65-5-6WDLDW19-15UOOUO
5Vancouver WhiteCaps344311101335-418-6-33-4-10DLWDD17-17UUOUO
6FC Dallas34399121342-476-8-33-4-10DLDDW14-20OOUOU
7Colorado Rapids34371141944-509-3-62-1-13WWLDD18-16UOOUO
8Portland Timbers FC34348101634-567-6-41-4-12DWLDL18-16UUOUO
9Chivas USA3430791824-593-3-114-6-7DLDLL13-21OUUOO

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