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MLS Week 10 – Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 10 – Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Weekend Pick and Predictions

One of the worst weekends of my predictions is finally over, after promising 3-0 Wednesday, Saturday was brutal and ended 2-6.

After perfect Wednesday, weekend games damaged everything and ended with  56  10th week of  my MLS Predictions. 

My record in 2012 MLS season 5740 (accuracy 58.76 %).

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

Saturday, May 12

Montreal Impact vs. Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1

Rickett fence: Montreal goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts will be facing his former side for the first time after leading the LA Galaxy to the 2011 MLS Cup and two straight Supporters’ Shields. Ricketts was protected by the Galaxy in the Expansion Draft, but was traded in November for allocation money after 70 matches and two seasons with LA.

Beasts vs. the East: The LA Galaxy fared well against Eastern Conference foes last season, garnering at least a point in nearly every meeting, taking away an 8-2-9 record.

Conversion City, Canada: The Impact have made penalty kicks in three of their last four MLS games. Their three penalties are the most for a single team in MLS this season.

As their last game showed Galaxy are in deep crisis, out of form team facing young, but well organized and motivated Montreal Impact, which playing at home with possible record crowd. I know it’s hard to imagine that Jessie Marsh team will beat MLS Champs coached by Bruce Arena, but for me LA is just hopeless at the moment, so  I will go with team from Quebec.


Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United 1-0

Opening act: This will be the first match played at Houston’s new 22,000-seat BBVA Compass Stadium. Opening nights have traditionally fared well for the home side, with the hosts going 6-2-4 in inaugural matches at soccer specific stadia.

May-be this year: The Houston Dynamo have gone winless in their last seven matches in the month of May (0-4-3). Their last victory came on May 22, 2010 against D.C. United, a game in which current D.C. United midfielder Danny Cruz made his first-ever MLS start with Houston, scoring in the 10th minute. 

Danny’s debut: D.C. midfielder Danny Cruz is facing his former side for the first time since being traded from Houston during the offseason. Cruz amassed four goals in 51 starts over three seasons with the Dynamo. 

Home crowd, and opening of new soccer specific stadium in Houston will make this game extra special. I don’t believe that Dominic Kinnear will be the first coach defeated at this beautiful new venue. However, before you bet on Dynamo keep in mind that United lately become all the sudden very high scoring team, in last 4 games they scored 12 goals. I am confident they will score at new stadium in Houston, and so will Dynamo. Earlier they score, more goals we will see. More than 2 goals seem to be VERY safe prediction.


New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4-1

French Revolution: The leading scorers for both clubs are in their first seasons and hail from France. Saër Sène joins the Revolution from Bayern Munich and has contributed three goals already this season. Vancouver’s Sebastian Le Toux also has three on the year, joining Vancouver Whitecaps FC in an offseason trade from the Philadelphia Union.

Clean ‘Caps and New England nils: Vancouver has kept a league-leading five clean sheets this season, allowing just six goals in eight matches. Conversely, New England has failed to score in four of their seven games. 

DP delivers: Whitecaps FC striker Eric Hassli scored his first goal in 17 MLS games– the last strike coming on August 7, 2011 – in his club’s win against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. Hassli finished his first season in the league last year with 10 goals.

WhiteCaps are in form and at least on the paper way better team. Vancouver defense is back in order, and attacking options are seem to be just too much for Revolution. If I have to pick winner of this one, I will go with Vancouver, but just in case support it with the draw.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION X2 Draw or WhiteCaps to WIN

Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas 2-1

Let’s go halvesies: Every regular season series between these two sides has been split evenly since the 2008 season. The home side proved victorious in 2009 and 2011 while in 2010, the clubs split the points evenly both times with two draws.

The other event named after Lamar Hunt: In addition to the U.S. Open Cup, the Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup also bears the late businessman’s name and is contested annually between the two clubs owned by the Hunt Sports Group. Originally a pre-season contest, the winner of the cup is now determined by the aggregate winner of the two-game regular season series. FC Dallas are the current holders, retaining the title last season by an all-time head-to-head goals tiebreaker.

The Amazing Hartman: After missing three games with back spasms, Kevin Hartman, the MLS all-time leader in goalkeeper wins, returned to the FC Dallas lineup for the 2-0 home loss to Colorado.

Injuries are killing Robert Warzycha’s strategy of rebuilding the team, but young, ambitious Crew are playing actually better than their record may indicate. FC Dallas had tough midweek game vs Sounders, they played without 2 suspended key players, but game cost them lots of energy. They facing fresh Crew, and despite Columbus key centerback Chad Marshall status. Either he will be playing or not, I believe home team should be able to finally get 3 points. About time boys.


Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City 2-1

Getting frank: Although his MLS playing career only lasted four seasons, Fire manager Frank Klopas was a member of both Chicago and Kansas City for two seasons apiece. Klopas contributed seven goals and 11 assists in his 49 appearances with the Kansas City Wizards in 1996 and 1997 and six goals and five assists in 40 appearances the following two seasons with Chicago.

Patriot pals: Kansas City boss Peter Vermes and Chicago manager Frank Klopas represented the United States National Team eight times together from 1988-1994. Team USA went 3-3-2 in those matches, with Klopas netting three goals, including a brace on August 13, 1988 against Jamaica in a World Cup Qualifier.

Fire played tough midweek game vs RSL, they ended scoreless but be aware that to keep Utah team scoreless at Toyota Park,  cost them lots of energy. I would not pick the winner here, draw is very probable, but I also do not expect many goals in Chicago this Saturday.


Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake 0-1

Seattle seeking revenge: This is the first meeting between the two sides since Real Salt Lake eliminated Seattle in the Western Conference Semifinals last November by an aggregate score of 3-2. RSL won the first leg in Seattle 3-0 thanks to an Alvaro Saborio brace and a goal from Ned Grabavoy, and were able to hang on in the second leg to secure a trip to the Conference Semifinals.

Pursuing a personal best: Through 11 games, RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman has already matched or surpassed his goal count for all but one of his 13 seasons in MLS. His career high came in 2007 (the only season he has scored more than three), when he tallied seven with the Colorado Rapids. 

When 2 top teams from the West facing each other in front of the biggest MLS audience, this is definitely a must watch game of the week. Both teams played midweek road games and have all the rights to be at least little tired. Also expect some roster rotations, which are not very often associated with high scoring games.

Sunday May 13

Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls 2-3 ’79

Home cookin’: In these clubs’ four total meetings, the home side has won every encounter, splitting the series even at 2-2-0. In their last meeting on October 20, 2011, the Red Bulls took advantage of a Philadelphia own goal to win 1-0 and clinch a spot in the MLS Playoffs. 

Top heavy: Red Bull forwards Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry have combined for 16 of the club’s 19 goals this season. Without Henry in the lineup on May 5 against the LA Galaxy, the Red Bulls surprised many by taking a 1-0 victory.

Agudelo absent no more: Juan Agudelo made his first appearance since the season opener for the Red Bulls in the 1-0 win against the LA Galaxy, coming on as a substitute. Agudelo suffered a knee injury while playing for the U.S. U-23 national team in the Olympic qualification tournament.

This could be very tricky game to predict, many of you suggested to me that this should be sure UNDER, and that’s very possible. However I believe Union will have fresh legs, and after 60-70 they should be able to take advantage of opponent midweek game. Coach Peter Nowak will be back on the bench after 2 games suspension, is that enough to beat powerful Red Bulls, that just on Wednesday beat Dynamo? Motivation is definitely on Union side, plus I gotta feeling that crowd at PPL Park will have something to celebrate.


San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA 1-1

No way, Jose: Chivas USA have dominated their NorCal rivals since 2008, going 6-1-2 in that span. The Goats swept the season series in 2011 by scorelines of 2-0 and 2-1.

Goats searching for goalscorers: Five goals from five different players have accounted for all of Chivas USA’s scoring thus far this season. Two of those goals came from MLS newcomers Casey Townsend and Oswaldo Minda. 

Wondo welcomes width: Until San Jose’s 2-1 victory over Philadelphia on April 28, Chris Wondolowski was the only Earthquakes member to tally more than one goal on the season, scoring 8 of the team’s 13. In that match and in the club’s 5-3 win against D.C. United on May 2, fellow striker Steven Lenhart has gotten in on the act, scoring twice in both matches.

Wondo wows: Over his last 34 games (the current length of an MLS season), Wondolowski has scored 25 goals. That would be the fourth-largest single-season total in league history (the record is 27, held by Tampa Bay’s Roy Lassiter in MLS’s inaugural season in 1996).

You will say that this year San Jose better team ect. Well, except Lenhart (last year was out), this year Earthquakes game changers Victor Bernandez and Marvin Chavez both injured, so this make this team similar to last year Quakes. Guess what, Chivas USA they have their numbers, and they beat the Earthquakes twice last year. The Goats are one of the weaker side in MLS, but they specialize in surprising road (1-0) victories. I don’t believe this time that would be the case, but I am confidentwe will have high scoring Mothers Day at Buck Shaw Stadium. Happy Mothers Day to every mom.

Wednesday, May 9

New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo 1-0

Hapless in Harrison: Houston has never won on the road at New York in their franchise’s history, going 0-3-3 in matches at Red Bull Arena and Giants Stadium. Houston last recorded a win in the series altogether on May 31, 2008, a 1-0 victory sealed by a second half goal from Brian Ching.

Cha-Ching: Dynamo forward Brian Ching has enjoyed playing against New York, tallying seven goals and two assists in 12 matches across his career with San Jose and Houston. The last came on June 2, 2010, Houston’s lone goal in a losing effort.
Homeward Bound: Despite not playing a regular season home game since October 1, 2011 due to the construction of BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston currently has a modest 2-2-2 record. The Dynamo will be rewarded for their two-month road-trip by playing 11 of their next 16 at home.

This is not easy one to pick. Despite absences Red Bulls been able to pull results in Los Angeles. On the other hand fresh Dynamo defense is solid. I would be surprised if there will be more than 2 goals. 


Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake 0-0

Costa Rican kin: Real’s Alvaro Saborio and Chicago’s Gonzalo Segares both make regular appearances for the Costa Rican National Team as well as for their current clubs, appearing in every match for their respective sides this season. Both also spent time earlier in their careers with Deportivo Saprissa, Costa Rica’s most successful club.
Slow burn at home: The Fire have not won at home against RSL since 2009. Real have won and drawn on their last two league visits to Toyota Park, and also captured the 2009 Eastern Conference Championship on penalty kicks there.

Chicago road win at Chivas USA, should have positive influence on the team, but I am not sure if positive enough to beat one of the best teams in the league RSL.
Draw is very probable in this game, but I also like under, means no more than 2 goals.

FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders FC 0-2
Score first for success: Since October 23, 2010, Seattle Sounders FC have gone unbeaten when scoring first, a span of 19 matches (16-0-3). In that same timeframe, FC Dallas have posted a 4-14-2 mark when allowing the first goal.  
Nearly unbeatable with Brad: In Seattle midfielder Brad Evans’ last 18 appearances with club, the team is 12-1-5. Overall, the club is 30-14-20 when Evans plays.
Four down for FCD: FC Dallas are now winless in their last four games. The only goals FCD have scored in that time frame came on two penalty kicks from Brek Shea, who missed one in the team’s 2-0 loss to Colorado on Sunday in which they played with nine men for 55 minutes.
FC Dallas have lost to Rapids last Sunday, but they played second half with 9 man, and now they have 2 players suspended and midweek game against red hot Sounders. Coach Sigi Schmid is too smart not to capitalize on that opportunity.


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