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MLS Week 11 – Preview, Pick and Predictions



MLS Weekend Pick and Predictions

After Wednesday and Saturday games, and Timbers win on Sunday,

I finished  11th week of  my MLS Predictions with even record  5-5 . 

My record in 2012 MLS season 62-45 (accuracy 57.94 %).

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

Saturday, May 19

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2-2

Super sophs: At 5-3-2 with 17 points, the Whitecaps are off to the hottest 10-game start in an expansion team’s sophomore season since the 1999 Chicago Fire went 6-4-0 with 18 points to begin the year. 

Solid Seattle: Seattle still has not allowed more than a single goal in any game this season, having allowed a league-low four goals through 10 games.

Estrada exceeding expectations: Seattle player David Estrada has been a pleasant surprise since his college days at UCLA – a walk-on for the Bruins, he was named Soccer America’s National Freshman of the Year and was a four-time All-Pac 10 selection. In his third year with Sounders FC, Estrada has scored four goals on the season, which currently puts him atop the Seattle leaderboard, ahead of forward Fredy Montero, who set the franchise record for points just last year.

Cascadia Cup commences: This is the first matchup of the season that counts toward the Cascadia Cup, a trophy awarded annually by supporters to the Pacific Northwest club with the best regular season record. The Sounders are the current title holders, going 2-0-2 against their Cascadia competition in 2011.

As everywhere else derby have they own rights, however do not expect many goals at BC Place this Saturday
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 GOALS

Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls 1-2

No Henry? No problem: In the last three full games without DP Thierry Henry, the New York Red Bulls have tallied five goals and have a 3-0-0 record to show for.

The Coop: Kenny Cooper scored his second goal in as many games and his ninth of the season, tied with Thierry Henry for the team lead, to give the Red Bulls a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Philadelphia.

Round 2: The clubs are meeting for the second time. On March 31 at Red Bull Arena, Thierry Henry scored a hat trick and assisted on a fourth goal as the Red Bulls won, 5-2.

Great as of late: Despite posting three clean sheets through the last four games, Red Bulls GK Ryan Meara is tied second place in goals allowed this season with 16. Impact keeper Donovan Ricketts is the other keeper with 16 goals allowed.

David Beckham saved Galaxy with his masterpiece free kick, but keep in mind that Impact almost beat Galaxy at home. Red Bulls are in way better form than LA team, and despite forced changes and allowing 2 goals in their last game vs Union, their defense seem to be very solid.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC 3-1

Hot shots: With 20 goals through 12 league matches, D.C. United is off to their most productive start since 2007, when the Black-and-Red scored 22 in the same span. That year, United would finish with 56 regular-season goals and lay claim to the Supporters’ Shield. Currently, D.C. is on pace to score 57 goals for the year.

Advantage, DeLeon: Top 10 MLS SuperDraft picks Nick DeLeon (D.C. United) and Luis Silva (Toronto FC) will presumably meet for the first time on the pitch—United held DeLeon out in the teams’ May 5 matchup—in the clubs’ second head-to-head competition in just as many weeks. Ten weeks into the season, DeLeon has the rookie upper-hand, with three goals and three assists in his pocket, while Silva has yet to record a single point.

Gaucho glory days: Former UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) teammates Chris Pontius (D.C. United) and Eric Avila (Toronto FC) won the 2006 NCAA Men’s National Championship together—the school’s first in soccer—but neither player has lifted the MLS Cup in the combined seven full seasons they have both been in the league. Currently holding third place in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United look prime for a deep playoff run, while the 0-8-0 Reds are still searching for their first MLS regular season “W.” Toronto’s Luis Silva is also a UCSB alumnus, but was not a part of the 2006 squad.

United gotta be heavy favorite in this one, however I also can see more than 2 goals in this one.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 UNITED to WIN

New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo 2-2

Revs’ rewards: Houston forward Brian Ching is tied with former Dynamo teammate, Dwayne De Rosario, for most goals scored by an active player during the regular season against the Revs, with eight strikes apiece.

First half team: Ten of New England’s 12 goals this season have come in the first half of play. Conversely, Houston has scored only two goals in the first 45 minutes of matches. 

Shalrie nearly there: With one more assist, Revs captain Shalrie Joseph will move into second place of New England’s all-time assist leaders, ahead of Joe-Max Moore. Joseph has three assists already on the year, bringing his career total to 35. 

Local ties: New England Manager Jay Heaps is the first former Revolution player and first New England native to lead the club. Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear grew up in Fremont, Calif., a city 25 minutes north of San Jose, from where the team—then the San Jose Earthquakes—relocated to Houston.

In  their last 3 games, we had at least 3 goals, but Dynamo defensive line is too good to change that. I am expecting low scoring game at Foxboro.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union 1-1

Going pro: FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman is one of four current MLS managers with just one year or less of professional soccer experience, while Union counterpart Peter Nowak has 23 years under his belt.

Dallas end the drought: FC Dallas put an end to their goalless drought after 230 minutes, but still went down to a third consecutive defeat, 2-1 to Columbus. Fabian Castillo’s goal was FCD’s first from open play since April 14.

Unbeaten by Philly: FC Dallas in unbeaten all-time in four meetings with Union. FCD has won both home games, including a 2-0 triumph last year in Frisco; the teams have played to two draws in their games at Philadelphia.

Young folks: While Philadelphia midfielder Freddy Adu was the youngest player in U.S. Men’s National Team history to earn a senior team cap, Dallas midfielder Brek Shea is the youngest member of the team to have appeared in every game thus far of the Jurgen Klinsmann era.

FC Dallas are my heavy favorite for this weekend. FCD have lost their last 3 games, and they are too good to not take advantage of the visiting Union.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 FC Dallas  to WIN

Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City 2-2

Rampant Rapids: Eight different Rapids players have scored the team’s 15 goals so far in 2012, with nine of those strikes coming from players new to the club this season.

Vermes the messenger: Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes spent three seasons of his playing days with Colorado from 2000-2002. While there, Vermes tallied eight goals in 89 appearances as a defender and helped the Rapids to two MLS playoff appearances.

We meet again: This is the clubs’ first meeting since Sporting Kansas City (SKC) defeated Colorado in both legs of the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season by 2-0 scorelines (4-0 aggregate). SKC collectively outshot the Rapids 12-5, and Teal Bunbury netted a double in the first leg.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

Chivas USA vs. Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0  

In a Clasico by themselves: This marks the first meeting of the year between the two clubs in the SuperClasico, and the first year since 2009 that the clubs will meet three times in a season. Los Angeles currently dominates the derby, winning six of the last seven meetings and owning a 16-6-3 record in all competitions.

Direct Kick: David Beckham has scored four goals directly from free kicks in MLS play, among his 12 league goals in six seasons, after his strike vs. Montréal. Beckham also last year scored a goal directly from a corner.

Breakout for Barrett? Barrett has scored a goal during three of the last four times he has faced the Goats, including the game-winning strike in both SuperClasico matches last season.

Fall from grace: Four days after President Obama congratulates them on their 2011 MLS Cup victory at the White House, the Galaxy will face intra-city rival, Chivas USA. L.A. leads the all-time regular season record (14-3-5), but has been slumping in 2012 – the club has already lost five games, the same number that they dropped in the entire 2011 MLS season.

That was busy week for David Beckham, he went to White House when U.S. President Barack Obama made few jokes about him, than he was visiting Athens.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew 1-1

Colum-bust: The Crew are tied for their worst start in franchise history through the season’s first nine games at 2-4-2 and eight points. The 2007 club began the year 1-3-5, and went on to finish 9-11-10, which put them sixth place in the then-seven-team Eastern Conference.

Steven’s second wind: In three full seasons with his first club, Columbus Crew, Steven Lenhart notched 14 goals and four assists. Through 2011 and the first 11 games of 2012 for San Jose, Lenhart already has nine goals and three assists, with four of his strikes coming from the last four games. He was also named MLS’s “Player of the Week” for Week 8 of this year.

Parallel pro paths: Managers Frank Yallop (San Jose Earthquakes) and Robert Warzycha (Columbus Crew) both played in MLS in its inaugural year after long careers in Europe. Warzycha played for the Crew and retired as the club’s all-time assists leader (61), while Yallop was a part of the league’s first Supporters’ Shield winners, the Tampa Bay Mutiny.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

Sunday, May 20

Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire 2-1

Dynamic Jack: After eight years in Kansas City and one team “Defensive Player of the Year” award in 2008, Portland midfielder Jack Jewsbury, who scored seven goals and assisted eight times in 2011, returned to the back line in the Timbers’ game against the Columbus Crew on May 5, helping his club to a 0-0 draw.

Fire burned out? The Timbers will be the Fire’s third opponent in 11 days, after having two byes in the first five weeks of the season.

Rivals Re-united: Fire midfielder Rafael Robayo, who before joining MLS, spent 2005-2011 with Colombian-side, Millonarios, will be squaring off against two former members of rival clubs. Timbers midfielder Diego Chara and forward Jose Adolfo Valencia played against Robayo in the Colombian Categoria Primera A for América de Cali and Santa Fe, respectively. Millonarios plays Santa Fe in El Clásico Capitalino and América de Cali in El Clásico con más estrellas.

It’s hard to imagine, how rest of the Timbers season will look like if they don’t win on Sunday
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 Timbers to WIN 

Wednesday, May 16

D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids 2-0

CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 UNITED to WIN

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2012 season 62-45 (accuracy 57.94 %)

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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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