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MLS Week 17 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Weekend Picks and Predictions

California Clasico sure will get some attention this weekend, and together with large 50,000 expected crowd we should see good show and goals at Stanford Stadium. Good weather and 4th of July fireworks atmosphere likely will translate to many goals on other venues as well. This is high scoring league, just last weekend in MLS we had average 3.44 goals per game.

Crew and Rapids are my favorites to win this weekend, but I also like Sounders in New England. Despite playing U.S. Open game on Tuesday in San Francisco, they should be ready to test the Revs. In the game of the weekend I am supporting Earthquakes, but safer pick seem to be at least 3 goals there.

17th week of  my MLS Predictions record 62 . 

My record in 2012 MLS season 8256 (accuracy 59.42 %).

Predictions are usually published here 16-24 hours before the game  time.

(Home team listed first; all times Eastern)

Friday, June 29

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire 0-1

Mama Said Shut You Out: Kansas City keeper Jimmy Nielsen is currently tied as the League leader in shutouts with six on the season. The Danish keeper is nearly on pace to break Tony Meola’s single season club record of 16 shutouts in 2000.

Sensational Screamer: Marco Pappa’s fourth goal of the season was a stunning blast from all of 25 yards, sending the Fire on their way to a 2-1 win against Columbus on Saturday. Of Pappa’s 24 career goals in MLS, 10 have come from outside of the penalty area.

Shorthanded Saves: Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a career-high eight saves in Chicago’s last League match, a 10-man 2-1 defeat of the Columbus Crew.

Even Stevens: Kansas City has not defeated Chicago at home since 2007, and the teams have played to draws in four of their last five meetings in Kansas City; the Fire took the sole win there in 2009, a 2-0 victory.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

Saturday, June 30

Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls 1-1

Minus Marquez: The Red Bulls have been without Designated Player Rafa Marquez for nine games this season due to suspension and injury. New York is 5-0-2 on the year in games in which he appears, and is undefeated in those matches dating back to October 15 of last season.

DP Delivers: Danny Koevermans is starting to heat up for Toronto FC. He has five goals in his last five games – three in his last two – after scoring the opener Saturday vs. New England. He also added an assist, his first of the season.

Straight Bullheaded: The Red Bulls have won four of the last five in the series, and have not lost since June 2009. In those matches, New York has outscored Toronto 16-2.

Barklage Blasts: The first two goals of Brandon Barklage’s MLS career came within about a half-hour of each other, netting twice against his former club, D.C. United, in the Red Bulls’ 3-2 victory on Sunday.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact 3-0

Centennial Mark: D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario needs two more goals to mark the 100th of his MLS career. De Ro would become just the seventh player in League history to reach the mark, and is currently second among active players, behind Landon Donovan, for most MLS goals all-time.

Settling the Score: The Impact and United are meeting for the second time this season. Montreal’s Bernardo Corradi and D.C.’s Maicon Santos traded goals four minutes apart midway through the second half to leave the clubs in a 1-1 draw on April 18 at RFK Stadium.

Punctual Pontius: Chris Pontius’s goal within the first 31 seconds of D.C. United’s 2-3 loss on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls was the fastest strike in United’s 17-season history.

Olsen’s Army: On June 21, United Head Coach Ben Olsen was named the MLS All-Star head coach, making him the fourth D.C. United manager to be selected to lead the All-Star team and the youngest manager ever to take the helm of the All-Stars.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2-2

Firsties: At 7-0-0, Seattle Sounders FC has not dropped a single point when striking first this season. The same occurrence has not meant as much for the Revolution, who hold a 3-2-1 record when scoring the opening goal.

Engines Revved: Sounders FC won both meetings between the clubs last season, but the Revs have been undefeated at Gillette Stadium since April 14.

Stars and Stripes: Cuban-born Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso returned to the Seattle lineup on June 20, for the first time ever as a U.S. citizen.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION X2 Draw or Sounders WIN

Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake 2-0

Still Solid: Real Salt Lake’s 2-3 defeat at the hands of the LA Galaxy on June 20 was the first time in the team’s 235-game MLS history that the club has blown a two-goal lead to ultimately lose a match. However, despite recently suffering back-to-back home losses against the Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake’s 32 points in 17 games is the best mark in their eight-year franchise history.

Bereft of “Ws” in Buckeye State: The Crew have won the last five meetings between the teams at Crew Stadium. Real Salt Lake’s only victory in Ohio came

Slipping Into Silver: With one more win, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando will tie former Chicago Fire and Chivas USA backstopper Zach Thornton for second place on the all-time goalkeeper wins list. With Saturday’s loss against San Jose, however, Rimando moved just four back of Tony Meola who is in third place on the all-time loss list.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 Crew WIN

Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union 2-1

Franchise Player: Houston’s Will Bruin has been the greatest single contributor to his team in all of MLS this season, scoring 9 of the Dynamo’s 21 goals (43%). He has also scored nearly half of his club’s away goals.

Doop Dominance: In four meetings, Houston has yet to find a way to defeat the Union in their short existence (2-0-2). Those four matches over 14 months featured five different goalkeepers and 10 goals, nine of which were scored by different players.

McScoreney: After only playing 93 minutes in the first 11 League games for the Union, Jack McInerney scored two goals in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Sporting Kansas City, putting him in a tie for 3rd place on Philadelphia’s all-time list.

Sudden Revival: After only scoring eight goals through 16 MLS weeks—at the time, the worst goals for total in the League—the Union increased their season strike total by 50% in their 4-0 shellacking of Eastern Conference third-place club, Sporting Kansas City, on Saturday.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers 3-0

Slim Pickens: Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens leads MLS with 63 saves, is tied for fifth in wins and shutouts and has twice made an MLS-high eight saves in one game.

Fear of Missing Out: Portland player Kris Boyd scored the opening goal against Seattle on Sunday, the fifth consecutive goal scored by Portland in which he had participated (four goals, one assist). The Timbers had also received two own goals in that stretch, dating to April 7, in which Boyd also played a part.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 Rapids WIN

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy 4-3

Keepin’ it in the (California) Family: Before they were members of the LA Galaxy, Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant and Josh Saunders all played on the Earthquakes together overlapping their respective San Jose tenures in 2003 when the ‘Quakes, led by current manager Frank Yallop, lifted the MLS Cup. Current San Jose man Alan Gordon was also a member of an MLS Cup-winning team with Donovan, Dunivant and Saunders, the 2005 Los Angeles Galaxy.

Great late: The last time the Earthquakes scored a League goal before the 70th minute was on May 5, a span of six MLS matches, in a 2-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Twelve of the ‘Quakes’ goals this season have been in the 75th minute or later and four of those have been stoppage-time winners.

Fratricide: Galaxy forward Landon Donovan brings out his best when facing his former club. Since moving from San Jose to LA in 2005, Landon has collected either a goal (six total) or assist (five total) in all 11 of his matches against the Nor Cal side.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

U.S. Open Cup

San Jose Earthquakes vs Seattle Sounders 0-1

CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 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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