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MLS Weekend 32 – Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Weekend 32 – Preview, Picks and Predictions


MLS Picks and Predictions

After 2 out of 3 in Sunday’s  games, finished  with record 7-3 in 32nd week of my MLS predictions.

Last 31st week of MLS predictions finished with 5-6 record.

2012 MLS season record 178-122 (accuracy 59.33 % ).

Predictions are usually published here at least 6-8 hours before the game time.

For LIVE time MLS updates follow me on TWITTER at @ChrisReiko

(Home team listed first; all times Eastern)

Sunday, October 21

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy 2-2
Goals galore: The Earthquakes scored four or more goals in a game for the sixth time in their 4-1 win at Colorado on Oct. 6. The Quakes have scored multiple goals in seven consecutive games, since Aug. 25, with 21 goals in that time.

Historic season: While Chris Wondolowski enters the final two games of the regular season two goals from tying the all-time MLS single-season record, Marvín Chávez collected his 11th assist in the win at Colorado, the most for an Earthquakes player since their return to the league in 2008.

King Keane: Robbie Keane scored his 15th goal of the season – his 11th in the last 14 games – in the Galaxy’s 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Oct. 6. Keane sits in fourth in the MLS Golden Boot standings.

Clean sweep?: The teams are meeting for the third time this season, and the Earthquakes have won the first two. Late goals from Khari Stephenson and the stoppage-time winner from Alan Gordon gave the Quakes a 3-2 victory, May 23 in Carson, then the Quakes came back from two goals down, capped by a Chris Wondolowski winner, in a 4-3 win June 30 at Stanford Stadium before a crowd of more than 50,000.

Wondo needs 2 goals to match 16 years old MLS record for 27 goals in the season,  he will be ready for this game, so will be rest of the Quakes team. Earthquakes should be able to take of business at  home, but I am more positive about at least 3 goals in this game.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION OVER 2.5 goals

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers 0-1 Rivals: The Cascadia Cup rivals are meeting for the third time. Goals from Portland’s Kris Boyd and Vancouver’s Darren Mattocks left the teams in a 1-1 stalemate, June 26 at Jeld-Wen Field, then Darlington Nagbe and Kenny Miller scored first-half goals to lead the Timbers to a 2-1 win Aug. 25, also in Portland.

Winless: Whitecaps FC have never defeated the Timbers in MLS competition. The Timbers have won three of the four meetings, with one draw.

Making progress: Since losing five consecutive games from Aug. 15-Sept. 15, Whitecaps FC are 1-0-2 in their last three, have recorded back-to-back shutouts, their first since July 7.

Away trouble: It’s the final road game of the year for the Timbers, who are bidding to keep from becoming the fifth team in MLS history to go through an entire season without an away win. The last? Vancouver, in 2011 (also: Los Angeles, 2003; Real Salt Lake, 2005; New York, 2009).

Cup at stake: The match will also decide the Cascadia Cup competition for 2012. Portland must beat Vancouver to capture the Cascadia Cup, while a Whitecaps FC win or draw would award the cup to Seattle.

Whitecaps are my heavy favorite to win, this not necessary will be easy game for Vancouver team, but in my estimate Timbers will have really hard time to earn point there.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 WhiteCaps to WIN

 

Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas 3-1


Sounders fiesta is expected at the end of this game, and enthusiastic Seattle crowd will celebrate 3 points.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 1 Sounders to WIN

 

Saturday, October 20

Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact 0-0

Grudge match: The Canadian rivals are meeting for the third time this season in MLS, the first at BMO Field. Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Andrew Wenger each scored to lead the Impact to a 2-1 win April 7 at Olympic Stadium, then Torsten Frings, Ryan Johnson and Danny Koevermans all scored for a 3-0 TFC victory, June 27 at Stade Saputo.

Tough times: Toronto FC saw their winless streak extended to 12 games – one shy of the club record set over the end of the 2011 season and the start of this year – in a 1-0 loss to D.C. United on Oct. 6.

Great start: With a victory in either of their last two games, the Montréal Impact will have the third-best record for an expansion team in MLS history. Only Chicago in 1998 and Seattle in 2009 will have had more points than the Impact.

Top form: While he didn’t not score a goal, Impact striker Marco Di Vaio continued his recent form with an assist on his team’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Houston on Oct. 6. Over the last nine games, Di Vaio has five goals and three assists.

Canadian rivals playing already only for pride, and contracts for next year. Montreal has clearly better team, and recently their defensive line is currently one of the best in MLS. TFC sure will try to score, but I don’t believe they can beat Impact with current roster. This time I do not anticipate many goals at BMO Field.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

 

New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City 0-0

Grand finale: The teams are meeting for the third time this season, all coming over the final three months of the season. A month ago, C.J. Sapong and Kei Kamara scored as Sporting ended the Red Bulls long home unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory at Red Bull Arena. The teams played to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 26 at Livestrong Sporting Park, as Kamara scored at both ends, giving KC an early lead then scoring into his own net for the equalizer.

Dropping dimes: Graham Zusi regained the league lead with his 15th assist, setting up Sporting’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Columbus on Oct. 7.

Brick wall: SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen has 14 shutouts this season, tied for second-most in a single season in MLS history. If he posts shutouts in the final two games of the season, he will equal the all-time MLS record set in 2000 by Kansas City’s Tony Meola.

Red Bulls will have hard time with defensively solid Sporting side, this match it’s a perfect candidate for a draw, I don’t believe New York is able to beat KC.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

 

New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire 1-0

Series split: The teams are meeting for the third time this season, having split the first two, each winning at home. Goals four minutes apart from Kelyn Rowe and Benny Feilhaber midway through the second half gave the Revolution a 2-0 victory June 2 at Gillette Stadium, then Chris Rolfe and Sherjill MacDonald scored first-half goals for a 2-1 Fire win, Aug. 18 at Toyota Park.

Finishing touch: Sherjill MacDonald had his first two-goal game since coming to MLS, netting both goals in the Fire’s 2-0 win at New York on Oct. 6.

Goals needed: The Revolution have been shut out in back-to-back games for a third time this season following their 1-0 loss at Philadelphia on Oct. 6. They have not been blanked in three consecutive games this season.

I will not expect many goals in this game, Fire will try to manage the game and many Revolution players will have last chances to impress their coach, although still reminds to be seen, if Jay Heaps will be their manager for next season.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

 

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew 2-3

Third meeting: The teams are meeting for the third time this season, each having taken 1-0 decisions on their home ground. The Crew won 1-0 at Crew Stadium on July 21, the game’s only goal scored by Chris Birchall in the opening minute of the second half. United returned the favor Aug. 4 at RFK Stadium, the only goal scored by Chris Pontius in the 49th minute.

On fire: United extended their unbeaten streak to five games – going 4-0-1 in that time – with their 1-0 win at Toronto FC on Oct. 6.

Playoff bound?: With a win or a draw, United will qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007 – the four-year postseason drought is the longest in club history, and tied for second-longest in MLS history.

Career best: Eddie Gaven scored his eighth goal of the season – a huge equalizer for a 1-1 draw with Sporting KC on Oct. 7 – to match his single-season career-high, which he set in 2005 at age 19 with the MetroStars.

Absolute must win for still full of playoffs hope the Crew team, they are capable to do it, and I have feeling they will come back from Washington victorious .
CHRIS’ PREDICTION 2 Crew to WIN

 

Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union 3-1

Bragging rights: The teams are playing for the third time this season, having split the first two. A late Brian Ching penalty kick was the decider in a 2-1 Dynamo victory June 30 at BBVA Compass Stadium, then Freddy Adu scored a pair of goals in a 3-1 Union win Sept. 23 at PPL Park.

Home field advantage: It’s the final home game of the regular season for the Dynamo, who are bidding to become the fourth team in MLS history to go undefeated at home over an entire season (San Jose, 2005; Real Salt Lake, 2010; LA Galaxy, 2011).

Historic season: The Dynamo are also riding a 24-game home unbeaten streak in league play, now the second-longest in MLS history. Real Salt Lake’s 29-game streak from 2009-11 is the league record.

Still fighting: Since they were officially eliminated from playoff contention, Union have won back-to-back games, their last triumph a 1-0 win vs. New England on Oct. 6, as Jack McInerney scored for a third consecutive game.

Another low scoring game, and Dynamo in a must win situation facing theoretically weaker opponent, but Union recently playing decent soccer, and Houston wont take them lightly. Dynamo likely will win this game, but by low margin.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Chivas USA vs. Colorado Rapids 0-2

Familiar Foes: The teams are meeting for a third time this season. Two goals from Kamani Hill, plus tallies from Jeff Larentowicz and rookie Tony Cascio, gave the Rapids a 4-0 win April 28 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, then the teams played to a 1-1 draw in Commerce City on Aug. 18.

Three years: The Rapids now have a seven-game unbeaten streak alive vs. Chivas USA. Chivas last defeated Colorado in 2009 at The Home Depot Center.

Bad history: Jorge Villafaña’s goal to give Chivas USA a 1-1 draw vs. FC Dallas on Oct. 7 was the club’s first since Sept. 8, ending a 601-minute goalless drought that was the second-longest in MLS history (behind Toronto FC’s 824 minutes without a goal in 2007).

Heating up: André Akpan netted his third career goal – his second in the last five games – in Colorado’s 4-1 loss to San Jose on Oct. 6 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Game where both teams has nothing to loose, and nothing really to win, so they play just for fun, so we can finally see some goals, goals, goals.
CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Wednesday, October 17

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake 0-0

CHRIS’ PREDICTION UNDER 2.5 goals

MLS Cup Playoff Race Update

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC clinched a berth in the 2012 MLS Cup playoffs by virtue of Seattle Sounders FC defeating FC Dallas 3-1 tonight.  The Whitecaps are the tenth and final team to make the playoffs.

Despite falling to the Portland Timbers 1-0 this evening, the Whitecaps have earned 42 points throughout the season and still have one game remaining.  FC Dallas have earned 38 points across 33 games and therefore with one game still to play, they will be unable to overtake the Whitecaps in points.

Below are the ten teams, five from each conference, that qualified for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs:

Western Conference

San Jose Earthquakes

Real Salt Lake

LA Galaxy

Seattle Sounders FC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

 

Eastern Conference

Sporting Kansas City

Chicago Fire

D.C. United

New York Red Bulls

Houston Dynamo

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32nd week 7-3 (178-122)

Previous Weeks

Previous Weeks

31st week 5-6 (171-119)

30 week 7-(166-113)

29th week 6-7 (159-111)

28th week 5-5 (153-104)

27th week 2-2

26th week 8-4

25th week 8-3

24th week 9-3

23th week 4-4

22nd week 4-4

21th week  3-6

20th week 9-6

19th week  6-3

18th week  8-8 

CHRIS’s PICKS in 2012 season 178-122 (accuracy 59.33 % ) in picking winner or OVER / UNDER results.If you have some info, tips or news that you think can influence any of MLS games results CONTACT US

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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