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MLS Week 9 – Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 9 – Preview, Picks and Predictions

Montreal Impact, Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo are my favorites to win this weekend,in general once again we should have another low scoring weekend in MLS.

Current record 00 in my 9th week of MLS predctions.

Last 8th week of 2013 MLS season finished 73 record.

2013 MLS season record 3632 (accuracy 52.94 % ).

Picks and predictions are usually published here at least 1-2 hours before the game time.

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Sunday, April 28

Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids 1-1

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Dynamo to WIN
Saturday, April 27

Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls 1-2

0-1 Tim Cahill (39)
1-1 Jonathan Osorio (83)
1-2 Tim Cahill (89)
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez, Attendance: 20009
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire 2-0

1-0 Andres Romero (57)
2-0 Marco Di Vaio (76)
Referee: Fotis Bazakos, Attendance: 19773
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Impact to WIN

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. FC Dallas 2-2

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

 

New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union 2-0

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United 3-0

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Crew to WIN

 

Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers 2-3

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Sporting to WIN

 

Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy 0-2

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Chivas USA vs. San Jose Earthquakes 2-2

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

 
Saturday, April 27

Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls, 2 p.m. (TSN, RDS)

The Red Bulls have a seven-game undefeated streak alive (5-0-2) vs. Toronto FC, dating back to June 24, 2009, a 2-0 TFC win at BMO Field. New York has a win and two draws in their last three visits to Toronto, coming away with 1-1 draws on their last two trips (2011 and 2012).

Thierry Henry scored his third goal of the season in the Red Bulls 4-1 win against New England. The Red Bulls have won three of nine games this season; Henry has scored in each victory.

For a second consecutive week, Toronto FC conceded a stoppage-time goal to leave them in a 1-1 draw, this time with the Houston Dynamo. It was the fourth consecutive draw for TFC; the MLS record is six in a row, last done in 2011 by the Colorado Rapids.

Toronto FC open defense of their four consecutive Canadian Championship titles against the Montréal Impact on Wednesday at BMO Field.

Doneil Henry and Andrew Weideman goals gave TFC 2-0 victory over Impact, in the first match of their semifinal series. The return leg will be played next Wednesday at Stade Saputo in Montreal.

TFC coach Ryan Nelsen will have to rotate the lineup, because of midweek games. The Reds showed huge improvement in their defensive game, and they should be able to keep Red Bulls away from Joe Bendik net. Red Bulls coming to Toronto without suspended Juninho, and that absence could cost Mike Petke’ team. Draw is very probable in this match, and I don’t expect many goals at BMO field this Saturday.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire, 4 p.m. (NBCSN, TSN, RDS)

The Impact return to league action after a week off, their last match a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on April 14 at Stade Saputo as Marco Di Vaio scored his second goal in three matches.

Before their league contest, the Impact will face Toronto FC in the first leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal series at BMO Field. The return leg will be played a week later in Montréal.

The Fire have won two of their last three matches. Jeff Larentowicz scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win against Columbus on Saturday at Toyota Park.

The Impact played the first home game in the club’s MLS history vs. Chicago, attracting a crowd of 58,912 to Olympic Stadium last March 17 (the 18th-largest in league history) for a 1-1 draw. The Fire won 3-1 in the lone meeting at Toyota Park.

Impact lost 0-2 their midweek game vs Toronto FC last Wednesday in ACC Cup. Travel to Toronto is not a big deal, and Impact should be ready to give Fire hard time at home. Chicago team plays a lot better than in their first few games of the season, but still not good enough to beat defensively solid Montreal Impact. Host team should cash 3 points at home without special problems.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Impact to WIN

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. FC Dallas, 6 p.m. (UDN)

The teams are meeting on the back end of a home-and-home series after FCD’s 2-0 win Saturday in Frisco. FC Dallas have now won three consecutive meetings between the teams, and five of the six meetings all-time between the clubs.

Blas Perez scored his third goal in the last four games over the weekend, sealing the FC Dallas victory against Vancouver.

FC Dallas extended their current undefeated streak to six games with the weekend victory, the club’s longest since going nine games without defeat from April 23-June 4, 2011.

At home, Whitecaps FC are 2-0-1 this season. They fell to 0-3-1 away from BC Place with the result in Frisco.

Whitecaps FC defeated 3-2 NASL’s FC Edmonton on Wednesday in Alberta the opening leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal. Camilo scored 2 goals and Tom Heinemann added third. The return match is set for May 1 at BC Place.

Currently FC Dallas is the hottest and the best team in MLS, they are rock solid.  Artificial pitch in Vancouver sure will affect FC Dallas game, but I don’t see them loosing to Whitecaps. Especially after Vancouver had their midweek game. Do not expect many goals at BC Place, FC Dallas likely to win 1-0, or 2-0, but under 2.5 should be safe bet.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

 

New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m.

Jack McInerney took over the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his fifth and sixth goals of the season in Union’s 3-2 win against D.C. United. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of Major League Soccer, McInerney is the youngest player in history to hold the outright MLS lead in goals scored (20 years, 259 days).

While the Revolution saw their goalless streak end at 394 minutes in their 4-1 loss at New York, a Revolution player still has not scored a goal since the season opener on March 2. The New England goal came through an own goal.

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Jack McInerney’s 76th-minute goal gave Union a 1-0 win on March 16 at PPL Park, part of MLS

Union are now undefeated in eight meetings all-time with the Revolution, with five victories. They’ve won two of their three visits to Gillette Stadium.

Union are proved last Saturday that they are serious on the road. Revolution will try to recover from their 1-4 loss to Red Bulls last weekend. I believe Union will score at Foxboro, and their defense should be able to take care of the back.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Crew’s Josh Williams and United’s Rafael traded goals in the first half, before Ben Speas scored the game-winner for Columbus on March 23 at RFK Stadium.

United haven’t won in Columbus since 2007, a span of five matches (0-4-1). They saw a three-game winning streak in Washington snapped in the first meeting this year.

United suffered their fourth consecutive defeat – and their third in a row at RFK Stadium – in a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia Union on Sunday afternoon. It’s the longest losing streak for D.C. in two seasons; the club record is six games, set over the end of the 2006 season and the start of 2007.

The Crew saw their four-game undefeated streak come to an end in rounding out their two-game road swing Saturday, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire.

Absolutely must win for Crew, but also United looking for result. Crew coach Robert Warzycha, and Columbus fans hoping for 3 points this Saturday. Typically after unlucky loss just like last one 0-1 to Fire, Crew team is able to recover and get 3 points at home. Boys in yellow are my heavy favorites to win.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Crew to WIN

 

Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers, 8:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City saw their three-game winning streak and five-game undefeated run come to an end in the back end of their bicoastal road trip, a 2-0 loss at the LA Galaxy on Saturday.

SKC saw their shutout streak come to an end after 546 minutes, the fifth-longest streak in MLS history. They had previously been scored on in a 2-1 loss at Toronto FC on March 9, also their last loss.

The Timbers equaled their MLS club record by extending their undefeated streak to five games in their 1-1 draw at San Jose, as Diego Valeri was able to return to the lineup and score after missing a game with a head injury.

The Timbers won the only meeting between the teams last year, a 1-0 win April 21 at Jeld-Wen Field that put an end to SKC’s season-opening seven-game winning streak. Sporting won both meetings between the teams in Portland’s inaugural MLS season in 2011.

Timbers had their 2 points escaped in stoppage time in their extremely unlucky 1-1 draw San Jose on Sunday. They improved their game big time this year, but can they beat Sporting in Kansas City? I doubt it. Home team has stellar defense and is my favorite to win.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Sporting to WIN

 

Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy, 9 p.m.

Making his second league start of the season, Landon Donovan recorded his first goal and first assist in the Galaxy’s 2-0 win against Sporting KC. Donovan set up the first goal by Marcelo Sarvas, then provided the capper himself.

Making his second start of the season, Javier Morales scored his first goal of the season to give Real Salt Lake a 1-0 home win vs. Chivas USA. Morales had contributed an assist the week before in his first start after a preseason knee injury.

Newcomer Olmes García made his first MLS start and helped set up the Morales goal with his first assist. He scored his first MLS goal as a substitute the week before in the 1-1 draw at Vancouver.

The visiting team won all three meetings a season ago. RSL won on both trips to The Home Depot Center to take on the Galaxy, while LA won on their lone visit to Rio Tinto Stadium. They were the first road victories in the series since 2009.

Some reports saying that Galaxy might have to play vs RSL without Robbie Keane, and perhaps Landon Donovan. The Champs have enough good youngsters to make close game vs shaky RSL, even on the road. I don’t see Galaxy loosing in Utah, and I don’t expect many goals there either.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

 

Chivas USA vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 p.m.

For a second time this season, the Earthquakes struck with late magic, getting a stoppage-time equalizer for a 1-1 home draw with Portland. The Quakes hit for an added-time winner against New York on March 10. A year ago, the Quakes won or tied eight games with goals in second-half stoppage time.

Rookie Adam Jahn scored his second late goal to give San Jose the share of the points vs. Portland. Jahn scored the first goal in the comeback win vs. New York, an 83rd-minute equalizer.

Chivas USA suffered a second consecutive 1-0 defeat, falling at Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening. Chivas has allowed a single goal in each of their last six matches.

The Quakes won the final two meetings between the teams last season, winning 4-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium (Sept. 2) and 2-0 at The Home Depot Center (Sept. 15). They had earlier played to a 1-1 draw in Santa Clara.

Chivas USA and Earthquakes have problem with creating scoring chances, we may see 2 goals at The Home Depot Center, but likely no more than that.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Sunday, April 28

Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids, 5 p.m. (UniMás)

The Rapids have a six-game undefeated streak alive against the Dynamo, Houston’s last victory in the series coming in a 1-0 win, April 19, 2009. The Rapids won the lone meeting between the teams last year, 2-0 in the regular season finale at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Warren Creavalle scored his second goal of the season to give the Dynamo a late 1-1 draw at Toronto FC. He’s now tied for the club lead in goals, along with Will Bruin, Giles Barnes and Brad Davis.

The Rapids saw their three-game undefeated streak come to an end in a 1-0 home loss to Seattle Sounders FC over the weekend. Three of Colorado’s four losses this season have come by 1-0 score lines.

Having set the MLS record for the longest home undefeated streak in all competitions, the Dynamo can set the league mark for consecutive regular season home games without defeat. Real Salt Lake went 29 home games without a loss from 2009-11.

Thus far this season, Houston Dynamo at home is money making machine, when ambitious Rapids are just OK on the road. Dynamo is one of the best teams in MLS, and they would love to win and stay perfect at home this season. They are my heavy favorites this weekend, and if there will be no miracles or 2 penalties against them or 2 red cards, I am confident they will win. 
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Dynamo to WIN

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2013 season 3632 (accuracy 52.94 % ) in picking winner, draw or OVER / UNDER results.

MLS Picks 2010 - 2012 record

MLS Picks 2010 - 2012 record

CHRIS’s PICKS in 2012 season 187133 (accuracy 58.43 % )

CHRIS’s PICKS in 2011 season 159142 (accuracy 52.82 %)

CHRIS’s PICKS in 2010 season 9782 in entire 2010 MLS season (accuracy 54.19 %) in picking winner or OVER / UNDER results.

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