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MLS Week 10 – Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 10 – Preview, Picks and Predictions

Thursday night scoreless match in Portland started my 10th week of MLS predictions. Timbers were my favorites to win, and I suggested double play in that game with over. Well when you watched the game, you know that my anticipation had some sense, because they created enough chances to score 5 goals, but they fail to score even one.

Time to recover some losses, and double play in Kansas City should make things even. Sporting, RSL, Sounders and Rapids, all are favorites to win their matches this weekend. Yes, Rapids too. I thought before the season that I never gonna write Rapids as favorites, but this time they should be able to cash 3 points on devastated Toronto FC. Good luck to everyone and play responsibly.

Current record 02 in my 10th week of MLS predictions.

Last 9th week of 2013 MLS season finished 45 record.

2013 MLS season record 4039 (accuracy 50.63 % ).

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Saturday, May 4

Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m. (NBCSN)

Dominic Oduro scored his team-leading fourth goal and center back Josh Williams added his third of the season to lead the Crew to a 3-0 victory Saturday vs. D.C. United.

Tim Cahill scored both Red Bulls goals in their 2-1 win at Toronto FC–his first goals since scoring his only previous league goal on Aug. 19, 2012 vs. Portland.

The Red Bulls have won back-to-back games, their first consecutive victories since last Aug. 10-19, when they defeated Portland and Houston, a span of 19 MLS games.

Columbus has not defeated New York since the 2010 season. The Red Bulls won both meetings a year ago–a 4-1 win at Crew Stadium and a 3-1 win at Red Bull Arena. They are 2-0-2 in the last four meetings.

Looking recent history, the Crew are not having good time playing Red Bulls, but this year they a lot stronger than last season, and we should expect good spectacle. The Crew  showed some offensive spark in their last game, and I would say their offense is one of the best in the league. I’m giving Columbus side more chances to win, but I’m more confident to see more than 2 goals at Crew Stadium.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact, 4 p.m.

Marco Di Vaio scored his fourth goal in the last five games, sending the Impact on their way to a 2-0 win against Chicago on Saturday. Di Vaio has eight goals in his last 15 games dating back to last year.

During Saturday’s win, Impact supporters held a moment of silence and displayed banners protesting the team’s 2-0 loss to Toronto FC in the first leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal. The return match is set for Wednesday at Stade Saputo.

Shea Salinas set both San Jose goals in the comeback draw vs. Chivas, his fourth two-assist game in six MLS seasons.

The Impact won the only meeting between the clubs in Montréal’s inaugural MLS season, a 3-1 victory Aug. 18 at Stade Saputo.

The Earthquakes have both their strikers Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart suspended for this game, so likely youngster Adam Jahn will start. Don’t think that these suspensions are Quakes disadvantage, Adam Jahn scored already 2 important goals this season, when Gordon and Lenhart will be looking for the first one when they come back from suspensions.

The Earthquakes are now winless in five games after last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Chivas USA. This is their longest winless run since their 13-game streak from June 17-Aug. 27, 2011. Yes we remember that one.

There is nothing  convincing me they can beat one of the strongest team in MLS. Montreal Impact with some rotations in their lineup just beat Toronto FC 6-0 last Wednesday. Not to scare anybody in San Jose, but beating such strong team as Impact could be really difficult for struggling Earthquakes. I don’t see Impact loosing this match, and 0-0, 1-1 draw is very possible at Buck Shaw Stadium where temperature at game time should be around 90 degree. Yes Quakes scored 2 goals against Chivas USA last week, but with all the respect The Goats defense vs Impact that’s like comparing Toyota Prius to Ferrari. Quality in defense is a main reason why Impact is on the top of Eastern Conference.  That being said, I don’t expect high scoring game either.


Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 4 p.m.

Sounders FC return to action after a weekend off. Their last match, a 1-0 win at Colorado on April 20, was their first win of the season.

Seattle Designated Player Obafemi Martins scored his first MLS goal in the victory over Colorado.

The Union were shut out for the first time this season in their 2-0 defeat at New England over the weekend. Only FC Dallas and Portland have scored in every game this season.

The Union are undefeated lifetime at PPL Park vs. Sounders FC. They have a win and a draw in two meetings, including a 3-1 triumph in the first game ever on the Chester waterfront.

They played only 6 games, but Sounders are on the bottom of the Western Conference, and that’s unacceptable for so many, not only from Seattle. Good things is when Sigi’ Schmid teams starts winning, they getting use to. Union lost last week to Revolution, and I don’t see them rebounding this weekend. Sounders should be able to win, perhaps 1-0.

Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 9 p.m.

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. A Camilo Sanvezzo penalty kick in the 84th minute canceled out a goal from RSL’s Olmes García earlier in the second half, resulting in a 1-1 draw April 13, at BC Place.

Whitecaps FC saw their winless streak extended to six games despite coming back for a late 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday at BC Place.

18-year-old Kekuta Manneh, the fourth overall selection in this year’s SuperDraft, scored his first professional goal and added his first assist, bringing Whitecaps FC back from a two-goal deficit vs. FC Dallas.

Whitecaps FC will have a home game midweek. They look to advance to the final of the Canadian Championship after defeating FC Edmonton 3-2 in the first leg of their semifinal series.

Real will conclude a three-game homestand with the visit from Vancouver. RSL lost for the first time at home this season in a 2-0 defeat by the LA Galaxy on Saturday.

Knowing Jason Kreis coaching methods and stuff, after disappointing loss to Galaxy last week, RSL team will be ready for the WhiteCaps. Utah team is one of my big favorites this weekend.

Colorado Rapids vs. Toronto FC, 9 p.m.

Toronto FC have a four-game undefeated streak vs. Colorado. They have not lost in the series since April 18, 2010. All three Rapids victories against TFC have come at home; Colorado is 0-6-0 lifetime at BMO Field.

TFC will head to Colorado after a midweek trip to Montréal, where they bring a two-goal advantage into the second leg of their Canadian Championship semifinal against the Impact.

For a third consecutive game, Toronto FC saw the deciding goal scored in the 89th minute or later. The New York Red Bulls claimed a late 2-1 win Saturday at BMO Field. Previously, Philadelphia and Houston scored late equalizers against Toronto. TFC is now winless in their last 11 league home games.

Rapids defender Drew Moor kept his streak alive after scoring in the 1-1 draw Sunday at Houston. He has now scored in eight consecutive seasons. Moor has only failed to score a goal in his 2005 rookie season.

Toronto FC got crushed 0-6 last Wednesday, by Montreal Impact in Canadian Open Cup. Coach Ryan Nelsen will face another challenge on Saturday evening, I believe putting things together after last two losses will take Nelly longer than few days. Rapids will take full home advantage, and they should be a lot fresher as well.

Sunday, May 5

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chivas USA, 5 p.m. (UniMas)

Sporting have a four-game undefeated streak vs. Chivas USA, having not lost in the series since July 10, 2010. Sporting have won their last three trips to The Home Depot Center to play Chivas.

Chivas USA put an end to a two-game losing streak and two-game shutout streak in their 2-2 draw with San Jose at The Home Depot Center on Saturday.

Tristan Bowen scored his first goal since the 2010 season in the Chivas draw. Bowen netted twice that season for the LA Galaxy, where he broke in as a Homegrown Player in 2009.

Chance Myers, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2008 SuperDraft, scored the first two goals of his MLS career in Sporting’s 3-2 home loss to Portland on Saturday evening.

You never know with these Goats, but I don’t think Sporting can afford not to win this game. They lost last match to Timbers at home 2-3, and they will unload their frustration on these poor Goats. I will suggest double play in this match, means Sporting win and over 2 goals.

LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

It’s a rematch of the last two MLS Cups–the Galaxy won 1-0 in MLS Cup 2011, and 3-1 in MLS Cup 2012. Both were played at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy have defeated the Dynamo in their last six meetings at The Home Depot Center in all competitions. Houston’s last win against the Galaxy in Carson came in 2007, a 3-1 triumph.

On a night when Charlie Rugg scored his first professional goal, Mike Magee also netted to take over the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his sixth goal.  The Galaxy won 2-0 at Real Salt Lake.

Brian Rowe made his full professional debut in goal for the Galaxy, making seven saves in the win at RSL. Rowe had made just one first-team appearance with the club, playing 45 minutes in a friendly vs. Tottenham Hotspur last season.

The Dynamo set an MLS record with their 30th consecutive league match without a loss in their 1-1 draw Sunday with the Colorado Rapids at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Dynamo will be without playmaker Brad Davis for the MLS Cup Final rematch, after he was sent off late in the draw with Colorado.

This could be game of the weekend, but outcome should be traditional. Dynamo chances winning on The Home Depot center are limited, they will stay in the game, but eventually Galaxy likely will find the way to win.

Thursday, May 3

Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution 0-0

Referee: Jair Marrufo, Attendance: 20674


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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2013 season 4039 (accuracy 50.63 % ) 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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