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MLS Week 18 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 18 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Red hot Philadelphia Union hosting FC Dallas and “California Classico” between San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium are top games of the 18th week in Major League Soccer. Expect a good weekend for teams on the road, at least few of the visiting teams should come home victorious. California Classico will get some attention,  and around 50,000 fans on the Stanford Stadium should see good show. Below my “double play” prediction for California Classico, as well as for all other matches.

Impact, Sporting, Whitecaps and LA Galaxy all are my favorites to win their games this weekend.

Current week 19 record 00

Last 18th week of 2013 MLS season finished 63 record.

2013 MLS season record 8479 (accuracy 51.53 % ).

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Wednesday, July 3

Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact, 7 p.m. (TSN, RDS)

The teams are meeting for the second time this season in league play. First-half goals from Patrice Bernier and Marco Di Vaio sent the Impact on their way to a 2-1 win March 16 in Montréal.
The teams also met in the semifinals of the Canadian Championship. TFC won the first leg 2-0 at home, but Marco Di Vaio scored two and set up two others as the Impact won the second leg 6-0 on their way to a second Canadian national title.
Since coming to MLS, the Impact have not won in Toronto, with two losses and a draw in three meetings in all competitions at BMO Field.
The Impact allowed their most goals in an MLS game since March 31 of last year in their 4-3 home loss to Colorado last weekend. The Impact lost 5-2 at New York in that defeat in their inaugural season.
Stay away from this game if you can. Draw would be my pick, but I will not be surprised if TFC finally win some prestigious match, and vs Impact would be just one of them.

Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8:30 p.m.

For the second consecutive year, again before a crowd of better than 50,000 at Stanford Stadium, the Earthquakes overcame a two-goal deficit against their arch-rival LA Galaxy, scoring twice in stoppage time for a 3-2 win Saturday evening.Mike Magee scored for a fourth consecutive game since coming to Chicago from the LA Galaxy in the Fire’s last match, a 2-1 win at Columbus on June 22.
The Fire have not defeated the Earthquakes since 2010, when they won 3-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Quakes have won once since with a pair of draws, including a 1-1 result in last year’s lone encounter, July 28 in Santa Clara.
The teams of course met in MLS Cup 2003 at The Home Depot Center, as Landon Donovan scored twice, leading the Earthquakes to a 4-2 victory.
The Earthquakes stunning last minute win over Galaxy, sure was effective, but was a more result of a reckless play by opponent than Quakes improvement in the game. Quakes defensive line is still making too much room for opponents, and Mike Magee will have very good chance to improve his stats. I believe in more than 2 goals in this game, and almost sure Fire win.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 9 p.m.

(TSN, RDS, Univision Deportes Network)
Soony Saad uncorked nine attempts at goal – tied for the fifth-most in a single game in Kansas City club history – in Sporting’s 3-2 victory against Columbus on Saturday. Saad made his second league start of the season and recorded his second assist of the season.
Sporting are undefeated all-time against Whitecaps FC, with two victories and a draw in three meetings all-time. SKC won the lone meeting between the teams last year, 3-1 at BC Place on April 18.
Camilo Sanvezzo scored for a fourth consecutive match, converting a penalty for the lone goal in Whitecaps FC’s win against D.C. United on Saturday. Sanvezzo now has seven goals and three assists in the last six games.
Sporting getting his form, and proved in impressive 3-2 win over Crew last weekend.

Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union, 10 p.m.

Real Salt Lake won their fourth consecutive league match – one shy of their club record – in their 1-0 win at Toronto FC. RSL won five in a row in both 2010 and 2011.
Yordany Alvarez scored his first MLS goal in the win in Toronto; the goal and win in Toronto were the club’s first-ever there in four matches, and was its first win in Canada.
Union right back Sheanon Williams recorded his first career two-assist game, setting up both goals in Philadelphia’s 2-2 home draw with FC Dallas. Williams has a career-high six assists this season, his third in MLS.
Real have never lost to Union in five meetings all-time. The teams played to a scoreless draw at PPL Park in their lone meeting last season, one of three draws in the series. RSL has won both meetings all-time at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Union facing another team from top of the western conference, this time leader RSL. I don’t give visitors many chance to win this one, but it should be good game.

Seattle Sounders FC vs. D.C. United, 10 p.m.

Sounders FC return to action after a weekend off. Their last match a 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on June 22, was just the club’s second loss in the last 10 league games.
United were shut out on the attacking end for a 10th time in 17 league matches in their 1-0 home loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
The teams played to a scoreless draw in their only meeting a year ago on April 7 at RFK Stadium. The teams had split their series in each of the two previous years.
Sounders are heavy favorites to win this match. It’s really hard to imagine any other outcome here, than convincing Seattle team win and fireworks afterwords.

Thursday, July 4

FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA, 9 p.m.

Blas Perez scored the fourth-latest goal in MLS history when he netted the equalizer for FC Dallas in their 2-2 draw at Philadelphia. But it’s the second latest goal in Dallas club history–Chad Deering scored in the 99th minute for a 1-1 tie with Columbus, May 25, 2002.
Chivas USA put an end to their club record-tying seven-game winless streak in their 1-1 draw Saturday with New England at StubHub Center. Chivas is still winless in 11 league games, tied for the second-longest in club history.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Goals from Juan Agudelo, Oswaldo Minda and Giovani Casillas answered a David Ferreira strike as Chivas USA ran out 3-1 winners, March 10 in Carson.
The Chivas victory snapped a seven-game FCD undefeated streak in the all-time series. Chivas USA had last defeated FC Dallas 2-0 on April 25, 2009 at The Home Depot Center. FCD was 4-0-3 in the seven meetings in between.
The Goats will be cooked in Texas, FC Dallas will take care of business and home crowd should have explosive evening at Pizza Hut Park.

Colorado Rapids vs. New York Red Bulls, 9:30 p.m.

Tony Cascio scored the latest goal in Rapids club history, netting in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to give the club a 4-3 win at the Montréal Impact.
The Red Bulls snapped a three-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory against Houston on Sunday afternoon that pulled them within a point of Montréal for first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Red Bulls haven’t won at Colorado since a 1-0 victory July 8, 2007. The Rapids have won three of the four meetings since at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, with one draw.
The Rapids have lost just three times all-time while hosting their Independence Day extravaganza, including a 1-0 defeat by Vancouver a year ago. The annual fireworks display, billed as the best in Colorado, always draws large crowds who spur the team to perform: Eight times the game-winning goal has come in the 69th minute or later.
Rapids showed how tough they are last weekend in Montreal, Red Bulls will have hard time to get out from Colorado with a point.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Columbus Crew, 10:30 p.m.

Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane each recorded a pair of assists in the Galaxy’s dramatic 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. Donovan moved into a tie for second all-time in MLS assists with 114, level with Carlos Valderrama; Steve Ralston is the all-time leader with 135.
The Crew have not defeated the Galaxy since 2009. The Galaxy had a four-game winning streak alive in the series before the teams reached a 1-1 draw last year, Aug. 15 at Crew Stadium.
The Galaxy have a four-game home undefeated streak alive vs. Columbus dating back to 2007, with two wins and two draws in that time.
This match is a super candidate for upset and Crew win. However, just to be safe I’m more confident about scoring ability on both sides, so I will go with over 2.5 goals.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2013 season 8479 (accuracy 51.53 % ) 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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