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MLS Week 21 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 21 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Both Wednesday’s games ended exactly as predicted, and I had perfect start into 21st week of my MLS predictions. Unless the Crew offense explodes, this should be very low scoring Saturday.

Impact and RSL are my favorites to win their matches, expect some goals in Philadelphia, and possible upset in Los Angeles where red hot Whitecaps visiting Galaxy.

keep in mind that many teams have starters missing, because they are representing their respective countries in CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. Complete list of missing players you will find below.

Current week 21 record 20

Last 20th week of 2013 MLS season finished 5record.

2013 MLS season record 979(accuracy 51.05 % ).

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

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Saturday, July 20

Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m. (TSN, RDS2)

The teams are playing for the second time this season. Tim Cahill scored a pair of goals – including the game-winner in the 89th minute – to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory on April 27 at BMO Field.
The Red Bulls have an eight-game undefeated streak alive (6-0-2) vs. Toronto FC, dating back to June 24, 2009, a 2-0 TFC win at BMO Field. The Red Bulls have won their last four home games vs. TFC, and have won all three meetings lifetime at Red Bull Arena.
Thierry Henry scored his seventh goal of the season, and also set up a pair of others in the Red Bulls 4-0 victory against Montréal that left the teams tied for second in the Eastern Conference. For Henry, it was his third career multiple-assist game in MLS; one came in his league debut in 2010 when he recorded two assists, and the other when had three in a game in a victory against Toronto FC on Sept. 29.
Peguy Luyundula scored his first MLS goal in the Red Bulls’ 4-0 win against Montréal, netting from the penalty spot.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids, 4 p.m.

Sounders FC return home after being shut out for a third consecutive road match, falling 1-0 to the San Jose Earthquakes last weekend at Buck Shaw Stadium. Sounders FC are riding a four-game home winning streak.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Obafemi Martins scored the game’s only goal in the first half to lead Sounders FC to victory, April 20 in Commerce City.
Sounders FC have won seven consecutive meetings between the teams, dating back to the 2010 season. They have won eight of 10 league matches in the series, with one draw. Sounders FC have won all five meetings lifetime in Seattle.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Montreal Impact vs. FC Dallas, 7 p.m.

FC Dallas were shut out for a third consecutive match last weekend, as Real Salt Lake won for the first time ever in the state of Texas with a 3-0 victory in Frisco.
FC Dallas also saw their current league winless streak extended to seven games in the loss to RSL, their longest since a 13-game winless run that stretched from April 21 to July 7 last season. It was also their first home loss in 14 league games, dating back to last August.
The Impact had their current winless stretch extended to a season-long four games in a 4-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Montréal has allowed 12 goals in those four matches.
FC Dallas won the lone meeting between the teams in Montréal’s inaugural season, a 2-1 come-from-behind win in Frisco behind late goals from Blas Pérez and Brek Shea.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Impact to WIN

Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 p.m.

The Timbers allowed their first MLS goal at home since March 9, but still came back to defeat the LA Galaxy on Saturday. The goal was the first allowed at Jeld-Wen Field in 586 minutes–the third-longest home shutout streak in MLS history.
Diego Valeri had his third two-assist game, setting both goals vs. LA. He has six assists on the season; his assists have come in wins vs. Sporting KC (April 27), Chivas USA (May 12) and the LA Galaxy.
Conor Casey scored his fifth goal in the last six matches to seal the Union’s 3-1 home win against Chivas USA on Friday evening that stopped a three-game winless run.
The Timbers are unbeaten against the Union, with two victories and a draw. Portland has won both encounters lifetime at Jeld-Wen Field, including a 3-1 victory last year in the only contest between the clubs.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.

The Crew return to action after putting a three-game losing slide to an end in their last match, a 1-0 home win vs. Portland on July 7 that also snapped the Timbers’ 15-game undefeated streak.
The Crew started three Homegrown Players in the win vs. Portland –Matt Lampson, Wil Trapp and Chad Barson. Lampson recorded his first career shutout in the victory.
Bernardo Anor has scored goals in back-to-back games for the Crew – both on headers, and both on Federico Higuaín set-piece services.
The Revolution haven’t won in Columbus in three years, since a 1-0 victory on the final day of the 2009 season that gave them a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Crew have won their last three home games in the series.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United, 8:30 p.m.

After a six-game undefeated streak, the Fire have now lost back-to-back games after their 3-1 defeat at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday.
D.C. United were shut out at the attacking end for a third consecutive match in their last game, a scoreless draw at the Colorado Rapids on July 7. United have scored two goals in their last eight games – both on penalty kicks. Their last goal from open play came May 19.
The teams are playing for the second time this season. An own goal and Mike Magee’s first league goal in a Fire uniform gave Chicago a 2-0 victory, June 2 at Toyota Park.
The victory in the first meeting this year was the first for the Fire at home vs. United since a 1-0 win in 2006. United had won three of their seven trips to Toyota Park in between, with four draws.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City, 10 p.m.

Real Salt Lake extended their undefeated streak to nine games with an historic victory, winning for the first time ever in 22 games in Texas with a 3-0 defeat of FC Dallas on Saturday.
Javier Morales scored a goal and set up two others in the win against FC Dallas. Morales has three goals and six assists over the last six games.
Soony Saad recorded his first career two-goal game in MLS, and scored his first league goals since his rookie season of 2011, in Sporting KC’s t 3-0 win Saturday against Toronto FC. The win extended their undefeated streak to five games.
The road team hasn’t won in the series since 2009, when each team won on the other’s home ground in their two meetings. Sporting took a 1-0 victory at home last year in the only meeting between the teams.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 RSL to WIN

LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10:30 p.m.

Whitecaps FC remain the only team still undefeated at home in MLS play this season after their 3-1 win against the Chicago Fire on Sunday. Whitecaps FC are 7-0-3 at BC Place.
Camilo Sanvezzo took over the leadership of the MLS Golden Boot standings with his 11th and 12th goals of the season. While Sanvezzo saw his five-game goalscoring streak come to an end the week before, he has still scored nine goals in the last seven games.
Marcelo Sarvas scored for a second consecutive match and the third time in the last four games, though the Galaxy had their two-game winning streak put to an end in a 2-1 loss Saturday at Portland.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Russell Teibert scored a pair of goals – his first career MLS goals – to lead Whitecaps FC to a 3-1 victory May 11 at BC Place. It was the first Whitecaps FC victory ever against the Galaxy, after five winless league meetings all-time (0-4-1) where LA had outscored Vancouver 14-2.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Wednesday, July 17

Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution 2-1

The Revolution haven’t won in Colorado in a decade, since a 2-1 win June 15, 2002. Since then, the Rapids have won five times at home, with five draws, in the all-time series. They have never lost to New England at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (2-0-3).
The Revolution snapped a four-year winless streak against the Rapids last year in the only meeting between the teams, a 2-1 win May 2 at Gillette Stadium. The Rapids had won three times, with five draws, since a Revolution win in 2007.
Saer Sene has scored goals in back-to-back games, and has all three of his league goals in the last six matches, after netting in New England’s 2-1 home loss to Houston over the weekend.
The Rapids return to action after having their two-game winning streak snapped in their last match, a scoreless draw July 7 with D.C. United at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Rapids to WIN

Chivas USA vs. Toronto FC 1-0

Chivas USA come into the game after seeing their winless streak extended to 14 games in a 3-1 loss at Philadelphia Union on Friday night. It is one game shy of the club record and is tied for the third-longest winless run in MLS history. It also matches the longest ever contained within a single season.
Toronto FC had their current winless streak extended to four games in their last match, a 3-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City. They have now only won twice in their last 32 league matches.
Chivas USA haven’t lost to Toronto FC in the last four meetings between the clubs. They have three wins in that time, including a 1-0 victory in the only meeting a season ago, April 14 at BMO Field.
Chivas USA have won all five meetings in the series played in Carson. TFC has scored just once in those games, that goal coming in a 3-1 loss in 2008. They are now 330 minutes without a road goal vs. Chivas.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

MLS Players Participating in Gold Cup (By Club)
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson (USA)
Chivas USA:Steven Purdy (ESV)
Columbus Crew:Jairo Arrieta (CRC)
FC Dallas:Blas Perez (PAN)
D.C. United:Bill Hamid (USA), Kyle Porter (CAN)
Houston Dynamo:Corey Ashe (USA), Will Bruin (USA)
Sporting Kansas City:Mechack Jerome (HAI), Peterson Joseph (HAI)
LA Galaxy:Landon Donovan (USA)
New York Red Bulls:Roy Miller (CRC)
Philadelphia Union:Keon Daniel (TRI), Jack McInerney (USA)
Portland Timbers:Will Johnson (CAN), Frederic Piquionne (MTQ), Rodney Wallace (CRC)
Real Salt Lake:Kyle Beckerman (USA), Tony Beltran (USA), Nick Rimando (USA), Álvaro Saborío (CRC)
San Jose Earthquakes: Marvin Chavez (HON), Clarence Goodson (USA), Chris Wondolowski (USA)
Toronto FC:Kyle Bekker (CAN), Doneil Henry (CAN), Ashtone Morgan (CAN), Jonathan Osorio (CAN)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC:Carlyle Mitchell (TRI), Russell Teibert (CAN), Simon Thomas (CAN)
MLS Players Participating in Gold Cup (By Country):
Canada: Kyle Bekker (TOR), Doneil Henry (TOR), Will Johnson (POR), Ashtone Morgan (TOR), Jonathan Osorio (TOR), Kyle Porter (CAN), Russell Teibert (VAN), Simon Thomas (VAN).
Costa Rica:Jairo Arrieta (CLB), Roy Miller (NY), Álvaro Saborío (RSL), Rodney Wallace (POR).
El Salvador:Steven Purdy (CHV).
Haiti:Mechack Jerome (KC), Peterson Joseph (KC).
Honduras:Marvin Chavez (SJ).
Martinique: Frederic Piquionne (POR).
Panama:Blas Pérez (DAL).
Trinidad and Tobago:Keon Daniel (TRI), Carlyle Mitchell (VAN).
USA:Corey Ashe (HOU), Kyle Beckerman (RSL), Tony Beltran (RSL), Will Bruin (USA), Landon Donovan (LA), Clarence Goodson (USA), Bill Hamid (DC), Sean Johnson (CHI), Jack McInerney (PHI), Nick Rimando (RSL), Chris Wondolowski (SJ)

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2013 season 9793 (accuracy 51.05 % ) 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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