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MLS Week 24 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 24 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Sounders, Union, Sporting all favorites won their games on Saturday, which helped to finish with 61 record my 24th Saturday of the season. I was just 1 goal short in Columbus from perfect Saturday.

Rapids are my favorites to win their Sunday match. The Galaxy should be able to get 3 points in Dallas, but I’m more confident in at least 3 goals there.

Current week 24 record 61

Last 23rd week of 2013 MLS season finished with 56 record.

2013 MLS season record 116109 (accuracy 51.56 % ).

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

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Sunday, August 11

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

For the first time in club history, FC Dallas have gone five consecutive league matches without scoring a goal following their 3-0 loss at Seattle Sounders FC. FCD has now gone 450 minutes wihtout hitting the back of the net in league play, the ninth-longest streak in MLS history.
The Galaxy return to league play coming off a third consecutive defeat away from StubHub Center, a 2-0 loss at Colorado on July 27.
In the Galaxy’s 2-1 victory against Italian side Juventus in Saturday’s friendly at Dodger Stadium, Robbie Keane played for the first time since July 13 and scored a goal. The Galaxy face a match in Miami against AC Milan before their league game in Frisco.
The teams are meeting for a third time this season. George John scored the game’s only goal on a late header for an FC Dallas home win on April 13. Marcelo Sarvas and Hector Jimenez scored second-half goals to give the Galaxy a 2-0 home win July 7.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Chivas USA vs. Colorado Rapids, 11 p.m. (UniMas)

The Rapids extended their undefeated streak to seven games – their longest since a club-record nine-game run in 2011 – in winning the Rocky Mountain Cup for the first time since 2006 following a 2-2 home draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Making his third consecutive start in his return to MLS following nearly a 10-year absence, Carlos Bocanegra was sent off during Chivas USA’s 2-0 loss at San Jose on Saturday.
The teams are meeting for a third time this season, and the Rapids have won both previous matches while not allowing a goal. A Deshorn Brown penalty kick was enough for a 1-0 win April 13 in Carson, and Atiba Harris and Nate Sturgis scored in a 2-0 May 25 victory.
The Rapids have not lost to Chivas USA since March 21, 2009, going 8-0-2 in the 10 matches since. The Rapids have won on each of their last four visits to take on Chivas in Carson over the past four seasons.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Rapids to WIN

Saturday, August 10

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2-1

Toronto FC have won back-to-back games in MLS play for the first time since last July 11-18, when they defeated Vancouver, New England and Colorado in succession.
Marcus Hahnemann appeared in an MLS league match for the first time since June 26, 1999 when he backstopped Sounders FC’s 3-0 victory against FC Dallas on Saturday evening. The 14 years, 1 month and 8 days between appearances is an MLS record.
After being introduced to the CenturyLink Field crowd before the FC Dallas match as the club’s newest Designated Player, Clint Dempsey is expected to make his Sounders FC debut in Toronto. Dempsey last appeared in MLS in 2006, with the New England Revolution.
Sounders FC have won four games in a row against Toronto FC, including a 3-1 victory last year at CenturyLink Field in the only meeting between the teams. TFC’s only win in the all-time series came in 2010 at BMO Field.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 2 Sounders to WIN

Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls 2-0

Fabian Espíndola scored his third goal in the last two games as the Red Bulls won for the fourth time in six contests in a 3-2 victory at Sporting KC. New York is now in first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Crew lost for a third consecutive match and the sixth time in their last seven in a 3-1 defeat at the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. They met twice four weeks earlier, a Tim Cahill goal the only score in a Red Bulls win May 4 in Columbus, and an equalizer from New York’s Jamison Olave in stoppage time for a 2-2 draw May 26 at Red Bull Arena.
Columbus has not defeated New York since the 2010 season. The Red Bulls are 3-0-3 in the last six meetings in the series.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes 2-0

Chris Wondolowski scored a pair of goals, his first league goals since May 8 and his first multiple-goal game this season, giving the Earthquakes a third consecutive victory Saturday vs. Chivas USA.
Fullback Jordan Harvey scored his fourth goal of the season – his career-high in his eight MLS seasons – but Whitecaps FC had their winless run stretched to three games in a 1-1 draw with Portland.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski and Vancouver’s Corey Hertzog traded goals as the teams ended in a 1-1 draw April 6 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Whitecaps FC have not lost to the Earthquakes in Vancouver; the Quakes have not lost to Vancouver in their three home matches.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 WhiteCaps to WIN

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United 2-0

Luis Silva scored for a third consecutive match since joining D.C. United, and Homegrown Player Jared Jeffrey scored his first professional goal in the club’s first MLS win since June 22–a 3-1 victory Saturday against Montréal.
Union lost at PPL Park for the first time since May 15 in a 2-1 defeat by the Chicago Fire on Saturday. Sebastien Le Toux recorded his league-leading 10th assist of the season.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season in league play. Jack McInerney scored a pair of goals to pace Union to a 3-2 victory April 21 at RFK Stadium.
The teams also met in the U.S. Open Cup for a third consecutive year, United getting a hat trick from Dwayne De Rosario for a 3-1 fourth-round victory on June 12 at the Maryland Soccerplex.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Union to WIN

Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact 2-1

Mike Magee regained the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings with his 14th goal–the game-winner for a 2-1 win at Philadelphia on Saturday. It was his eighth goal in 10 games since coming to Chicago
Jeb Brovsky scored his first goal in his professional career, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Impact from a 3-1 defeat at D.C. United on Saturday.
The Impact face the San Jose Earthquakes in the CONCACAF Champions League midweek at Stade Saputo, one of two CCL games involving MLS clubs.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Andres Romero and Marco Di Vaio scored second-half goals to lead the Impact to a 2-0 victory April 27 at Stade Saputo.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution 3-0

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. They reached a scoreless draw March 23 at Gillette Stadium.
Sporting are unbeaten in their last five meetings overall with the Revolution, and have a 412-minute shutout streak alive vs. the Revolution. Their last goal conceded in the series was on July 30, 2011. New England hasn’t won in Kansas City since 2008.
Dom Dwyer scored his first MLS goal, but Sporting still suffered their second consecutive defeat overall – and their fourth Sporting Park loss this year – in a 3-2 reversal by New York on Saturday.
Before the league match, Sporting face a tricky trip to Nicaragua to face Real Estelí in their first CONCACAF Champions League match.
The Revolution saw a two-game winning streak come to an end, but lost for the second consecutive match at Gillette Stadium, in a 1-0 Toronto FC triumph on Sunday evening.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Sporting to WIN

Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo 1-0

Alvaro Saborío scored his fourth goal in the last three games – converting a penalty kick following an hour-long lightning delay – but later left injured during RSL’s 2-2 draw Saturday at Colorado.
Will Bruin scored his first goal since May 8 and Brad Davis his first since May 26 as the Dynamo defeated Columbus 3-1 on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Their undefeated streak is now extended to four games.
Real last defeated Houston on May 13, 2010, a 3-1 win at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Dynamo have won two of three meetings since, including a 1-0 win last Sept. 6 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
RSL is 0-8-1 lifetime in Houston. Earlier this year, Real won for the first time ever in the state of Texas after 22 games in a 3-0 victory against FC Dallas on July 13.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 RSL to WIN

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2013 season 116109 (accuracy 51.56 % ) 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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