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MLS Week 27 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 27 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Both my favorites WhiteCaps and Fire failed to win on Sunday, and these two losses made my week 27 record even 6-6.

Current week 27 record 66

Last 26th week of 2013 MLS season finished with 76 record.

2013 MLS season record 135126 (accuracy 51.72 % ).

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Sunday, September 1

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo 1-1

The Dynamo allowed a club-record five goals in their defeat by the Montréal Impact on Saturday at Stade Saputo. They had allowed four goals on three occasions since coming into the league in 2006 – including in a 4-2 loss to the Impact on June 23.
Hunter Jumper scored his first professional goal in just his second career MLS appearance, leading the Fire to their third consecutive home victory, a 1-0 triumph Friday against Sporting Kansas City.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. A late Brad Davis goal snapped a 1-1 tie to give the Dynamo the victory, April 14 at BBVA Compass Stadium; on July 27, Chicago’s Mike Magee and Houston’s Cam Weaver traded goals two minutes apart to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw in Houston.
In league play, the Dynamo last won in Bridgeview in 2009. The Fire won at Robertson Stadium in 2006 and 2007 in their first two trips ever to Houston – and have not won there since.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Fire to WIN

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Chivas USA 2-2

Erick Torres scored his third and fourth goals in six games since coming to Chivas USA on loan from CD Guadalajara, giving the club its second win in that time, a 3-2 victory Sunday vs. New York at StubHub Center.
Whitecaps FC have been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time this season following their 1-0 home loss to the LA Galaxy on Saturday.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. An own goal and a goal from Eric Avila led Chivas USA to a 2-1 victory March 30 in Carson; Camilo Sanvezzo scored twice and Jordan Harvey added a third in a 3-1 Whitecaps FC win June 19 at BC Place.
Chivas USA have won just once all-time in the series, in seven meetings all-time.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 WhiteCaps to WIN

Saturday, August 31

Columbus Crew vs. Seattle Sounders FC 0-1

Sounders FC hit the road off a 1-0 Cascadia Cup home win vs. Portland that drew a crowd of 67,385, the second-largest standalone crowd in MLS history and the largest soccer crowd in Seattle history. It was also the third-largest soccer crowd in the world last weekend.
Eddie Johnson scored his second goal in the last four matches for Sounders FC, who extended their undefeated streak at CenturyLink Field to a club-record 10 games.
After scoring four goals in the previous two matches – all of the Crew’s goals in back-to-back 2-0 wins – Federico Higuaín was sent off late in the 4-0 loss at Real Salt Lake and will miss the Seattle match through suspension.
The Crew have never defeated Sounders FC in Columbus. Seattle won its first two visits to Crew Stadium, in 2009 and 2010; the teams reached a 1-1 draw there in 2011.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 2 Sounders to WIN

Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact 0-0

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Marco Di Vaio had a hat trick before the first half was complete, leading the Impact to a 5-3 victory May 25 at Stade Saputo.
The teams are coming off five-goal games – in opposite directions. The Impact scored five goals for the second time this season – after the first meeting with Philadelphia – in a 5-0 win vs. Houston. Union conceded five goals for the second time this season in a 5-1 loss at New England.
Marco Di Vaio scored two goals in a game for the second consecutive match to take over the lead in the MLS Golden Boot standings, now with 15 goals, one more than Chicago’s Mike Magee. They are Di Vaio’s first goals following a six-game goalless run from July 7-Aug. 10.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United 2-1

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave scored first-half goals to lead the Red Bulls to a 2-0 win April 13 at RFK Stadium; they played to a scoreless draw March 16 at Red Bull Arena.
The teams have a rich history against each other, dating back to the league’s inaugural season, when United defeated the then-MetroStars in the MLS Cup Playoffs. They’ve met 73 times in all competitions over the years; New York has won 23 and United have won 39, including a 6-1-2 record in the postseason.
Dwayne De Rosario scored his first goal since June 15 – and his first from open play since May 11 – in D.C. United’s 1-1 home draw with Toronto FC on Saturday.
Thierry Henry was credited with a pair of assists in the Red Bulls’ 3-2 loss at Chivas USA, his fourth multiple-assist game since coming to MLS.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Red Bulls to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids 2-1

The Rapids return to action after a weekend off, extending their undefeated streak to nine games in their last match, a 2-0 win vs. Vancouver. It matches the longest undefeated streak in club history, equaling the mark set April 30-June 11, 2011.
Newly-signed Designated Player Vicente Sánchez recorded his first MLS assist in the win vs. Vancouver, setting up the seventh goal of the season for Deshorn Brown, most among MLS rookies.
Sporting have been shut out in back-to-back games for the second time this season (also: March 16-23), both in 1-0 defeats (to San Jose and Chicago), and have lost four of their last five games.
The Rapids have not won at Kansas City since 2002, a 2-1 win at Arrowhead Stadium. Sporting have won seven of the 11 meetings since with four draws.
Kansas City hasn’t won in Colorado since 2004, a 3-1 win at Invesco Field at Mile High. All-time at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Rapids have won two of the six meetings, with four draws, including a 2-2 result last May 19 in the only meeting between the teams.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes 3-0

Landon Donovan scored his fourth goal over the last three matches and now has 131 for his MLS league career – three away from the all-time record held by Jeff Cunningham – after the Galaxy’s 1-0 win at Vancouver on Saturday night.
Steven Beitashour scored his first goal in MLS since April 24, 2010 – his third professional match – in San Jose’s 2-2 draw at FC Dallas on Saturday. Beitashour has a goal and three assists over the last eight matches.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. It was yet another wild California Clasico June 29 at Stanford Stadium, as Shea Salinas and Alan Gordon each scored in stoppage time with the Earthquakes a man down, leading to a 3-2 San Jose victory.
The Earthquakes have an eight-game league unbeaten streak alive at home against the Galaxy, now across three stadiums. The streak started Aug. 3, 2008, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 1 Galaxy to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Friday, August 30

Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution 1-1

The Revolution scored five goals for a second time this season in their victory Sunday vs. Philadelphia Union, also netting five in a 5-0 win vs. the LA Galaxy on June 8.Juan Agudelo scored two goals vs. Union, his second career two-goal game, also scoring two goals for the New York Red Bulls, vs. Toronto FC on June 6, 2011. Agudelo has three goals in the last two games.
Matt Reis allowed his first goal in four starts this season. It was his first goal conceded since last Sept. 15, ending a 347-minute personal shutout streak.
Bobby Convey scored his first goal since coming to Toronto FC in the 1-1 draw with D.C. United on Saturday at RFK Stadium.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Goals from Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo gave the Revolution a 2-0 victory on May 25 at Gillette Stadium, then Matias Laba scored the game’s lone goal after two minutes for a Toronto FC victory Aug. 4 in Foxborough. The Revolution have never won at BMO Field, with two losses and four draws in six all-time visits.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: 2 Revolution to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers 4-2

Kyle Beckerman scored two goals in a game for the second time in his 14-year MLS career, as RSL equaled their season-high with four goals in the weekend win vs. Columbus. Beckerman also scored twice April 12, 2008, for RSL vs. D.C. United.
The Timbers saw their road winless streak extended to six games in a 1-0 loss at arch-rival Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. The Timbers are undefeated in their last 10 games in Portland.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season, within a nine-day span. They reached a wild 3-3 draw Aug. 21 at Jeld-Wen Field as Cole Grossman scored deep in stoppage time to pull a 10-man RSL back into a 3-3 draw.
The Timbers have won once in six league meetings all-time – a 1-0 win in the first encounter between the clubs, April 30, 2011 in Portland.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2013 season 135126 (accuracy 51.72 % ) 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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