After breaking even in the first week of the season in my MLS Predictions, with little more ideas and confidence selected my picks for week 2. Over confident after first few matches in the first week of the season, and we took too aggressive approach is some cases for west coach games. Time to move on to week 2, where we have several interesting matches, with long waited one in Seattle. Where lucky Sounders facing remodeled version of Toronto FC. Four teams are my heavy favorites to win this weekend, but almost on all the venues we should see plenty of goals.
In terms of level, I like game in San Jose, where Earthquakes will host RSL, but don’t expect many goals there.
Philadelphia Union, Sounders, Timbers and Whitecaps are my heavy favorites to win their matches this weekend. For rest of the games, I made predictions, but with much lower confidence.
Current Week 2 record 0–0(accuracy 50.00 % )
Last Week 1 record 7–7(accuracy 50.00 % )
2014 MLS Predictions record 7–7(accuracy 50.00 % )
Picks and predictions are usually published here at least 1-2 hours before the game time.
The Rapids will open their 2014 season with Pablo Mastroeni having been named head coach of the club in the days heading into their opener. Mastroeni retired following the 2013 season, after 16 years in Major League Soccer.
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the lone goal for the Red Bulls in their 4-1 season-opening loss at Vancouver. Wright-Phillips has scored each of the last two goals New York has scored, also netting in the Red Bulls’ 2-1 loss to Houston in the second game of last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinal Series.
The Rapids have never won at Red Bull Arena. New York has won two of the three league meetings between the teams all-time in Harrison (with one draw); Colorado’s last win at New York came May 30, 2009 at Giants Stadium. CHRIS’S PREDICTION:Red Bulls to WIN CHRIS’S PREDICTION:OVER 2.5 goals
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Toronto FC, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSN, TSN, RDS2)
Sounders FC have won the last five meetings between the teams. TFC’s last win is their only one in eight all-time meetings, having come April 25, 2010 at BMO Field.
Chad Barrett scored well into stoppage time to give Sounders FC a 1-0 win against defending champion Sporting Kansas City in their season opener, the fifth time in seven wins all-time against KC that Seattle has scored the game-winner in stoppage time.
Toronto FC finally kick off their 2014 MLS season, their last preseason match coming March 7 in a 4-2 loss against Brazil’s Fluminense U-23 team at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. Michael Bradley and Dwayne De Rosario scored for TFC, which ended the tournament 0-2-2. Coach Ryan Nelsen’s squad will confront a stern test playing Sounders FC before sold-out Century Link Field, where fans loud support makes extra difficult for visiting teams. Those fans helped drive Seattle to a 1-0 opening day triumph over guarding MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City last Saturday, with Chad Barrett scoring the goal, at the very last moment of stoppage time. This time Toronto FC will need lots of luck, to get a point.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:Sounders to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:OVER 2.5 goals
Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution, 4 p.m. (UDN)
The Revolution won two of three meetings between the teams a year ago, including the last two, both at Gillette Stadium.
Union have never lost to the Revolution at PPL Park. Philadelphia is 3-0-2 on its home ground vs. New England, with victories in each of the last three encounters, over the last two seasons.
Jack McInermey started 2014 where he left off a year ago, netting Union’s lone goal in their 1-1 draw at Portland in the season opener. McInerney scored 12 goals last season.
The Revolution opened their 2014 season with a 4-0 defeat at the Houston Dynamo, the fourth time in the last eight seasons they were shut out in their season opener. CHRIS’S PREDICTION:Union to WIN
Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
The teams met just once a year ago, a 2-2 draw in Frisco. When Sporting won 2-1 in 2012 in Kansas City in the lone meeting that season, it was their first home win vs. FC Dallas since 2009.
Sporting won 1-0, first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Mexico’s Cruz Azul, Wednesday evening at Sporting Park. Kevin Ellis scored game winner.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:Sporting to WIN CHRIS’S PREDICTION:OVER 2.5 goals
Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact, 8:30 p.m.
The teams met last year in the Knockout Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Dynamo claiming a 3-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium behind a pair of goals from Will Bruin.
The Dynamo have won all four lifetime meetings in all competitions at BBVA Compass Stadium, including a 1-0 regular season victory last year.
Will Bruin scored multiple goals for the fifth time in his MLS career, getting the Dynamo’s season started off on the right foot with a pair of goals in a 4-0 season-opening victory against New England.
The Impact lost their fourth consecutive match on the road over all competitions, dating back to the end of last season, in their 3-2 season-opening defeat at FC Dallas. Sanna Nyassi and Andrew Wenger scored for Montréal. CHRIS’S PREDICTION:Dynamo to WIN CHRIS’S PREDICTION:OVER 2.5 goals
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake, 10:30 p.m.
The Quakes managed to tie 1-1 the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series on Tuesday, when they meet Toluca of Mexico at Buck Shaw Stadium. Literally last second goal by Alan Gordon, not only extended their hopes, but put entire team in the positive mood.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando against provided penalty-kick heroics to seal his team’s season-opening 1-0 win at the LA Galaxy, stopping Robbie Keane’s spot kick in stoppage time. Of 61 penalty kicks Rimando has faced all-time in league play, 20 have been saved or missed – by the far the most of any goalkeeper in MLS history.
Each team won on the other’s home ground a year ago, Real winning the lone meeting 2-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 3.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:Earthquakes to WIN CHRIS’S PREDICTION:UNDER 2.5 goals
Sunday, March 16
Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire, 3 p.m. (UniMás)
The Timbers have won both meetings all-time between the clubs in Portland, the last a 2-1 victory in 2012.
Young newcomer Benji Joya scored in the first minute of his MLS career, coming off the substitute’s bench to net a goal in the 64th minute in the Fire’s 3-2 season-opening loss at Chivas USA.
Gastón Fernández scored the late stoppage-time equalizer in his MLS debut to give Portland a last-gasp 1-1 draw with Philadelphia in their season opener Saturday at Providence Park. CHRIS’S PREDICTION:Timbers to WIN CHRIS’S PREDICTION:OVER 2.5 goals
Chivas USA vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7 p.m.
Defender Bobby Burling scored the second goal of his seven-year MLS career – his first since 2010, when he scored for the San Jose Earthquakes – to give Chivas USA a late 3-2 victory against the Chicago Fire in their season opener.
Whitecaps FC striker Kenny Miller scored a pair of goals – his second career two-goal game in MLS – to lead the club to a fourth consecutive win to open their season in a 4-1 triumph against New York.
Chivas USA won 2-1 last March 30 in Carson in the first meeting between the teams, their only victory in eight all-time matches against Whitecaps FC.
Chivas USA have never won at BC Place. Whitecaps FC have won two of the three encounters all-time there (with one draw). CHRIS’S PREDICTION:Whitecaps to WIN CHRIS’S PREDICTION:OVER 2.5 goals