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MLS Week 4 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 4 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Except Vancouver Whitecaps, hosting teams are expected to have very good 4th weekend. Eight teams will be looking for their first wins of the 2014 campaign, when 7 clubs will attempt to keep their undefeated status. Every team got full week of rest, so we should see some fresh guys out there, and hope to see good soccer.
Expect low scoring affairs in Colorado and Vancouver. My current 2014 season record is not very optimistic 16-31, with only 34 % accuracy, but I have been there before in last few years, and always came back to over 50%, so lets hope, I’m on track this time as well.
The Earthquakes, United, Union and FC Dallas, all are my heavy favorites to win their matches.

 

Current Week 4 record 610 (accuracy 37.5 % )

Last Week 3 record 612 (accuracy 33.33 % )

2014 MLS Predictions record 2241 (accuracy 34.92 % )

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Sunday, March 30

New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA 1-1

Chivas USA striker Erick Torres extended his goal scoring streak to three games to start the season, but saw his team go down to a 3-1 defeat at FC Dallas over the weekend.
The Red Bulls are still winless on the season (now 0-1-2) after their 1-1 draw at Chicago over the weekend. Last year, the Red Bulls opened the season 0-2-2 – and still went on to claim the Supporters’ Shield for the best regular season record in the league.
The Red Bulls haven’t defeated Chivas USA at home since 2010, when they took a 1-0 win in the first encounter between the teams at Red Bull Arena. Chivas have come away with a win and a draw in their last two trips to New York.
New York has not won at Chivas USA since 2005, a 2-0 MetroStars victory in the season finale in Chivas USA’s inaugural season. Chivas won 3-2 at home in the only meeting a year ago.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Red Bulls to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Saturday, March 29

Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City 2-3

All three Rapids goals this season have come through penalty kicks. Two have been converted (both by Vicente Sánchez); Deshorn Brown knocked home a rebound from a saved spot kick to seal Colorado’s 2-0 win vs. Portland last weekend.
Sporting won their first league match of the season, claiming a 1-0 home win vs. San Jose on Saturday. Sporting have not scored more than a goal in their five matches in all competitions this year, including a pair of 1-0 wins (also defeating Mexico’s Cruz Azul in the CONCACAF Champions League).
Sporting have not lost to the Rapids since a 2-1 Colorado win March 28, 2009 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Since then, KC is 2-0-5 vs. Colorado. The Rapids haven’t won in Kansas City since 2002.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Draw
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Houston Dynamo 2-1

The Dynamo return to action after a week off, Will Bruin scoring his third goal in two games to lead the club to a 1-0 home win vs. Montréal on March 16, their second consecutive win to start the year.
Whitecaps FC remained undefeated on the young season with a second consecutive road draw over the weekend, a scoreless result at New England.
In four meetings all-time between the clubs, the home team has won each. Whitecaps FC won 3-1 at BC Place in 2012, the last meeting in Vancouver; the Dynamo took a 2-1 win at BBVA Compass Stadium last year.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Dynamo to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers 2-1

The Timbers won the final two meetings between the teams a season ago, both in Portland, after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in the only encounter in Frisco.
The road team has never won in the series, in eight meetings all-time. The Timbers have come away with points on two of four trips to FC Dallas.
FC Dallas midfielder Michel scored directly from a free kick for a second consecutive season, capping his team’s 3-1 home win against Chivas USA over the weekend. Of FCD’s 7 goals this season, 5 have come on dead ball situations, 4 from free kicks.
After Donovan Ricketts was sent off in the Timbers’ 2-0 loss to Colorado, the first two shots Andrew Weber faced after coming on as a substitute goalkeeper were both penalty kicks. He saved the second – they were the first two spot kicks he’d faced in his MLS career – but Colorado’s Deshorn Brown scored on the rebound.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: FC Dallas to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC 3-0

Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe continued his brilliant start in MLS, scoring his third goal in two games in his club’s 1-0 home win against D.C. United on Saturday. Defoe has scored all three of TFC’s goals this season.
Real remained undefeated in club history in home openers following their 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy over the weekend. Joao Plata set up Álvaro Saborío’s goal; he now has 2 goals and 2 assists on the season.
Real took a 1-0 win at BMO Field last June 29, the only meeting between the teams, the club’s first win ever in Canada.
Since a 2-1 TFC win in the first meeting ever between the clubs, in 2007 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, RSL has won five consecutive home games in the series.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: RSL to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Columbus Crew 1-2

For the first time in the 19-year history of the club, the Crew have started a season with back-to-back victories after their 2-1 home win vs. Philadelphia last weekend.
Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor hit for his first career two-goal game – including a stunning strike from all of 35 yards – in the win vs. Philadelphia.
With Clint Dempsey serving the first of a two-game suspension handed down by the MLS Disciplinary Committee, Obafemi Martins scored his first goal of the season in Sounders FC’s 2-0 weather-delayed victory in Montréal – their first win ever against the Impact.
Sounders FC won the lone meeting between the teams a season ago, a 1-0 victory Aug. 31 at Crew Stadium – their third win in four trips all-time to Columbus.
The Crew won the last meeting between the teams at CenturyLink Field, a 2-0 victory May 23, 2012.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Sounders to WIN

San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution 1-2

The Revolution saw their season-opening goalless streak extended to 270 minutes, despite coming away with their first point of the season in a scoreless draw with Vancouver last weekend. The MLS record to start a season without scoring is 383 minutes, set by Toronto FC in 2007.
The Earthquakes lost for the first time in all competitions in their 1-0 defeat by Sporting Kansas City over the weekend. They drew with Real Salt Lake in their lone league encounter prior, and played to a pair of 1-1 draw with Mexico’s Toluca in the CONCACAF Champions League (losing the series in a penalty shootout).
The Revolution won the lone meeting between the teams a season ago, a 2-0 win at Gillette Stadium on July 6, their first win in Foxborough vs. San Jose since 2009.
The Revolution also last won at San Jose in 2009, a 1-0 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 21.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Earthquakes to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire 2-2

Jeff Larentowicz has already netted two goals in three games for the Fire, hitting for the opener in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls. That matches his goal output from a season ago; his single-season career-high is 7 goals, with Colorado in 2011.
United were shut out for a second consecutive match to open the new season over the weekend, a 1-0 loss at Toronto FC. Dating back to last season, United are in the throes of a 14-game winless streak (0-11-3), tied for the fifth-longest in MLS history.
The Fire won all three meetings between the teams a season ago, including a 3-0 win at RFK Stadium Oct. 4 in the only game there.
The Fire have won on three of their last four trips to the nation’s capital, over the last four seasons. United won 2-1 in 2012, their only home win over that time.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: D.C. United to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact 1-1

The Impact are undefeated in their last four meetings with Union, including victories in all three encounters in Montréal. Since a 2-1 Union win in the first meeting ever between the clubs, July 14, 2012 at PPL Park, Montréal is 3-0-1 in the series.
After recording his first career assist the week before, Leo Fernandes scored his first professional goal in Union’s 2-1 loss at Columbus over the weekend.
The Impact have lost three consecutive games to start the season for the first time in their MLS history. They began their inaugural campaign in 2012 with an 0-4-1 record.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Union to WIN

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CHRIS’s PICKS in 2014 season 2241 (accuracy 34.92 % ) in picking winner, draw or OVER / UNDER results.

MLS Picks 2014 record

MLS Picks 2014 record

2014 MLS season record 2241 (accuracy 34.92 % ).

Week 4 610

Week 3 612

Week 2 312

Week 1 77

MLS Picks 2010 - 2013 record

MLS Picks 2010 - 2013 record

CHRIS’s PICKS in 2013 season 211199 (accuracy 51.46 % )

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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