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MLS Week 6 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 6 Preview, Picks and Predictions

We should have some fun during 6th weekend of the MLS season. Entertaining, high scoring games expected in Portland and Dallas, but also plenty of attention will be on San Jose, where the Earthquakes hosting Crew on Sunday.

Five teams, the Fire, Red Bulls, Impact, Timbers and Earthquakes (played only 3 games) are still winless this year, but this list about to become little shorter this weekend.

The Galaxy, Timbers and Toronto FC are my favorites to win their matches this weekend. In Dallas and other games, we should see some goals, but it’s extremely hard to pick the winner.
I’m not even 38% in my accuracy this season, but I have been their before. I’m not blaming my self for my predictions, but the players, and often referees, most of the time is their fault. 🙂

However, despite poor start of the campaign, I’m confident trough the season, I should be able to get back to over 50%.

Current Week 6 record 512 (accuracy 29.41 % )

Last Week 5 record 79 (accuracy 37.5 % )

2014 MLS Predictions record 3462 (accuracy 35.41 % )

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Sunday, April 13

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew 1-1

The Quakes return to league play following a weekend off, still looking for a first victory on the season. They lost 2-1 to New England on March 29 in their last MLS match, Chris Wondolowski scoring his second goal of the season.
The Crew suffered their first loss of the young season last weekend, dropping a 2-0 decision to Toronto FC at Crew Stadium after three wins in their first three games under head coach Gregg Berhalter.
The teams have played to three consecutive draws. The last team to win in the series was San Jose, running out 3-0 victors on May 14, 2011 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Crew haven’t defeated the Quakes at home since 2009, the teams have reached draws in the last three meetings in Columbus. The Crew haven’t won at Buck Shaw Stadium since 2008; they did win an away game vs. San Jose in 2009, at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Crew to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Saturday, April 12

Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake 2-2

The teams have played to draws in each of their last two meetings, over the last two seasons. They reached a 2-2 tie at Rio Tinto Stadium a year ago.
Union have never defeated RSL at home, the teams having played to draws in each of three meetings all-time at PPL Park, including a scoreless result in the last meeting there in 2012.
Maurice Edu scored his first goal in MLS since 2008, netting the opener in Philadelphia’s 2-2 draw at the Chicago Fire on Saturday.
With Nick Rimando injured following midweek national team duty in the USA’s 2-2 draw with Mexico, Jeff Attinella stepped in between the posts for RSL’s scoreless draw in their MLS Cup rematch with Sporting KC. It was Attinella’s fifth career MLS start; his first came in the lone regular season meeting with Kansas City last year, a 2-1 RSL loss.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: DRAW
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire 1-1

The teams split their three-game series a season ago, each winning on their home ground before the clubs reached a 2-2 draw at Toyota Park on Sept. 28. The visiting team has never won in the series in five all-time meetings.
The Impact are still looking for their first victory in 2014, having reached draws in their last two matches following three losses to start the season, after a 2-2 result with New York over the weekend.
The Fire are also looking for their first win of the campaign, following their fourth consecutive draw in a 2-2 home tie with Philadelphia. The MLS record is six consecutive draws, last achieved by the Colorado Rapids during the 2011 season.
It will be the first meeting for Impact head coach Frank Klopas against his former team. Klopas guided the Fire from 2011-13.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Impact to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids 0-1

Michael Bradley scored his first Major League Soccer goal since 2005, sending Toronto FC on their way to a 2-0 win at the Columbus Crew over the weekend. Bradley last scored in league play for the MetroStars, vs. Chivas USA on Oct. 16, 2005.
José Mari scored two goals – both from well outside the penalty area – to lead the Rapids to a 2-1 win at Vancouver Whitecaps FC. They were the first goals scored by the Rapids this season that did not come as a result of penalty kicks (the Rapids were 4-for-5 from the spot in their first three games, with a further goal scored from a rebound following a saved penalty).
The Rapids won the lone meeting between the teams a season ago, a 1-0 victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, their first victory against Toronto FC since 2010 in Commerce City, snapping a four-game winless streak in the series (0-3-1).
Toronto FC have won all six meetings between the teams lifetime at BMO Field, outscoring Colorado 13-6, including a 2-1 win in the last meeting in Ontario in 2012.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Toronto FC to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo 2-0

The teams split their regular-season series a year ago, each team winning at the other’s home ground before reaching a 1-1 draw in Foxborough on Sept. 28.
Houston’s 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium last July 13 was its first win at New England since 2009; the Revolution’s win at BBVA Compass Stadium last May 18 was their first win at Houston since 2010.
The Revolution were shut out for the fourth time in five matches in their 2-0 defeat at D.C. United. Revolution head coach Jay Heaps will miss the Dynamo match after he was dismissed late in the game at RFK Stadium.
The Dynamo saw their season-opening winning and shutout streaks at BBVA Compass Stadium come to a crashing halt in a 4-1 loss to FC Dallas, their heaviest loss ever to their in-state rivals.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: DRAW
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls 1-0

Chris Rolfe scored in his D.C. United debut to cap his new team’s 2-0 win against the New England Revolution, snapping United’s 15-game league winless streak, which was tied for the second-longest winless run in league history
Andrew Dykstra recorded a shutout in his first start since 2010 in United’s win against New England. Dykstra had last appeared in a league game in 2010, when he made 17 starts, recording five shutouts, for the Chicago Fire.
The Red Bulls are still searching for their first victory of the season, reaching a fourth consecutive draw in a 2-2 tie at the Montréal Impact over the weekend.
The longest a Supporters’ Shield winner has gone without a victory after claiming the honor were the LA Galaxy in 2003, who started 0-4-4 after winning the Shield the year before. The Columbus Crew started 2009 with an 0-2-5 record – then went on to claim the Supporters’ Shield for a second consecutive year.
The Red Bulls have a five-game undefeated streak alive in league play between the teams, winning the final two meetings a year ago. United’s last regular season win vs. New York came April 22, 2012, a 4-1 triumph at RFK Stadium.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: DRAW
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders 2-3

FC Dallas extended their winning streak to three games and season-opening undefeated run to five games in their 4-1 win at the Houston Dynamo, their largest victory ever in the Texas Derby. FC Dallas have not won four games in a row since 2009.
Mauro Díaz recorded a pair of assists in FCD’s win at Houston. He now has 2 goals and 3 assists in his first 5 MLS games, with a goal and/or an assist in four of those.
Clint Dempsey scored the first hat trick in his MLS career, bringing Seattle Sounders FC back for a remarkable 4-4 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday afternoon. Dempsey has a goal and/or an assist now in four consecutive MLS matches, dating back to the last season.
FC Dallas won the final meeting between the teams a season ago, a 2-0 win on Sept. 19 at Toyota Stadium. It was their first victory against Sounders FC since May 25, 2011, when they won 1-0 in Seattle.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0

Whitecaps FC have won once in nine meetings all-time in all competitions between the teams – a 3-1 win last May 11 at BC Place. The teams have played to one draw, in 2012 in Vancouver.
The Galaxy have won all four meetings in Carson between the teams in league play. The 2-1 Galaxy victory last July 20 marked the first time Whitecaps FC had a scored a regular season goal there.
Led by Robbie Keane’s second goal in as many games, and a pair of assists from Landon Donovan to move him closer to the all-time MLS lead, Brian Perk earned his second career shutout in goal in the Galaxy’s 3-0 win against Chivas USA. Perk’s first career shutout came in his first MLS start – a scoreless draw with Seattle Sounders FC on July 4, 2011.
Whitecaps FC had their season-opening four-game undefeated streak put to an end as the Colorado Rapids hit on two long-range bombs for a 2-1 come-from-behind win Saturday at BC Place.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Galaxy WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA 1-1

Coming into Saturday’s match, Diego Chará had scored two goals in 91 career league matches in MLS. Chará scored twice against Seattle – both on stunning long-range strikes from well outside the box – but saw the Timbers hauled back into a late 2-2 draw with their arch-rivals.
Chivas USA had their winless run extended to four games in a 3-0 loss to the LA Galaxy, as Erick Torres saw his streak of four games with a goal also snapped. The Galaxy have a six-game undefeated streak alive in SuperClásicos.
The Timbers won two of three meetings between the teams a season ago, with one draw, outscoring Chivas USA 9-1. The season before, Chivas USA had won all three meetings between the teams.
When the Timbers defeated Chivas USA 5-0 last Oct. 26, it was their first win ever at StubHub Center. They were 0-5-2 combined previously in Carson against both Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Timbers WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

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MLS Final Standings of 2013 season

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2014 MLS Predictions record 3162 (accuracy 35.41 % ) in picking winner, draw or OVER / UNDER results.

MLS Picks 2014 record

MLS Picks 2014 record

2014 MLS season record 3462 (accuracy 35.41 % ).

Week 5 79 (2950)

Week 4 610 (2241)

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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