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MLS Week 17 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 17 Preview, Picks and Predictions

17th week of the MLS season started on Friday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, where San Jose Earthquakes lost 1-2 to Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United. On Saturday game of the day will take place in Los Angeles, where Galaxy hosting RSL. The exciting MLS weekend will end on Sunday in Seattle, where game of the weekend is expected in Sounders clash vs Timbers.

New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, Chicago Fire and the Sounders are my favorites to win their matches this weekend.

Keep in mind I’m only around 40 % in my accuracy this season, but I have been their before. I’m not blaming my self for my predictions, but the players, and sometimes 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%, but obvious goal is to cross 54% as earlier as possible.

Current Week 17 record 119 (accuracy 55.00 % )

Last Week 16 record 913 (accuracy 40.91 % )

2014 MLS Predictions record 136198 (accuracy 40.72 % )

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

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Sunday, July 13

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS 2-0

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Clint Dempsey scored two goals three minutes apart, in the 85th and 87th minutes, to bring Sounders FC back for a remarkable 4-4 draw on April 5 at Providence Park.
The teams met last Tuesday in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, Sounder beat Timbers 3-1 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
Sounders FC were shut out at the attacking end for just the second time this season in a 1-0 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, ending their undefeated streak at five games.

The Timbers drew their ninth game of the season in a 2-2 result Friday at the LA Galaxy. A year ago, the Timbers led MLS with 15 ties on their way to winning the Western Conference regular season title.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Sounders to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Saturday, July 12

NEW YORK RED BULLS vs. COLUMBUS CREW 4-1

Bradley Wright-Phillips moved back to the top of the MLS Golden Boot standings with his 13th and 14th goals this season in the Red Bulls’ 2-2 draw at Houston on Friday night. Wright-Phillips has scored 10 goals over the last 10 games, dating back to April 23.
The Crew have played to four consecutive draws following their 1-1 result at Colorado on July 4. The MLS record is six consecutive games with ties, set three times previously – including earlier this season by the Chicago Fire.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Jairo Arrieta converted a penalty to give the Crew a first-half lead, but Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the second half to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw, April 26 in Columbus.
The last Crew victory on the road at the Red Bulls came in 2010, a 3-1 victory in the first meeting ever at Red Bull Arena.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: RED BULLS TO WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. COLORADO RAPIDS 3-3

Having moved into a central midfield role from his usual center back role for a second consecutive game, Union’s Amobi Okugo scored his first goal in the season in his club’s 2-1 loss at FC Dallas on July 4.
The Rapids concluded a stretch of five out of six games overall at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with three wins and two draws in that span, following their 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Friday evening. The Rapids now hit the road for back-to-back games.
Union won the only meeting between the teams a season ago, a 2-1 win March 10 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, their first victory ever against the Rapids. Colorado had won three of the first five meetings between the teams, with two draws.
The Rapids have won on each of their last two trips to PPL Park, 2-1 victories in both 2011 and 2012.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNION to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

TORONTO FC vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO 4-2

Toronto FC had their six-game undefeated streak put to an end in a 2-1 loss to D.C. United at BMO Field, two games away from the club record. Michael Bradley started an MLS game for the first time since May 3.
The Dynamo put an end to their club-record goalless streak after 480 minutes in dramatic circumstances: Giles Barnes scored after just 40 seconds – the quickest goal in club history – in the 2-2 draw with New York.
Brad Davis converted a late penalty in his first game back with the Dynamo since May 11, the goal putting an end to the club’s losing streak after five games, also a club record.
The teams have played to three consecutive draws, including ties in both meetings a year ago, a 1-1 result at BMO Field on April 20, and a scoreless encounter June 22 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
TFC has come away from Houston with points on each of their last three visits, though they have not won there since 2010.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: TORONTO FC to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs. CHICAGO FIRE 0-1

The Revolution saw their losing slide extended to four games Friday in a 2-1 defeat at Real Salt Lake. The club record is nine consecutive wins, set in 1997 and ’98.
The Fire recorded their 10th draw of the season as their overall winless streak was extended to six games in a 1-1 tie with Sporting Kansas City at Toyota Park on Sunday afternoon.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Fire’s Quincy Amarikwa and the Revolution’s Lee Nguyen scored goals in the first half to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw on April 19 at Toyota Park.
The Revolution have won the last three meetings between the teams at Gillette Stadium, and haven’t lost at home to the Fire since 2010.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: FIRE to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

MONTREAL IMPACT vs. SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1-2

Dom Dwyer netted his 12th goal of the season – tied for second in the MLS Golden Boot standings – then celebrated by taking a selfie as Sporting KC reached a 1-1 draw at the Chicago Fire on Sunday afternoon.
The Impact remained winless away from Stade Saputo – the only team in MLS still without a victory on the road this season – in their 1-0 defeat at Chivas USA on Saturday evening.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season, and Sporting have cruised to wins in the first two. Dom Dwyer scored a pair of late goals to cap an SKC 4-0 victory on April 19 at Sporting Park, then he scored two more goals to lead KC to a 3-0 triumph on May 10 at Stade Saputo.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: SPORTING to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. CHIVAS USA 1-3

Erick Torres continued his remarkable season, scoring yet another stunning goal, his 12th of the season, to lead Chivas USA to a 1-0 win over Montréal on Saturday. Torres has scored goals in four consecutive games, his second goalscoring streak of that length this season.
Chivas USA have won three consecutive games by a 1-0 scoreline. Chivas has now gone 325 minutes without allowing a goal, the longest shutout streak in MLS this season – the fourth-longest in club history, just 76 minutes away from the club record.
Whitecaps FC put an end to their three-game winless run with a famous victory, defeating archrival Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 on Saturday at BC Place as Sebastian Fernández scored the game’s lone goal.

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Erick Torres put Chivas USA into the lead at the end of the first half, but Kekuta Manneh netted in the 81st minute to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw, March 16 at StubHub Center.
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: DRAW
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

LOS ANGELES GALAXY vs. REAL SALT LAKE 1-0

The teams are meeting for the third time this season, the first two coming in the opening three weeks of the season. Joao Plata scored the game’s only goal to give RSL the victory on March 8 at StubHub Center. Two weeks later, Real’s Álvaro Saborío and LA’s Robbie Keane traded first-half goals to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Galaxy extended their undefeated streak to six games, a late own goal giving them a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Friday evening at StubHub Center.
Real Salt Lake put an end to their winless run after five games, converting a pair of penalty kicks for a 2-1 win against the New England Revolution on July 4 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Landon Donovan recorded his fourth assist of the season in the Galaxy’s draw with Portland, and now has 121 assists for his MLS career – 14 away from the all-time lead held by Steve Ralston.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: RSL to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Friday, July 11

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. D.C. UNITED 1-2

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: D.C. United to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Wednesday, July 9

Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers 3-1

*U.S. Open Cup game
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Sounders FC to 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 136198 (accuracy 40.72 % ) in picking winner, draw or OVER / UNDER results.

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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