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MLS Week 18 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 18 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Just as predicted in my “Double Play” pick, on Friday in Portland, Timbers not without drama, but after beautiful strike from Diego Valeri defeated Colorado Rapids 2-1, to give me perfect start into 18th weekend of my MLS Predictions.

After perfect start, we have plenty of promising matches this Saturday. MLS Champs hosting Galaxy, RSL will test Whitecaps at home, struggling Earthquakes visiting Red Bulls, and on Sunday red hot Chivas USA will visit sensational this year, D.C. United.

New York Red Bulls, FC Dallas, Fire are my favorites to win their matches, also expect some goals in Chicago and Salt Lake.

*Keep in mind I’m only around 41 % in my accuracy this season, but I have been there 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 18 record 1214 (accuracy 46.15 % )

Last Week 17 record 119 (accuracy 55.00 % )

2014 MLS Predictions record 148212 (accuracy 41.11 % )

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

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Sunday, July 20

D.C. UNITED vs. CHIVAS USA 3-1

Erick Torres scored a goal for a fifth consecutive game – his fourth consecutive game-winner – in Chivas USA’s 3-1 win at Vancouver on Saturday. The MLS record is seven consecutive games with a goal, achieved three times previously by Raúl Diaz Arce (1997), Wolde Harris (2000) and Carlos Ruiz (2006).
Chivas USA won their fourth consecutive game in the victory at Vancouver, tying the club record set in 2008. Their shutout streak ended at 352 minutes with the Whitecaps FC goal, the second-longest in the club’s 10-year history.
Eddie Johnson scored his first goal since May 17 to send United on their way to a third consecutive road victory, a 2-1 win at the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday evening.
Chivas USA won the only meeting between the teams a year ago, a 1-0 victory Sept. 8 at StubHub Center. It was Chivas USA’s first victory in the series since Aug. 29, 2010, ending a three-game United undefeated streak.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Chivas USA to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

Saturday, July 19

SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. LA GALAXY 2-1

The Galaxy defeated Sporting 2-0 in Carson last April 20 in the only meeting between the teams. SKC hasn’t lost at home to LA since 2007; they defeated the Galaxy in Carson last in 2010.
Marcelo Sarvas has all three of his assists and his lone league goal on the season in the last four games, after setting up Gyasi Zardes for the Galaxy goal in the 1-0 victory against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Sporting have won three away matches in a row following their 2-1 victory at Montréal on Saturday. The club record is five consecutive away victories in 1997.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Sporting to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

NEW YORK RED BULLS vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1-1

The Quakes won 2-1 in Santa Clara in the only meeting between the teams a season ago. New York’s last victory in league play in northern California came in a 2-0 win Oct. 5, 2003 at Spartan Stadium. The Earthquakes have won five of the eight meetings at home since, with three draws.
The Red Bulls had won four home meetings in a row vs. San Jose before the teams played to a 2-2 draw in their last meeting at Red Bull Arena in 2012.
Thierry Henry recorded three assists in a game for the second time in his MLS career in the Red Bulls’ 4-1 win against Columbus on Saturday. Henry ended the weekend as the league leader with nine assists. It was the third time since coming to the league that Henry had been involved in four goals in a game.
Making his first MLS appearance since his return from the U.S. national team and the FIFA World Cup, Chris Wondolowski scored his sixth goal of the season in the Quakes’ 2-1 loss to D.C. United.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Red Bulls to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

COLUMBUS CREW vs. MONTREAL IMPACT 2-1

The Crew won 2-1 last Sept. 14 at Stade Saputo, the first victory by the away team in six meetings in the all-time series.
The Crew have won all three encounters lifetime in Columbus, including a 2-0 victory in the only Crew Stadium matchup a year ago, on June 15.
Adam Bedell scored his first career goal in the Crew’s 4-1 loss at New York on Saturday, in his eighth career appearance. Bedell is the tallest player in MLS league history, at 6-foot-7.

Marco Di Vaio scored his second goal in the last three games and Justin Mapp had his second assist in the last three games, but the Impact fell 2-1 at home to Sporting KC.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Crew to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

CHICAGO FIRE vs. PHILADELPHIA UNION 1-1

Quincy Amarikwa netted his first goal since May 10 as the Fire put an end to their winless streak after six games in their 1-0 victory against New England on Saturday. It was Chicago’s first victory in league play since May 18.
After scoring in the 3-3 draw with Colorado, Union striker Conor Casey has five goals for the season – all coming in the last five matches.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Juan Luis Anangono scored the equalizer four minutes from the end to bring the Fire back for a 2-2 draw, April 5 at Toyota Park.
Union have taken points from the last three meetings at Toyota Park, with two wins and a draw. The Fire have won each of the last two seasons at PPL Park.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Fire to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. TORONTO FC 2-2

The teams are meeting for the second time this season and the second time in as many weeks, after TFC came back from a 2-goal deficit for a 4-2 victory Saturday at BMO Field.
The Dynamo saw their winless streak extended to seven games in the loss at Toronto; the club record is 10 games without a victory, set in 2010.
Brad Davis scored a pair of goals to put the Dynamo into the lead against TFC; Davis has three goals in two games since his return from the U.S. national team and the FIFA World Cup. He has a goal or an assist in each of his last eight MLS games played.
Jermain Defoe scored two goals in a game for the third time in his first MLS season in the win vs. Houston. Defoe was fourth in the MLS Golden Boot standings after the weekend with 10 goals.

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: DRAW
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

FC DALLAS vs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2-0

FC Dallas had the weekend off after their last MLS match, a 2-1 win against Philadelphia Union on July 4, paced by the second career MLS goal by rookie Tesho Akindele.
FC Dallas have won in the only meeting between the teams on each of the last two seasons, both by a 1-0 scoreline, including a victory last March 30 at Gillette Stadium.
The victory was first for FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium since 2003. The Revolution have not won in Frisco since 2008; FCD has taken consecutive 1-0 home wins vs. New England.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: FC Dallas to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

REAL SALT LAKE vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 1-1

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Joao Plata and Álvaro Saborío gave Real a 2-goal lead before the game was 10 minutes old, but Nicolás Mezquida and Sebastian Fernández each scored after the 86th minute to leave the teams in a 2-2 draw, April 26 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
RSL has a five-game undefeated streak alive vs. Whitecaps FC, dating back to Oct. 27, 2012. Whitecaps FC have never won at Rio Tinto Stadium, with Real having won three of the five meetings there all-time (with two draws).
Nick Rimando saved his third penalty kick this season (out of three attempts) in Real’s 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy on Saturday, denying Marcelo Sarvas. The last five penalty kicks Rimando has faced in league play have not been successful, dating back to last April20. For his career, Rimando has faced 63 penalty kicks total, and has seen 22 of those missed. Of the 22 failed attempts, Rimando has saved 17.
Carlyle Mitchell scored his first career professional goal, in his fourth MLS season, in Whitecaps FC’s 3-1 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: RSL to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Friday, July 18

PORTLAND TIMBERS vs. COLORADO RAPIDS 2-1

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Timbers to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

Wednesday, July 16

PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. NEW YORK RED BULLS 3-1

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Red Bulls to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

COLUMBUS CREW vs. SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1-2

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Sporting to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

TORONTO FC vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 1-1

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Toronto FC to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

LA GALAXY vs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 5-1

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Galaxy 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 148212 (accuracy 41.11 % ) 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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