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MLS Week 20 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 20 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Early Saturday Western Conference clash, between Galaxy and Timbers starting 20th MLS Saturday this season. RSL visiting Rapids, and the Earthquakes opening new Levi’s Stadium, hosting Sounders – all three are candidates for game of the week.

The Galaxy, Red Bulls, Fire and Earthquakes are my favorites to win their matches this Saturday.

*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 20 record 916 (accuracy 36.00 % )

Last Week 19 record 87 (accuracy 53.33 % )

2014 MLS Predictions record 165235 (accuracy 41.25 % )

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

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Sunday, Aug. 3

HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. D.C. UNITED 1-0

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Chris Rolfe and Fabian Espíndola scored on either side of halftime to pace United to a 2-0 victory May 21 at RFK Stadium.
The United victory in the first meeting snapped a five-game Dynamo winning streak in the series in league play. The Dynamo have never lost to D.C. United in Houston, winning nine of 10 meetings there all-time in league and cup play (with one draw).
The Dynamo saw their winless streak extended to eight games in their last league match, a 2-2 home draw with Toronto FC on July 19. It’s the longest stretch without a win for the Dynamo since their club-record 10-game streak set in the 2010 season.
Eddie Johnson scored a goal for a second consecutive game – both by penalty kick – in United’s 3-0 win vs. Chivas USA on July 20 in their last match. Luis Silva also scored for a second consecutive game; he has five goals in United’s last five contests.

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

CHIVAS USA vs. FC DALLAS 0-1

Chivas USA have followed up a four-game winning streak – matching the longest in club history – with back-to-back losses, falling 3-0 at the Colorado Rapids last Friday evening as Erick Torres saw his six-game goalscoring streak come to an end.
FC Dallas extended their undefeated streak to six games at the weekend, playing to a 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season, with FC Dallas winning once, a 3-1 victory on March 22 at Toyota Stadium behind goals from Fabian Castillo, Je-Vaughn Watson and Michel. A late goal from Fabian Castillo answered a Marky Delgado strike to pull FCD back into a 1-1 draw, May 17 in Frisco.

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

Saturday, Aug. 2

LOS ANGELES GALAXY vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS 3-1

The teams are meeting for the third time this season, having drawn twice. On May 11, Robbie Keane scored in stoppage time, but Diego Valeri scored even later, leaving the teams with a 1-1 tie at Providence Park. On July 4, an own goal in the 86th minute gave the Galaxy the equalizer in a 2-2 draw at StubHub Center.
The Galaxy have never lost to the Timbers in Carson, winning the first three meetings there all-time before the teams played to draws in each of the last two matches.
For the second consecutive week, Diego Valeri scored a late game-winner, this time netting in the 82nd minute to give the Timbers a 3-2 victory at Montréal on Sunday evening. Three of Valeri’s five goals have come in the 77th minute or later to give the Timbers points.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Galaxy to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

MONTREAL IMPACT vs. TORONTO FC 0-2

The teams are meeting for the first time this season in league play, but the Impact claimed the Canadian Championship by defeating TFC 2-1 on aggregate in the final. The teams reached a 1-1 draw at BMO Field, before Felipe’s stoppage-time winner gave the Impact the title June 4 at Stade Saputo.
It was the second consecutive season the Impact defeated Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship, winning 6-2 on aggregate in the semifinals the year previous (TFC advanced in a semifinal meeting in 2012). Since coming to MLS, the Impact have not won in Toronto, with two losses and three draws in five meetings in all competitions at BMO Field.
The Impact had their losing skid extended to five games in a late 3-2 loss to Portland on Sunday evening at Stade Saputo. It’s the club’s longest in their three seasons since coming to MLS.
Dominic Oduro has two goals and three assists in eight games for Toronto FC since coming to the club from Columbus at the beginning of June. He set up the lone TFC goal in the 2-1 loss to Sporting KC on July 26.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Toronto FC to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

NEW YORK RED BULLS vs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2-1

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Goals from Eric Alexander and Peguy Luyindula gave the Red Bulls a famous 2-0 win, June 8 at Gillette Stadium.
The first meeting victory was the first for New York in New England since 2002. The Revolution had won 13 of 19 meetings in league and MLS Cup play since that previous New York win.
The Revolution haven’t won in New Jersey since 2007, now winless on their last nine trips to face the Red Bulls. New York had won the last four league meetings at Red Bull Arena before the teams reached a 2-2 draw in their last meeting last year, Oct. 5.

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

CHICAGO FIRE vs. COLUMBUS CREW 1-1

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Ethan Finlay and Jairo Arrieta scored first-half goals to lead the Crew to a 2-0 win, May 24 at Crew Stadium. The Fire did defeat the Crew 4-2 in extra time in a U.S. Open Cup fifth-round match, June 25 at Toyota Park.
The Crew haven’t won at Toyota Park since the 2006 season. In the 12 meetings in all competitions since in Bridgeview, the Fire have won seven, with four draws, including a victory in the lone Bridgeview meeting a season ago.
The Crew have won back-to-back games on the heels of a seven-game winless run, getting a late winner from Ethan Finlay for a 2-1 win at New England on July 26. Federico Higuaín also scored for Columbus, his first goal since May 17.

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

COLORADO RAPIDS vs. REAL SALT LAKE 0-1

The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Joao Plata and Javier Morales scored on either side of halftime to lead Real to a 2-1 win, May 17 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The home team has not lost in the Rocky Mountain Cup series since 2007, when RSL knocked off Colorado 1-0 in Commerce City to close out their playoff hopes.
Nick LaBrocca put an end to a long goal drought when he netted for the Rapids in their 3-0 win vs. Chivas USA on July 26 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. It was LaBrocca’s first league goal since last July 17; he has scored at least one goal in each of his last seven MLS seasons.
Javier Morales had two assists in RSL’s 3-1 win against Montréal on July 25, his first assists since May 17. Morales finished the weekend with seven assists this season, eighth-most in MLS this year; it was the ninth time in his MLS career he had multiple assists in a game.

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 goals

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 1-0

The Earthquakes return to league play after putting an end to their five-game winless streak in emphatic fashion with a 5-1 defeat of the Chicago Fire on July 23 at Buck Shaw Stadium. It was the most goals in a game for the Quakes since a 5-0 win vs. Real Salt Lake in 2012, one goal shy of the club record set on two occasions (last in 1999).
Yannick Djaló scored one goal and set up two others in the Quakes’ 5-1 win, by far his biggest single-game performance in 12 league appearances with the club this season.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Obafemi Martins scored the game’s only goal in the eighth minute for a Sounders FC victory May 17 at CenturyLink Field. Sounders FC also claimed a U.S. Open Cup fifth-round encounter between the teams, winning in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.
The Earthquakes have won the last three meetings at Buck Shaw Stadium, including victories in both games in Santa Clara last year. The last Sounders FC away win in the series came July 31, 2010, a 1-0 victory.

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

Friday, August 1

Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union 1-1

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

Wednesday, July 30

D.C. UNITED vs. TORONTO FC 3-0

CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Draw
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 goals

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs. COLORADO RAPIDS 3-0

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

CHICAGO FIRE vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 0-0

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

REAL SALT LAKE vs. NEW YORK RED BULLS 1-1

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

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MLS Final Standings of 2013 season

MLS Final Standings of 2013 season

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2014 MLS Predictions record 165235 (accuracy 41.25 % ) 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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