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MLS Week 22 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 22 Preview, Picks and Predictions

One of the most exciting MLS weekend of the season, started on Friday in Houston, where Dynamo defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0. Earlier today RSL advanced to the top of Western Conference, after beating Sounders 2-1 in Utah, but we still have plenty of MLS action left. In advertised as Eastern Conference clash of powerhouses, Sporting KC facing Toronto FC. The Crew taking on Galaxy in Columbus, Timbers traveled to Boston, Whitecaps visiting Chivas USA. Busy Saturday will end with San Jose Earthquakes hosting FC Dallas, and this would be match of the weekend.

Sporting, Earthquakes, Timbers and Whitecaps are my favorites to win their matches, and we should see high scoring game in San Jose.

*Keep in mind I’m only around 42 % 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 22 record 139 (accuracy 59.09 % )

Last Week 21 record 117 (accuracy 61.11 % )

2014 MLS Predictions record 189251 (accuracy 42.95 % )

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Sunday, August 17

D.C. UNITED vs. COLORADO RAPIDS 4-2

D.C. United have lost back-to-back league games for the first time since the opening two games of the season, shut out for a second consecutive match in a 3-0 defeat at Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening.
The Rapids suffered their third consecutive defeat – their longest losing skid of the campaign – in a 3-1 defeat by FC Dallas on Saturday evening. Gabriel Torres scored the lone Colorado goal from a penalty kick, snapping a 282-minute goalless drought for his club.
The teams met once a season ago, playing to a scoreless draw July 7 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Both teams had gone more than a decade between wins at the other’s home, before winning there in 2010. Colorado’s win in Washington was their first in the nation’s capital since 1999. United’s win in Colorado was their first in the Centennial State since 2000. Each of the last two meetings in each ground have ended in a home win and a draw.

I’m positive about D.C. United win, but not as confident on over 2 goals.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:D.C. UNITED to WINOVER 2.5 Goals

Saturday, August 16

SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. TORONTO FC 4-1

Sporting Kansas City had their long undefeated and road winning streaks put to an end in a 2-0 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday. It snapped an eight-game unbeaten run overall, and four-game winning run away from Sporting Park, the club’s first defeat since a 1-0 loss at D.C. United on May 31.
Sporting could be down to their third-string goalkeeper for the Toronto FC match. Homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin made his MLS debut in the loss in Vancouver, coming on as a halftime substitute for the injured Andy Gruenebaum. First-choice goalkeeper Eric Kronberg is still out after suffering a fractured hand at the start of July.
Gilberto and Luke Moore each scored their second goals in as many games to lead Toronto FC to their second consecutive win, a 3-2 victory at Columbus on Saturday evening.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Second-half goals from Graham Zusi and Jacob Peterson brought SKC back from an early deficit for a 2-1 win July 26 at BMO Field. The teams played to a 2-2 draw May 23 at Sporting Park as KC’s Dom Dwyer scored two goals.

Over the last four seasons, Toronto FC have defeated Sporting KC just once in six meetings at BMO Field (last March 9). SKC has never lost to TFC at Sporting Park since the ground opened in 2011 (4-0-1). TFC’s last win in Kansas City came March 21, 2009.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:SPORTING to WINOVER 2.5 Goals

CHIVAS USA vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 0-0

The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Agustín Pelletieri, Erick Torres and Leandro Barrera scored second-half goals as Chivas USA claimed a 3-1 victory July 12 at BC Place. The teams reached a 1-1 draw March 16 at StubHub Center.
The win in Vancouver for Chivas USA in the last meeting was their first ever at BC Place. Whitecaps FC had won two of the first encounters there all-time (with one draw).
Chivas USA saw their current goalless run extended to 276 minutes with a third consecutive shutout defeat, falling 2-0 at the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening.

Whitecaps FC snapped their string of four consecutive draws and five games overall without a victory, claiming a 2-0 win against Sporting KC on Sunday afternoon at BC Place. Darren Mattocks scored his fourth goal over the last five matches.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:WHITECAPS to WINOVER 2.5 Goals

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. FC DALLAS 0-5

Matías Perez García made his Earthquakes and MLS debut one to remember, scoring in his new club’s 2-2 draw at the LA Galaxy on Friday evening. Chris Wondolowski also netted his eighth goal of the season, his third goal in five games since his return from the U.S. national team and the FIFA World Cup.
FC Dallas won their second game on the trot and extended their undefeated streak to eight matches with a comprehensive 3-1 win against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Atiba Harris and Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi scored first-half goals to pace the Quakes to a 2-1 victory May 31 at Toyota Stadium. The Earthquakes also won 2-1 on May 10 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
FC Dallas hasn’t won in Santa Clara since 2009. The Quakes have won four of the six home meetings since, with two draws. FCD has won once in the last 11 meetings overall between the clubs, that last May 25 in a 1-0 win in Frisco.

The Earthquakes playing good soccer lately, and they have patent on FC Dallas this season. I’m Quakes fan, and wont go against them (at least tonight) :).
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:EARTHQUAKES to WINOVER 2.5 Goals

REAL SALT LAKE vs SEATTLE SOUNDERS 2-1

Nick Rimando became the MLS all-time leader in shutouts with the 113th of his career, making two saves in Real Salt Lake’s 3-0 win against D.C. United on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL has recorded back-to-back shutouts and not allowed a goal in the last 213 minutes.
Marco Pappa scored his second goal in the last four games, now with three for the season, as Sounders FC snapped a two-game losing slide with a 2-0 win against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday evening.
Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid became the first coach in MLS history to reach the 200-win mark with the victory against Houston.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, Chad Barrett and Obafemi Martins all scored as Sounders FC rolled to a 4-0 win May 31 at CenturyLink Field.
RSL have been shut out on their last four trips to Seattle in all competitions; they last scored at CenturyLink Field on May 12, 2012. Sounders FC last won in league play at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 28, 2011, a span of three games.

Sounders crushed Chicago Fire 6-0 on Wednesday in U.S. Open Cup semifinal, take this as another signal we should see high scoring show in Utah. I’m picking RSL to score more 🙂
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:RSL to WINOVER 2.5 Goals MONTREAL IMPACT vs. CHICAGO FIRE 1-0

Mike Magee scored for a second consecutive match as the Fire snapped a four-game winless run in their 1-0 win against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday evening.
The Impact saw their losing streak extended to seven games in their 2-1 loss at Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening. The Impact’s last two goals, over the last three games, have been scored by second-year Homegrown defender Maxim Tissot.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Montréal’s Jack McInerney and Chicago’s Quincy Amarikwa scored on either side of halftime as the teams played to a 1-1 draw April 12 at Stade Saputo.
The visiting team has never won in the series in six all-time meetings. The last two meetings at Toyota Park have ended in draws.

Both teams are on the bottom of Eastern Conference table, and even Fire seem to be little better on the paper, their defense was exposed 0-6 loss to Sounders on Wednesday in U.S. Open Cup semifinal. I definitely expect more then 2 goals here, and home team should be little fresher than visitors, who had midweek travel from Seattle, that’s about 6 hours just a flight.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:IMPACT to WINUNDER 2.5 Goals

COLUMBUS CREW vs. LA GALAXY 4-1
Crew midfielder Federico Higuaín has scored in three consecutive games, after converting a penalty kick in the 3-2 home loss to Toronto FC on Saturday evening.
Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes scored for a third consecutive game in his club’s 2-2 draw vs. the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday evening. Zardes has scored eight of his nine goals on the season over the last nine matches, since June 8, when he was installed into a starting spot in the Galaxy attack.
The Crew have not defeated the Galaxy since 2009. The Galaxy won 2-1 last July 4 at StubHub Center in their only meeting.
The Galaxy have taken points on their last three trips to Columbus (two wins and a draw).

The Galaxy have a four-game home undefeated streak alive vs. Columbus dating back to 2007, with two wins and two draws in that time. However that was prior Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter arrival in Columbus.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:CREW to WINOVER 2.5 Goals

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS 1-1

The Revolution return to action after a weekend off, their last match a 2-1 loss at the New York Red Bulls before the All-Star break. Charlie Davies scored for the Revolution, his first goal in any league, for club or country, since Sept. 10, 2011, when he had a hat trick for D.C. United at Chivas USA.
Diego Valeri scored for a fourth consecutive game as the Timbers took a 2-0 home win against Chivas USA on Saturday evening. Valeri has five of his seven goals this season over the last six games; he also assisted on the game-winning goal for the MLS All-Stars in their win against Bayern Munich in between.

The Revolution have never lost to the Timbers in New England, with a victory and a draw in the two meetings there.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:TIMBERS to WINOVER 2.5 Goals

Friday, August 15

HOUSTON DYNAMO vs PHILADELPHIA UNION 2-0

CHRIS’S PREDICTION:DYNAMO to WINOVER 2.5 Goals

Wednesday, August 13

SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs CHICAGO FIRE 6-0

* U.S. Open Cup semifinal, not MLS game

CHRIS’S PREDICTION:SOUNDERS to WINUNDER 2.5 Goals

Tuesday, August 12
FC DALLAS vs. PHILADELPHIA 1-1, 3-4 PK
* U.S. Open Cup semifinal, not MLS game
CHRIS’S PREDICTION:FC Dallas to WINOVER 2.5 Goals

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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MLS Final Standings of 2013 season

MLS Final Standings of 2013 season

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