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MLS Week 5 Preview, Picks and Predictions

MLS Week 5 Preview, Picks and Predictions

Fifth weekend of the season comes with some great matches, and what is promising most of the teams will have full, or almost full squads available. Means more quality soccer. Red hot Vancouver Whitecaps, after three wins in a row, hosting MLS Cup Champions LA Galaxy in the match of the weekend. In Portland we have  another high intensity game. Currently located on the bottom of the table Timbers,  facing Western Conference leaders  FC Dallas . If you looking for goals, we should see some goals in San Jose, where Earthquakes hosting Real Salt Lake.

My PREMIUM PICK this weekend Sporting, Sounders both win their matches, and more than 2 goals in Quakes vs RSL match.

Current Week 5 record 97 (accuracy 56.25 % )
Last Week 4 record 812 (accuracy 40.00 % )
2015 season record 4741 (accuracy 53.41 % )
2015 Season PREMIUM PICKS 64 (accuracy 60.00 %)
2014 MLS Predictions record 318345 (accuracy 47.96 % )

Picks and predictions are usually published here at least one hour before the game time, but please be aware that sometimes based on last minute pregame developments we might change our prediction.

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Sunday, April 5

Real won for the first time in 2015 following a pair of draws in dramatic fashion, with Homegrown Player Jordan Allen heading home the game-winner in the 89th minute for a 2-1 win Sunday against Toronto FC at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Chris Wondolowski scored his third goal in the last two matches, but the Earthquakes saw their two-game winning streak come to an end in a 2-1 defeat at the New England Revolution on Saturday.
RSL defeated the Quakes 2-0 on Oct. 11 of last year at Rio Tinto Stadium, the only victory in the three meetings between the teams.
The Quakes haven’t defeated RSL at home since the final meeting in 2012, a 5-0 San Jose victory that is the largest win in the all-time series.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Earthquakes to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 Goals*

Center back Ike Opara scored his second goal in four games as Sporting Kansas City won for the first time this season, defeating New York City FC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.
Philadelphia Union lost for a second consecutive match and saw their season-opening winless streak extended to four games following their 1-0 defeat at the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

The all-time series is evenly tied, each club with four victories in 12 meetings, with four draws. Each team has won twice, lost twice and drawn twice on their home ground.
The Union won last year’s lone meeting between the teams at PPL Park, a 2-1 win on Oct. 18, ending a two-game Sporting KC winning streak in Chester.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Sporting FC to WIN*
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 Goals

Saturday, April 4

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC 3-2
The Fire won for the first time this season, with new signing Adailton heading home the game’s only goal for a 1-0 win against Philadelphia Union on Sunday afternoon. Harry Shipp assisted on the goal; he has been involved in both Fire goals this season.

Toronto FC lost for a second consecutive match as Real Salt Lake answered a late equalizer with a late winner of their own for a 2-1 result Sunday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Toronto FC have not defeated the Fire since the 2010 season, when they won 4-1 on May 8 at BMO Field. The Fire have won five of the 11 meetings since, with six draws. The teams played to draws in each of their three meetings a year ago, two of those at Toyota Park and one at BMO Field.
The Fire have never lost to TFC at Toyota Park, with four wins and five draws in nine meetings all-time in Bridgeview.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Toronto FC to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 Goals

The Rapids have become the first team in MLS history to start a season with three consecutive scoreless draws, following their result at Houston on Saturday evening.
The Rapids saw their scoreless drought reach 510 minutes, dating back to last Oct. 11; they also saw their winless streak extended to 17 matches with the draw, one short of the all-time MLS record held by Real Salt Lake (2005-06).

Kelyn Rowe netted his second career multiple-goal game, scoring the Revolution’s first goals this season in their first victory, a 2-1 defeat of the San Jose Earthquakes at snowy Gillette Stadium on Saturday. The Revs scored their first goals in 346 minutes in league play dating back to last season.
The Revolution have not won in Colorado since 2002. The Rapids have won six of the 11 meetings at home with New England since; the Revolution have never won in six matches all-time at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The Rapids haven’t won at Gillette Stadium since 2010; the Revolution won last year’s lone meeting, a 3-0 triumph July 30 in Foxborough.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Draw
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 Goals

When Sounders FC and FC Dallas did not record a single shot on target in their scoreless draw Saturday, it marked the first time in MLS history (in 4,059 games all-time) that a game ended with zero shots on goal.

The Dynamo recorded their second shutout in four games – and were shut out for the second time in four games – in their scoreless result with Colorado on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Neither the Dynamo nor their opponents have scored more than one goal in any of the four Houston games this season.
Sounders FC have never lost to the Dynamo in Seattle. In five league meetings all-time, Sounders FC have won four, with one draw, outscoring Houston 9-2. Sounders FC also won a U.S. Open Cup match at home vs. Houston; the teams played a scoreless draw in the 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs.
The teams have alternated wins over the last five seasons, each winning only on their home ground. Sounders FC won last year’s lone meeting, 2-0 on Aug. 10 at CenturyLink Field.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Sounders to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: UNDER 2.5 Goals

Whitecaps FC have matched their MLS club record with three consecutive league wins, following their 2-1 triumph over the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening at BC Place. The ‘Caps have recorded three-game winning runs once in each of the last three seasons.
The Galaxy saw their road winless streak in league play extended to six games dating back to last season, following their first loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat at D.C. United on Saturday.

Whitecaps FC have defeated the Galaxy just once in 12 matches all-time in all competitions – that coming May 11, 2013 at BC Place. The Galaxy are undefeated in their last five meetings with Whitecaps FC, dating back to 2013, winning four of those with one draw.
The Galaxy won all six regular season meetings with Whitecaps FC in Carson, outscoring them 13-1; they also took a victory there in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs, a 2-1 win in the Knockout Round.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Whitecaps to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 Goals

Fanendo Adi scored his third goal of the season (all of the Timbers’ goals in 2015), but saw his club’s winless streak to start the season stretched to four games in its 2-1 defeat at Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Timbers opened the year with three consecutive draws.
FC Dallas saw their perfect start to the season put to an end, but still remain the overall leader in MLS following their scoreless draw with Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium.

The teams evenly split their three meetings a season ago, each winning one, with one draw. The teams split the two matches at Toyota Stadium; they played to a 2-2 draw June 11 at Providence Park.
FC Dallas have never won at Providence Park, the Timbers winning three of the five league meetings there with two draws. The Timbers have won once in six visits all-time to Frisco.
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: Timbers to WIN
CHRIS’S PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 Goals

Friday, April 3

D.C. United won their second consecutive 1-0 game at home to open the season, defeating the LA Galaxy behind a late stoppage-time goal from Chris Pontius, their first win against the defending MLS Cup champions in seven seasons.

Kaká scored one goal and set up another as Orlando City SC grabbed a result for the third time in four MLS matches with their come-from-behind 2-2 draw at the Montréal Impact. Kaká has been involved in three of OCSC’s four goals (2 goals, 1 assist); the fourth goal was an own goal.

Rookie Pedro Ribeiro also netted a goal and added an assist in the Impact draw; Ribeiro was also involved in the play that led to the own goal in the Houston win.

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

Current Week 5 record 97 (accuracy 56.25 % )
Last Week 4 record 812 (accuracy 40.00 % )
2015 season record 4741 (accuracy 53.41 % )
2015 Season PREMIUM PICKS 64 (accuracy 60.00 %)
2014 MLS Predictions record 318345 (accuracy 47.96 % )

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