MLS Weekend Preview: May 19-20

By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood | Only Love Soccer

Abbreviated, sorry. All times Pacific, as usual.

Saturday

Vancouver (5-2-3) v. Seattle (7-1-2). (2 p.m.) A disappointing draw in the first leg of the Canadian Championship against Toronto was not the way the Whitecaps hoped to follow the crushing defeat last week at New England. Seattle struggled to create chances against RSL in their last match, ending their winning streak. Prediction: 1-1

Montreal (3-3-5) v. New York (7-1-3). (4:30 p.m.) The red-hot Red Bulls take their four-match winning streak into Montreal, where the Impact have quietly begun to play like an MLS team and are undefeated in their last four. Prediction: 2-2

DC United (6-3-4) v. Toronto (0-0-8). (4:30 p.m.) DC United easily beat Colorado in midweek, and now take on league-worst Toronto, who they beat in Toronto’s last match. Don’t expect much to change here. Prediction: DC 2-0

New England (4-0-6) v. Houston (3-3-3). (4:30 p.m.) After a 4-1 win against Vancouver, the Revs are tied with Houston (albeit with one more match played) for the final playoff spot in the East. The Dynamo aren’t scoring very many goals. Prediction: New England 2-1

Dallas (3-3-6) v. Philadelphia (2-1-6). (5:30 p.m.) Dallas have had players sent off in three of their last four matches, none of which they’ve won. For the Union, Piotr Nowak is continuing his bizarre deconstruction of what was once one of the East’s best teams – this time exchanging captain Danny Califf for Chivas’ Michael “Rhymes With No Good” Lahoud. Prediction: Dallas 2-1

Colorado (5-0-6) v. Kansas City (7-0-3). (6 p.m.) As I’ve mentioned endlessly on here, Colorado have been the ultimate up and down team, only conceding one goal in five wins, and giving up 13 in six losses. KC have lost their last three, but they’re bound to turn it around at some point. Prediction: 1-1

San Jose (7-2-2) v. Columbus (3-2-4). (7:30 p.m.) The Quakes have stumbled a bit the last two weeks in losing one and drawing one, but Chris Wondolowski continues to put the ball in the back of the net, which should be good enough to beat struggling Columbus – though the Crew looked much better last week against Dallas. Prediction: San Jose 2-0

Chivas USA (3-1-6) v. LA Galaxy (3-2-5). (7:30 p.m.) Chivas have been terrible all year, but made some astute trades to pick up US National Team forward Juan Agudelo and defender Danny Califf this week. Will it be enough to beat a Galaxy team that is struggling but always seems to find a way to win this match? Umm…I don’t know. Prediction: 2-2

Sunday

Portland (2-3-5) v. Chicago (4-3-2). (4 p.m.) I hate to predict so many draws, but I just don’t think the Timbers are playing well enough to beat Chicago, but conversely, I don’t feel like the Fire have been clicking enough to just automatically pick up three points. Prediction: 1-1

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Posted on 2012/05/17, in America's game, Major League Soccer, Weekend picks and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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