MLS Week 3 Predictions
Last week was not kind to me in terms of predictions. I predicted that San Jose and Sporting KC would draw, but after that it was unexpected result after unexpected result. After adding up all of the results my current record is 3-7. This week's game features a few openers and a chance to get my record back on track.
March 22nd Matches
New England Revolution - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
The Revolution are looking to pull themselves together against a very up and down Vancouver squad. Vancouver has some talented attackers, but may run into a roadblock in the form of Bobby Shuttleworth. Goalkeeper David Ousted should benefit from a Revolution attack squad that is ghostly at best.
My Pick: Vancouver, 1-0
Montreal Impact – Seattle Sounders
A matchup between two teams coming off of a heartbreaking loss could answer some questions about their legitimacy. Montreal has come up short two straight weeks and now have to go against a tough Sounders squad. That said, Seattle looked dazed and confused against a Jermain Defoe and a vicious Toronto attack. Dempsey will have to pull the squad together to quiet some critics.
My Pick: Draw 1-1
Real Salt Lake – LA Galaxy
LA comes off of a bye week to be the first rematch of the season. The most recent match ended in a 1-0 win for Real Salt Lake. LA Galaxy will have to show up in prime form to slow down Kyle Beckerman and the rest of RSL. Overall I don't see much changing.
My Pick: Real Salt Lake, 2-1
Toronto FC – DC United
Toronto started their season with a bang as Jermain Defoe dismantled the Seattle Sounders defense. The Reds are showing aggression, poise and speed on all parts of the pitch. DC United is coming off of a bye after being bludgeoned by Columbus Crew 3-0. United needs to pull their defense together, otherwise Defoe will have a field day.
My Pick: Toronto, 2-0
Colorado Rapids – Portland Timbers
The number “1” seems to be a repeating curse for the Timbers, as is drawing against the opposition. Following two separate 1-1 draws, Portland looks to finally put away an opponent. Colorado had a scare last week against the New York Red Bulls. Thanks to a penalty kick, the Rapids left with a draw and will have another tough task in the Portland Timbers.
My Pick: Draw 1-1
Columbus Crew – Philadelphia Union
Columbus and their dynamic offense led by Federico Higuian make their home debut against a very tough Philadelphia Union squad. When these two teams met earlier in the Disney Pro Classic, Columbus won 1-0 thanks to an Higuain penalty kick. Union has proven time and time again to have an underrated defense and I think this will be a low scoring affair.
My Pick: Draw, 1-1
FC Dallas – Chivas USA
This is a matchup of two teams I can not get a good read on. Chivas has been surprising this year by stunning Chicago and almost left Vancouver with a win after being down a man. FC Dallas has been up and down as well. After scoring three points against the Montreal Impact, Dallas failed to score a single goal against the Houston Dynamo. This one will be my hero pick.
My Pick: Chivas USA, 2-1
Sporting KC – San Jose Earthquakes
In a battle of two CONCACAF competitors, fatigue may determine the winner. Both teams are coming off of hard fought draws and . Sporting has shown resilience on defense, but has yet to score a goal with a position other than defender. San Jose has shown it's talent level, but a porous defense causes them to play from behind more often than not.
My Pick: San Jose, 1-0
March 23rd Match
Chicago Fire – New York Red Bulls
A matchup of underachieving squads face off to try and gain ground early in the year. Chicago has really missed striker Mike Magee as the offense has been wildly erratic. While other players have stepped up, it hasn't looked like the same Fire team from last year. Meanwhile, New York is still looking for an identity after two sub-par performances and gains an opportunity against struggling Chicago.
My Pick: Draw 0-0