MLS Week 5 Predictions
In fantasy soccer I am doing fairly well with a 1-1-2 record. Predictions wise... not even close. Now I am 7-21 and still looking for one good week of picks. Now, here are my week five picks and judging by my record, pick the opposite.
April 5th Fixtures:
Portland Timbers – Seattle Sounders
One question floating over the Seattle camp is the status of Clint Dempsey. Dempsey played all 90 minutes for the national team matchup against Mexico and his playing status was questionable. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has told the media that Dempsey will play, but didn't elaborate on how much. Portland will have problems with Seattle's defense unless their offense wakes up.
My Pick: Seattle, 1-0
Montreal Impact – New York Red Bulls
I think we could see a fairly interesting match here between these two squads. New York is looking to build off of their three consecutive draws against a roller coaster Montreal team. The Impact have been unpredictable and have not made my picks easy. Nevertheless, New York's struggles lead me to believe that we will see a Montreal victory. Game note: forward Jack McInerney might play after the trade from Philadelphia Union
My Pick: Montreal, 2-1
Chicago Fire – Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union has consistently almost had a good season thus far. Despite great efforts, their only win came against a weak New England Revolution squad. Chicago on the other hand has been equally spastic. Mike Magee is still looking to get back to MVP form and faces a stout Union defense. Game note: Andrew Wenger has not been confirmed to play since arriving from Philadelphia Union via trade.
My Pick: Chicago, 2-1
Columbus Crew – Toronto FC
Columbus is on fire and riding a high tide of momentum after a stoppage time victory over the Seattle Sounders. Federico Higuain continues to shine as both an assist and goal machine for the black and gold. Toronto was aimed to take advantage of an aggressive, and sometimes sloppy, Crew defense. However, with Jermain Defoe out due to injury, Micheal Bradley will have to step up to help the Reds leave with points.
My Pick: Columbus, 1-0
Vancouver Whitecaps – Colorado Rapids
The Whitecaps have been a tough team to gauge. After two sub par weeks, they made a statement by defeating the Houston Dynamo 2-1. While an impressive win, it's hard to erase the scoreless draw against New England Revolution. Colorado on the other hand has been nothing shy of impressive this year. Despite dropping their last match against Sporting KC, this squad has shown a lot of life.
My Pick: Colorado Rapids, 2-1
DC United – New England Revolution
This is a tale of two rebounding squads. New England got their first win last week with the help of a San Jose own goal. Revolution have a long way to go before they are able to be back on track. Lee Nguyen has proven instrumental to the Revolution, but United has been rebounding of late. DC United put on a spectacle in a draw against the Chicago Fire. This match could show which team is improving quicker.
My Pick: DC United, 1-0
Houston Dynamo – FC Dallas
FC Dallas is one of the few remaining unbeaten teams left. Dallas has been on fire offensively, scoring six goals in the past three matches. Blaz Perez and Fabian Castillo have been dangerous in the attacking third. Houston dropped their first match of the year last week and are looking to rebound in the battle of Texas. Will Bruin and company will have their hands full against an in form Dallas.
My Pick: Draw, 2-2
Sporting KC – Real Salt Lake
Clash of the MLS titans is here. This is a rematch of the 2013 championship game that came down to penalty kicks. Real Salt Lake has been dominate this season, as evidence by their 3-0 stomping of Toronto FC. Sporting has been slow to get up to speed this year and finally showed life in a 3-2 thrilling win over Colorado Rapids. Sporting KC has been slow to score with their forwards and may run into problems against the RSL defense.
My Pick: Real Salt Lake, 2-1
April 6th Fixture
Chivas USA – LA Galaxy
The Sunday match will be a test of legitimacy of both clubs. Chivas has been a surprise this year and L.A. will prove an adequate test. Erick Torres has found the net numerous times this year and looks to build on his golden boot campaign against the Galaxy. Landon Donovan and company are looking to steady the ship this season. To make my pick for this game I flipped a quarter.
My Pick: LA Galaxy, 1-0