Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Three for Three: MLSR Predictions

Real Salt Lake (10-6-2) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (7-5-5)

William Schulz: I think this will be a close match, considering neither team is in the best form at the moment. That being said, I think Real Salt Lake are the better team and will claim all the points. Seattle will sneak in a goal, but it won’t be enough. RSL 2-1 SEA

Luke Lohr: The tale of two teams desperate to find some traction. RSL has fallen to some worthy opponents playing quality soccer while Seattle seems to have shot themselves in the foot more often. Right now, Seattle has to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. Something about this Sounders team tells me they don't have the mental fortitude to battle the elite for the Western Conference. Salt Lake on the other hand is a team that is used to battling uphill for their results and we've seen them stumble, only to get back up and push that much harder. Expect Salt Lake to take this one in a very chippy match. RSL 2-0 SEA

Leanne Elston: I imagine Jason Kreis and Sigi Schmid have had some choice words for their teams these last few weeks, but I think Sigi's gonna have to wait a bit longer for a better result. I see RSL locking this one up at Rio Tinto and earning the clean sheet to boot. Nobody hold me exactly to this, though. The only thing I'm really comfortable predicting with Seattle is that it will rain on the team's return to the city. RSL 2-0 SEA

Pedro Gomes: This is a very difficult match to predict. Seattle has been consistently average in their last 8 games with their offense playing at a decent level while their defense has been coughing up easy goals.
I see Real Salt Lake exploiting this defense again at home but Seattle also being able to capitalize on suspect RSL defending of late. It will be a fun and entertaining match with a lot of intensity coming
from both teams and both coaches. Neither team can afford to drop any more points. RSL 3-2 SEA

Los Angeles Galaxy (6-9-2) vs. Philadelphia Union (3-9-2)

William Schulz: Both of these teams are on something of a rebound, making what would have been a stinker a few weeks ago into an interesting matchup. That being said, LA seems to have a bit more bounce in their step despite a suspended Beckham. Combine that with home-field advantage and I think Philly walks away disappointed once again. LA 1-0 PHI

Luke Lohr: Philadelphia has shown more fight since the tyranny that was Peter Nowak's regime has been lifted. Still, the way LA is playing right now, I'd expect the Union defense to be overwhelmed. Landon Donovan is seemingly returning to form and Beckham seems downright angry over his England snub. Freddy Adu will need to have the match of his life to lift the Union to victory, and that is unlikely. This match will be full of cards, at least one of them red, but ultimately the Galaxy walk will take three points. LA 2-0 PHI

Leanne Elston: After that 4-3 loss to San Jose in the Cali Clasico, I have a hard time seeing the Galaxy losing at home to Philadelphia. The Union might be on the up, but many would say (and I wouldn't totally disagree) that LA are on the up, too. I see the Galaxy putting this one away with an overall solid performance. LA 3-1 PHI

Pedro Gomes: This game has draw written all over it. Both teams have shown a new found attacking spirit and capability and I believe that will be shown once again. However, Los Angeles continues to struggle defensively and I don't see that stopping this weekend, or until late this season when Omar Gonzalez can be fully match fit and sharp again. Philadelphia will scratch out a late game equalizer and truly deflate this LA squad and home crowd once again. LA 2-2 PHI

Sporting Kansas City (9-5-2) vs. Houston Dynamo (6-5-5) 

William Schulz: This match will not be one for the squeamish. After several thrillers between these two sides the last few seasons and the Eastern Conference Final last year, I think SKC/HOU emerges this year as a real rivalry (and not a pretty one). Expect a LOT of cards. If Sporting can reign in their aggression, I think the road to recovery could start here. SKC 2-1 HOU

Luke Lohr: Sporting KC has been in steady decline of late. Performances, even wins, have been lackluster. The shellacking they took at the hands of Philadelphia in the most obvious of examples. Beyond that, they're just not playing inspiring soccer. Teal Bunbury is a shadow of his former self and Espinoza is not leading the team as he should. This match is more an example of Sporting Kansas City losing rather than Houston winning. SKC 1-3 HOU

Leanne Elston: I don't know that I see Kansas City getting back to winning ways against Houston, but I don't see them throwing away more points at home, either. However, I also fully expect Houston to fight this one out. Houston seem to have had trouble in their last few games with concentration, while Kansas City have allowed Chicago to tighten the gap in the standings. A lot of this game might depend on the midweek match-ups, though -- Kansas must face Montreal and Houston must take on Chicago, important games for all involved. SKC 2-2 HOU

Pedro Gomes: Sporting KC is due for a win. They showed plenty of offensive capability against the Fire in their previous outing but just could not find that last bit of quality to put them away. I think they will come out and continue to pressure Houston in this match-up and they will take advantage of the home crowd and a Houston defense that could be taken advantage of if put under enough pressure. SKC 2-1 HOU


  1. It's laughable that Luke says that Seattle has to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. They haven't been shutout since early May, and just scored two goals in their last match. Get a clue.

  2. I'm sorry, I meant to say put the ball in the back of the net more often than the other team. 0 League wins in the past 5 matches at the time of the article.