Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Three For Three: MLSR Predictions

Seattle Sounders FC (10-6-7) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10-7-7) 

William Schulz: Playing two matches on the road made last week was a rough one for the folks in Seattle. Losing a cup final followed by a last-minute loss to the nigh-unstoppable Earthquakes. What better way to recover than a win over a rival? Home field advantage will give Seattle a much-needed confidence boost, and Vancouver will be playing on short rest after a Wednesday match against Western Conference stragglers FC Dallas. Three points to the men in green, the rebound starts now. SEA 2-0 VAN

Luke Lohr: The Vancouver Whitecaps are a powerful team in the league, but also an unpredictable one. We've seen them beat San Jose, take down Real Salt Lake and then falter in awkward situations to lesser teams. Seattle is coming off an interesting week as they lost the US Open Cup match in penalty kicks and then lost again to San Jose. Unlikely they recover to take down a surging Vancouver side. Vancouver wins this in a hard fought match. SEA 1-2 VAN

Leanne Elston: This match should be a fun one. I think Seattle are going to make some things right after the disappointment of losing the Open Cup final (there goes another of my predictions...) as well as falling late to San Jose last week. Unfortunately for Vancouver, now might not be the ideal time to be traveling to CenturyLink Field (although when is it ever ideal to play there?). These teams are level on points at the moment and they both want to keep the LA Galaxy behind them, but I do think one of them will bag all three points. Seattle gets the hard-fought 3-2 win. SEA 3-2 VAN

Pedro Gomes: I give this one to Seattle all day, everyday. First of all, they are back at home. Secondly, despite losing to the Earthquakes in dramatic fashion this past weekend, they played very well against the league leaders, and most of that game was without a number of key pieces. I feel that they will do very well against the Whitecaps with their regular starters back in the line-up and with a strong desire to turn their recent misfortune around. And let us not forget the nearly 40 thousand fans that will be there to support them as well. SEA 2-1 VAN

Montreal Impact (10-13-3) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (14-5-5) 

William Schulz: Montreal have had a good first MLS season despite their poor start and San Jose are the current kings of the league. What looks like a slaughter waiting to happen on paper may not necessarily play out like one. Montreal can hold their own well at home, and San Jose have several players involved in international friendlies on Wednesday. I expect Montreal to approach this one with a “hold on for dear life” mentality and I think they even snatch a goal. On the San Jose side of things I expect a LOT of offensive pressure and a goal, but no late winner (gasp). MTL 1-1 SJ

Luke Lohr: I'd have to agree with my co-host in saying that there is little doubt San Jose is the best team in the league. However, he is correct in pointing out that several players will be drained from traveling on international duty and for those headed down to Azteca, it is no easy feat. That the game is played in Montreal is a huge boost for the home team because not only is the game a cross-continental match for San Jose, but the home crowd is a fantastic one. Montreal has looked better in recent weeks and are becoming a team that is difficult to play against for sure. This match has circumstances that make it likely a draw, despite the standings. MTL 1-1 SJ

Leanne Elston: While Montreal are a decent team right now -- currently they're three points out of the playoff picture -- I just can't see them being strong enough to beat San Jose. Unless something really drastic happens, I see San Jose winning the Western Conference, and even though crazy things happen in MLS all the time, I see this match pretty easily going the Quakes' way. I'm still expecting the Impact to get on the scoreboard, and maybe they even take an early 1-0 lead, but in the end it's gonna be that whole "goonies never say die" business. A comfortable win for San Jose. MTL 1-3 SJ

Pedro Gomes: There is no doubt that San Jose is the best team in the league and that Montreal have been steadily improving as the season has worn on. However, the question for me is whether or not San Jose can overcome potentially missing a number of players to the FIFA International Calendar date on the 15th. They could potentially be missing, Wondolowski, Gordon, Bernardez, Chavez, and Beitashour. If for some reason these players can not be ready for the match against Montreal I see this being a close match and ending in a draw for the Impact. Oh, and don't forget this is a cross country trip for the Quakes. Something that always has an effect on a team. MTL 1-1 SJ

Chicago Fire (11-7-5) vs. New England Revolution (6-12-5) 

William Schulz: This match carries a bit of significance in regards to the Eastern Conference playoff race. Chicago will want to distance themselves from the pack, while New England are on the outside looking in. Chicago has begun to gel a bit and it’s showing in their recent form. New England are benefitting from losing a certain piece of dead weight. Unfortunately, I just don’t think New England can manage this one, and the door to the playoffs is closing quickly. CHI 1-0 NE

Luke Lohr: This is a battle with serious ramifications for the east. Chicago is a very good team. With the addition of Fernandez, they become even stronger. New England for their part also seem to be on the right track. Ridding themselves of Shalrie Joseph is a fantastic step in the right direction. Yes, Joseph was their captain and a solid talent, but he also was the last remaining leader from an under-performing side (Reis is not a leader, despite his clout).There are many bright spots for New England, but they don't match up in a manner that brings them a win this time out. Chicago takes this. CHI 2-1 NE

Leanne Elston: Honestly, I feel for New England. Things just aren't going their way right now, and they're about to face a Chicago team that's sitting fourth in the East with sights set on the playoffs. I don't see the Revolution breaking through in this one, but I do think it'll be a close one. Chicago get on the board first and the Revs manage to get an equalizer, but it won't be enough. Fortunately for the Fire, they're gonna grab the three points towards the end while New England are forced yet again to accept defeat. CHI 2-1 NE

Pedro Gomes: Chicago have begun to "Warm Up" lately. Sorry I couldn't help myself. But seriously they really have. With the addition of Fernandez and the improved play of MacDonald and Rolfe i can see Chicago continuing to roll at home against the struggling Revolution. Not too be too hard on the Revs, but although they are creating a good number of chances, they just are having a very difficult time converting these chances. If there tough luck continues against Chicago I see this game getting away fairly quickly from the Revs. CHI 3-2 NE


1. Pedro – 8/21 – 38.1% - 1 Exact 

2. Luke – 8/21 – 38.1% - 1 Exact 

3. Leanne – 7/21 – 33.3% - 1 Exact 

4. William – 6/21 – 28.6% - 1 Exact

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