MLS Week 27 picks

Every week, editors get together and pick the results for that week’s matches. And every week I think, I can pick them at least as accurately as they can. As such, here’s the first edition of the RSL Diary weekly MLS soccer pics.

Result Home Away
New England Revolution Toronto FC v New England Revolution
Toronto has been playing so atrociously that I think they’ve forgotten how to win. On the other hand, the Revs have been playing relatively well and are coming back from completely destroying the Union (and my MLS Fantasy Soccer Manager hopes) last week, 5-1.
Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake v Portland Timbers
 With the injuries and Kah serving a suspension, I don’t expect the Timbers to pull off their best showing in Sandy. And I think it’s their best showing that they need to pull off to come away with a win against RSL.
Seattle Sounders Columbus Crew v Seattle Sounders FC
 The Crew also had their asses collectively handed to them in a 4 – nil shutout against, oh yeah, RSL. On the other hand, each week Clint Dempsey plays, he’ll get more in form, and they’re coming off a tough-fought win against Portland last week, the Crew (who will be missing Federico Higuain) should be relatively easy-pickings at this point.
Montreal Impact Philadelphia Union v Montreal Impact
 In the last 4 matches, the Union has won 1, and that was against DC United, so it doesn’t really count. More importantly, they haven’t scored more than 2 goals (and that was against DC) and played 90 minutes against the Red Bulls 2 weeks ago without either team hitting the back of the net. Meanwhile, the Impact have won their last two, including a 5 – nothing shutout against the Dynamo last week.
New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls v D.C. United
 DC United. Need I say more? All respect to Ben Olsen, who I have a lot of appreciation for, but this team — just…wow. If they get themselves out of the gutter this season, it will be a blessing.
Colorado Rapids Sporting Kansas City v Colorado Rapids
 I almost called the Rapids / KC game the other way. But in their last 10 matches, the Rapids have only lost once. That’s an incredible run of form against a team who will come into this match having lost 2 in a row.
LA Galaxy Los Angeles Galaxy v San Jose Earthquakes
 While I wish I could say that the Earthquakes will beat the Galaxy (it’s sort of a battle of which team I hate more), I can’t justify making that call. Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez have all been playing fantastically whereas the Earthquakes…yeah, not so much. Sure they haven’t done horribly in recent weeks, but it’s still not enough to beat down the defending MLS Cup champions I’m sad to say.
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire v Houston Dynamo
 The Fire winning or losing seems to be a coin toss since acquiring Mike Magee this season. And it really is since getting Magee, who’s been key to any success they’ve had. Take him out of the equation and they are performing marginally better than DC. If Magee has a good game, I expect them to win and I expect him to have a good game.
Chivas USA Vancouver Whitecaps v Chivas USA
 Okay, this may just be wishful thinking. The Whitecaps have been playing surprisingly well this season and are the current leaders in the Cascadia Cup. Still, having watched last week’s 3-2 win over the Red BullsChivas is a team that is easily taken for granted, and they are starting to play like they actually know what they are doing. I can see them making a surprise comeback in the last few weeks of the 2013 season.

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