John Nyen has moved back to Portland. Everything is slower. Especially the previews. When you ride a fixie with Toms on.
Ahhh life… wonderful, painful and sometimes quite busy. I managed to watch a fair number of games this week and even attend one.
This week, my pithy analysis will be replaced entirely by Haikus. Almost certainly, I will actually screw up the necessary 5-7-5.
I went 2 – 6 again this week, which honestly was expected. However, I took heart from looking at the win percentage and overall picks of those on the MLS website. This is a tough sport to predict.
That pushes my record to…18 – 17 with 4 exactas. Time for a comeback. Time for… revenge.
As always, all times are east coast, all music is subject to taste and all dogs go to heaven or at least a Don Bluth film. Some dogs go to the pound while others simply go out for Italian.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
3:30PM – Philadelphia v Columbus – PPL Park – Television: NBC Sports
All defensive game
Much depends on the midfield
Does Nowak get Fired?
My prediction for the game: Draw 1-1
4:00PM – New England v D.C. United – Gillette Stadium – Television: Local Only
New England is stout and tough
Which DC will show?
My prediction for the game: Jay Heaps really has done a good job so far molding the Revolution in his image as this dieing ember of a rivalry gets going again. New England play tough, DC tries to play at all. I tend to think this game has a high potential of New England laying an egg at home. DC 2 – 0 Revs
4:00PM – Seattle v Colorado – CenturyLink Field – Television: Local Only
Rapids must find their road verve
Mullen is getting booed
My prediction for this game: Seattle is winning this one, I would think. Seattle 1 – Colorado 0
4:30PM – Toronto FC v Chivas USA – BMO Field – Television: Local Only
Chivas is a stout
team, where Toronto is not
advantage first score
My prediction for this game: Chivas is better than you realize. They are tough, coached well and could be a surprise team causing some havoc at times (when they are playing well) in the West. Meanwhile… Toronto…. er…. I’m going with the Chivas verve just running out here. Toronto to get their win at home. Toronto 3 – Chivas 2
7:00PM – New York v San Jose – Red Bull Arena – Television: Local Only
Cooper likes service
problem in Portland, service was
My prediction for this game: So a major bow to Matthew Murphy on twitter for his call that New York was scoring like crazy. Now I do want to say that San Jose is a tough tough out. They play hard defensively and play a very old school style of soccer relying on industry and work (and a good hold up man up top).
Also, the juvenation of Kenny Cooper is showing that quite a bit of his problem was the service (as it is again this year) from Portland. This just in… Thierry Henry is STILL very good. I’m going with Red Bull on this one. San Jose is going to give them a game, so I doubt this goes a blow out like some of the earlier games, but I think New York currently has the verve. New York 2 – San Jose 0
8:30PM – FC Dallas v Montreal – FC Dallas Stadium – Television: Local Only
Dallas plays like a
Impact team future
If draft goes well 2013
My prediction for this game: Dallas to win. Montreal to try to slow the game down on the road and attempt to hit on the break. Dallas 1-0
8:30PM – Sporting KC v Real Salt Lake – Livestrong Sporting Park – Television: Local Only
Eyegasm, a treat
Brutality versus skill
Sporting goes direct?
My prediction for this game: With Salt Lake trying to out posess Sporting, anticipate RSL trying to go five in the midfield in an attempt to overwhelm the Sporting midfield. Anticipate Sporting attempting to break this by physically going after the RSL midfield and going slightly more vertical than they have prior. I go with Real Salt Lake taking down Sporting for the first time this year. 1-0
10:30PM – Los Angeles v Portland – The Home Depot Center – Television: Local Only
Who can stop losing?
When two streaks collide. Defense
will be key for both
My prediction for this game: Ugh…. Portland play in a way that hurts LA in the same way that LA plays in a way that really hurts Portland. Tough to say but I am going for the home team to break the snide. LA 2 – Portland 1
Sunday, April 15, 2012
7:00PM – Chicago v Houston – Toyota Park – Television: Galavision
Fire versus Houston
Will Grazinni find his feet?
Houston need to score
My Prediction: Tough game for both here as I anticipate Houston to play physical. If Chicago’s playmakers show up, then they may find a way through a solid defense. Is Will Bruin going to score? Chicago 1 – Houston 0