Welcome back to your weekly progonticatin’ segment. This is our second week of mid-week matches, this time featuring actual decent matchups. Let’s jump into it and I hope y’all set your MLS Fantasy lineups.
Toronto FC v Orlando City SC – Two of the best defenses in the East, and maybe two of the hottest teams in the East right now. Giovinco and Altidore are finding their form which is great, because where the fuck has Michael Bradley been. 1-0 to the Purple Lions
Sporting KC v New York RB – The Red Bulls have climbed back up to 2nd place in the East and KC also currently sits 2nd in the West. SKC bounced back from their loss to FC Dallas with rolling over Mike Petke and Real. Red Bulls have won 3 in a row and seemed to have found their form after reverting back to their formation from last year. Sporting KC keeps their hype train rolling 2-1
Colorado Rapids v Vancouver Whitecaps – Goddamn the Rapids are really bad, really, really bad! SO bad in fact their Supporters Group Centennial 38 basically called them out in an Open Letter. Oh the joys of a Stan Kroenke owned team! The Whitecaps on the other hand are riding high after a road win in the Bridesmaid Canada Derby. Whitecaps 2-1
Seattle Sounders v Toronto FC – Your 2016 MLS Cup Rematch. Toronto has only beaten Seattle twice and this being the early match on Saturday means not a ton of recovery time. The Timbers are unbeaten in their last 11 home matches and are conceding less than a goal per game during that stretch. Sounders 3-1
DC United v Montreal Impact – The DC Uniteds host the Impact. Montreal is reeling from Vancouver coming to town and smash and grabbing 3 points and DC United is flying high after taking all 3 points in the battle of the Uniteds (East Coast Edition). Montreal has been shit on the road recently and DC United seems to be playing like RFK is a fortress now. 2-1 to the Uniteds
Philadelphia Union v New York RB – I’d argue that coming off a short break that the Red Bulls would be vulnerable, but really, I’ mean really. Bold predition, Jim Curtin isn’t managing the Union at this time next week, in part due to the 1-3 thrashing they are about to experience at the hands of the Red Bulls.
Columbus Crew v New England Revolution – Weirdly both of these teams are at 0 GD. The Revs have 10 points, the Crew has 13 points. So I don’t know, I guess MAPFRE is a tough place to play, ask the Mexican National Team, so let’s go Crew 2-1.
Houston Dynamo v Orlando City SC – The classic, Unstoppable Force v Immovable Object. Houston has one of the most high flying offenses in the league and Orlando’s defense has been the best in the East. Orlando has won 4 in a row and Houston has been great at home. It just matters what Cubo Torres shows up? 2016 Torres or 2017 Torres. I predict 2017 Torres, Houston wins 2-1.
Real Salt Lake v FC Dallas – FC Dallas is a slow starting team this year and RSL has been an absolute hot garbage fire this year! Dallas still manages find away to draw this matches that they should win on the road. 0-0
LA Galaxy v Chicago Fire – The Chicago Fire vs and actual Tire Fire in LA. Curt Onalfo is not long for this world and one wonders who the Galaxy might target as a big time signing before the transfer window closes. The Fire have come back down to earth a bit but Dax and Bastian will lead the way as their is a race to see who can fire their coach first, Philly or LA. 1-2 Fire.
San Jose Earthquakes v Portland Timbers – San Jose came into Minnesota and controlled the game from start to finish keeping MNUFC off the scoreboard for the first time at home. The Timbers almost stole 3 points in Dallas last week but for a late FCD goal. San Jose will make this a boring ass game, but the Timbers have far too much firepower to stay off the board. 1-2 Timbers.
MNUFC v Sporting KC – An early Sunday match on FS1, so an opportunity to prove Alexi Lalas wrong for MNUFC. In spite of the loss the Loons defense has managed to look halfway decent if their offense has sputtered along the way since then. MNUFC has conceded 25 goals and scored 13, while Sporting KC has conceded only 3 goals and has only socred nine, 6 of those in 2 matches. Expect a low scoring hard fought match as these clubs have some US Open Cup history. 0-0 draw.
New York City FC v Atlanta United – Two similar yet very different expansion philosophies square off. While NYCFC went the aging European DP route for their expansion season Atlanta went the young South American DP route. Atlanta has legitimate playoff aspirations in their first season, but this will be their first trip to the very narrow pitch that is Yankee Stadium and so that will affect their ability to play from out wide. NYCFC wins 2-1
That’s all folks!