Posts Tagged ‘Colorada Rapids’
April 20, 2012 3 comments
Dan – 17 out of 30
Nick – 13 out of 30
DK: This week we’re going to incorporate a special guest pick set of our dear, beloved friend, Johnny “Vegas”. Let’s see if he’s as sharp as we are.
Jh: As sharp as you guys? Judging by your season record you guys are as sharp as a ball peen hammer.
NY: We basically use this weekly segment to post content to the blog, as well as make fun of the other teams in MLS anyway.
DK: TFC vs Chicago – Not much to be presented by these two teams. TFC gets their first points through a 0-0 tie.
JH: Toronto vs Chicago: when gambling a man must have rules. Always double down on 11 in blackjack, Never bet on the hard ten in craps Ect. First rule of MLS game picking, always go against Canadian teams. Chicago isn’t much better than Toronto but just picked up Chris Rolffe back from his two and a half year tour of Denmark. Expect him in the game day 18 and so give the fire a big boost upfront. Chi 2-0
NY: Vancouver hosting Dallas makes hefty travel for the visitors. FCD will travel just 600 miles less than Union will by going to L.A. The difference is that Dallas has Brek Shea, and Union don’t have anyone that good. Dallas triumphs in this one 2-0.
DK: Portland vs KC – I’m jumping on the bandwagon… well granted, if you asked me last year I would say that KC looks like a fantastic team anyway. But they are undefeated right now. They’re legitimately on fire and I don’t see them giving this up that easily, especially against a team such as Portland. The one thing with this game is that it will be in their Jedi Wen stadium, and with a chainsaw buzzing at a more annoying level than vuvuzela, it will be a tough one for them. KC 2-1
JH: Portland vs Kansas City: another gambling rule I live by, anytime the best team in the league plays the worst team in the western conference. Always go with the best. Sporting KC are a balanced scoring team with a nightmare back line. And they have a tendency to beat up on bad teams. And right now Portland is BAD. 3-0 Sporting.
NY: Houston’s traveling circus hits Ohio this weekend, and the homeless Dynamo take on the Crew. Columbus were unlucky to lose to Union last week, the only goal coming from a penalty kick. They get to rebound against the team-whose-new-home-stadium-is-still-being-built Houston. It’s always tough playing every game on the road to open the season, just ask KC. But Houston managed to score a goal playing underwater (that match in Chicago that was stopped after 65 minutes due to rain). Columbus couldn’t take advantage of a makeshift Union backline last week, and they won’t fare any better against the hobos of MLS. I see it ending 2-1 Houston, because they’ve only played 4 matches so far this season so the uninjured players have fresh legs.
DK: DC vs NY – I would be picking NY in this game anyway – considering DC just tied against Montreal last night (a bright side in the dark world of philly sports which was last night), but Rafa Marquez is fined and suspended for his blatant disregard for the talent that is Shea Selinas. So I’m saying NY wins so much more outstandingly than before, and expect them to go on a tear while their monkey is off their back. NY 3-1
NY: New York’s luck gets better and better. They got rid of that nuisance Luke Rodgers and played better. Now, the league gifted them a reprieve from that thug, Rafa Marquez. New York takes this one 2-0, as DeRo’s dancing shoes will not be needed this week.
JH: Colorado vs LA: normally a match up of the last two champions would be prime time viewing but alas this year so far LA and the Rapids have been middling at best. But much like the early 2000 lakers I expect the fightin Donovan’s to start turning it on. 1-0 LA.
DK: Colorado vs LA has the makings of a decent skilled match… and then you realize that they’re not on top like they both usually are. I still think it should be a great match to watch, but nothing much in it for either – 1-1 tie.
JH: San Jose vs Real Salt Lake: Two very evenly matched teams, A San Jose win puts them at the top of the western table while a RSL win locks them firmly at the top. But without Shea Selinas I don’t think the earthquakes have enough firepower to keep RSL from shutting down Chris Wondolowski. Espindola grabs a goal and RSL steals one on the road 1-0.
NY: Real Salt Lake visiting San Jose is a chance for RSL to get right back on the winning track. There’s certainly no shame in them losing to KC at this point in the season, with Sporting having such a good run right now. The intrigue comes from Real looking immediately below where they sit, atop the conference standings, to see the Earthquakes just 2 points behind, with a game-in-hand. Don’t worry, no one thought San Jose would be in 2nd place at any point of the year, either. I pick RSL to put SJE in their place, 3-2
DK: Chivas verse Union. Chivas being mine and Nick’s definitive “Loser each week, every week”, this will be the game that will test how well the Union as a team is this year. Remember, Chivas snuck in 3 points against a stagnant RSL offense – a little more than what we as fans can predict the Union to do when those two face off – and beat Toronto and Portland. Some factors to take into play – 1) East coast west coast travel… this is a 10:30 pm game – 7:30 pm PST. Jetlag will be in effect. 2) Some scuttlebutt says the Califf did not travel, but we are more than happy with Gaddis in there as a replacement. 3) It’s Chivas. A lot of factors, mostly team based, are in our way of a victory here, but I’m still putting it in that Chivas is complete shit. Union win 1-0 off either a set piece or a lucky PK.
JH: Union vs Chivas: Have the union even scored a goal from actual game play? I think Novak’s plan is only score off set pieces and PKs. Defensively the Union are rock solid and MacMath is coming into his own. Novak’s perfect season carries on as no one scores. 0-0
NY: Interesting pick, this match. Chivas, though they have 9 points, are winless at home. They’ve both played Portland at Jeld-Wen Stadium, where Union lost and Chivas won. They’ve also both hosted Vancouver, where Union got a scoreless draw and Chivas lost 1-0. The aforementioned travel effects, along with the fact that Chivas have not conceded more than a single goal in any match so far, would have me pegging this as a Union loss. But The Goats, for some strange reason, don’t play well at Home Depot Center. Maybe they lose footing in the body marks Landon Donovan leaves after he dives. 1-1 draw.
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