MLS Gamethread: Week 16

Alaska Airlines vs Advocare. - Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Another reduced weekend, with lots of teams getting the day off.

I think we are far enough along in the season that we can now start projecting what results are best for the Sounders. Sure, the general rule of thumb is still "tie" but as the weeks go on, a more clear picture will continue to form.


Portland Timbers-FC Dallas (ESPN2) (Game of the Week)
Two of the three teams above Seattle in the west face off, both short-handed with WCQ absences. However, the Timbers have a decided advantage in this matchup. They have the home field, they have the national attention, and they may be able to survive the Dallas attack while Blas Perez is away. The Timbers haven't lost in a long time, and they'll be extra motivated to get a psychological advantage on their upcoming US Open Cup opponents. This match could get chippy in a hurry.
Prediction: Portland
Ideal: Draw

DC United-Toronto FC
Single digits. These two clubs are still on single digits. One has eight points on the year, the other has SIX. If there were ever a good argument for promotion and relegation, that would be it. Yet even with such a system in place, the teams would not be put out ot their misery until the end of the season. They still have a long way to go, and this season isn't likely to end positively.
Prediction: District of Columbia
Ideal: District of Columbia

Columbus Crew-Montreal Impact (Univision Dep.)
It's raining goals! Hallelujah it's raining goals! Marco Di Vaio is on freaking fire, along with the rest of the Montreal Impact team currently leading the league in points per game. A three-three tie isn't completely out of the question in this one, but Columbus' recent form has me looking at a Montreal win.
Prediction: Montreal
Ideal: Columbus

Colorado Rapids-San Jose Earthquakes (Stream of the Week)
Two basement-dwellers make up the "Stream of the Week" this week, which in context just seems like a budget opportunity. The Rapids are in fine form without a loss in more than a month It might be worth watching as long as it doesn't feature the broadcast crew of the Earthquakes.
Prediction: Rapids
Ideal: Draw

Vancouver Whitecaps-New England Revolution
The Revolution have suddenly become a handful for opposing clubs. Vancouver is not as bad as their loss last week would suggest, however, and the Revs are flying across the country into perhaps the fourth most intimidating atmosphere in Major League Soccer. I still expect the Whitecaps to make the playoffs, but if that is in their plans, they need to start winning now, against a club that hasn't lost in five.
Prediction: Draw
Ideal: Revolution

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