Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MLS Week 16 Predictions

Normally the 4th of July weekend is full of fireworks.  This season in the MLS, not so much.  However, I do expect one match to feature a ton of scoring - Portland vs Kansas City on July 2nd.  Portland is leading the league in goals at home, averaging 1.875 per match.  Jeld-Wen Stadium, Portland's home pitch, has been the highest scoring venue in the league with 3.25 goals per match which is well above the league average of 2.42 per match.  Some claim that the size of their field is a factor.  There may be something to this as Portland is the lowest scoring team in the league on the road (0.429 per match) and also allows the most goals per match on the road (2.143).  On the other side of the pitch, Kansas City's road matches have averaged 3 goals per match which is second only to Chivas (3.125).  Sporting KC is one of the better teams at road scoring and also one of the worst at allowing goals on the road.  So I expect a lot of offense in this match and am predicting a final score of Portland 3 Kansas City 2.

Here are the rest of my predictions for the weekend:

Predicted Score
Toronto FC 1Vancouver 1
D.C. United 1Philadelphia 2
FC Dallas  1Columbus 0
Chivas USA 1Chicago 1
San Jose 1New York 1
Colorado 1Houston 1
Real Salt Lake 2New England 0
Los Angeles 1Seattle 1

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