Seattle dominated Toronto FC, easily beating their offside trap on numerous occasions. David Estrada earned player of the week for his great performance, making the TFC defense look like a recreational side. The one downside was Mauro Rosales injury, who's creativity will be missed.
Houston have started well, with two 1-0 wins away from home. However, they were against two weaker clubs in New England and San Jose. Getting a result at the fortress that is Century Link Field will likely be another matter.
Look for Seattle to come up big at home once again and have Houston counting the days to their home opener. Take Seattle..
Portland had an amazing first season in the MLS last year, just missing out on the play-offs, with incredible fan support - selling out every match. They are looking to build on that momentum this year with the signing of Scottish striker Kris Boyd. The ex-Rangers 100-goal plus great has arrived and scored in his first appearance with the Timbers. That match completed an undefeated preseason for Portland. Jeld-Wen Field and the Timber Army will be in great voice once again, creating a very difficult pitch for any visiting club.
Philadelphia have improved in each of their two season in the MLS, but we will see if that trend continues.
Sebastien Le Toux left the Union for Vancouver, but they were able to bring in 6’1” Columbian Lionard Pajoy. They also lost starting keeper and leader, Faryd Mondragon who went back to his native Columbia. These two big changes make take some time for adjusting.
Portland should come out strong in front of their supporters and cause Philadelphia problems. Take Portland.
New England had an impressive preseason under their new manager, former broadcaster and player, Jay Heaps. Heaps has introduced a new system to create more goals and it has seemed to work. However, they are meeting goal scoring champion, Chris Wondolowski and San Jose at Buck Shaw Stadium in the opener. The Earthquakes had a good preseason of their own, including a 5-0 thrashing of Chivas in their last match. Take New England.
The Montreal Impact will make their debut as the 19th club in the MLS as they travel across the country to play Canadian rivals Vancouver on Bell Pitch. While Montreal are just getting started and will need some time to develop, the Whitecaps have had a very successful preseason, going undefeated, including taking the Disney Pro Soccer Challenge title. Vancouver added experienced striker Sebastien Le Toux to play along Eric Hassli and they also signed South Korean Young-Pyo Lee to strengthen their back line. Vancouver are favored by -0.5 at 2.15 and certainly worth a chance.
submitted on 10 Mar. 2012 03:26 (Sat)
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