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MLS Viewing Guide, Week Four

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The MLS season rolls on with all teams in action this weekend despite the International Break

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it is very clear that I cannot pick games to save my life, but perhaps that is what makes Major League Soccer so compelling.  The adage that anyone can beat anyone on any given day is very true and right now it is in full display in MLS.  So far there appears to be just one "elite" team in FC Dallas, but several other quality teams that are so far surprising.  Will it last?  Unknown.  And with the International Break this week, this will not be the best slate of games to properly gauge how teams are doing.

My record last week: 2 wins and 6 losses which bring my record to 5-11 on the year (I skipped week one).

The Colorado Rapids travel to Houston to play the Dynamo in a fun match to watch but seems to be generating more buzz for the tape delay then the actual match.

Here is the schedule for the weekend and my picks:

Saturday (3-28)

New England Revolution (0-1-2) vs San Jose Earthquakes (2-1-0)--Gillette Stadium--1PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

I just spoke a bit about surprise teams in MLS and the Quakes have to be one of them.  Yes, they are still playing good defense, but they are also scoring goals.  (2.5 gpg in their last two).  Now, do I think they are an elite team?  No.  But going on the road in a difficult environment on fake grass will be tough for them.  The Revs have looked bad this year as they battle through injuries, but this is a game that is ripe for the taking.  That being said, I am going with a 1-1 draw in this one.

Montreal Impact (0-1-1) vs Orlando City (1-1-1)--Olympic Stadium--2PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

Despite not recording a win yet, the Impact have had a good start to their year, especially when you take into account their run in CONCACAF Champions League.  Orlando City has show flashes so far this season, but I do not see them getting a result at a difficult venue in Montreal.  2-0 Impact.

D.C. United (1-1-0) vs LA Galaxy (1-0-2)--RKF Stadium--5PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

Would the real LA Galaxy please stand and be counted?  Are they the team that ripped the Fire on opening day or are they the team that tied the Timbers and the Dynamo?  I am not impressed with United and this smells of a game that will be ugly to watch, but ultimately a Galaxy victory.  3-1 to the visitors.

New York City FC (1-0-2)  vs Sporting Kansas City (0-1-2)--Yankee Stadium--5PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

SKC has to win a game right?  And NYCFC has to lose right?  Yes, to both of those and I think that at  the end of the season both of these teams will be right there battling for playoff spots.  However, I am not sure that this is a game that SKC wins on the road.  New York has stellar goalkeeping right now and that will be the difference.  1-0 NYCFC

Columbus Crew SC (1-1-0) vs New York Red Bulls (1-0-1)--MAPFRE Stadium--5:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

This is a game that I am looking forward to.  I love the soccer that Columbus plays and I think the Metros are going to surprise this year....that being said, this feels like a Columbus win and I will go with 2-1 Crew.

Vancouver Whitecaps (2-1-0) vs Portland Timbers (0-0-3)--BC Place--6PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

The Caps got a great road win in Orlando last weekend and Portland is still struggling to find their form.  Cascadia matches tend to be surprising and unexpected and I this match should be one that Vancouver wins.  But, I think that Portland picks up all three points in this one with a 2-1 victory.

FC Dallas (3-0-0) vs Seattle Sounders (1-1-0)--Toyota Stadium--6:30PM MDT (MLS LIVE)

Thank you MLS for playing this one over the International Break.  FCD exercises some demons and wins 2-0 over the depleted Sounders.

Houston Dynamo (1-1-1) vs Colorado Rapids (0-0-2)--BBVA Compass Stadium--6:30PM MDT (Altitude Broadcast at 11:30PM)

Well, I had predicted a 3-2 victory for Houston when I did my March preview but there are all sorts of signs that I am way off on this one.  First off, I think that Colorado will score in this match.  They were very close against NYCFC and I think when the Rapids do find the back of the net I think the goals are going to come.  This is a road match and the Rapids are largely crap on the road, but I think they will win (late) 1-0.

Sunday (3-29)

Chicago Fire (0-3-0) vs Philadelphia Union (0-1-2)--Toyota Park--3PM MDT (ESPN2)

This is the ugly match of the week with the terrible Chicago Fire vs the impotent and unlucky Philadelphia Union.  Gonna go with a 0-0 tie.

Real Salt Lake (0-0-2) vs Toronto FC (1-1-0)--Rio Tinto Stadium--5PM MDT (Fox Sports1)

RSL vs TFC.  This should be a beaut to watch.  Our rivals take this match 2-0.