Week 9 picks

Well, five ties in nine matches last week was a disaster for my picks. But, the great thing about MLS is there’s always another week of picks over the horizon, literally. There are still 20 weeks of picks to be made, plenty of time to boost my overall record to a respectable percentage.

Chicago at Toronto FC
Chicago may be unbeaten, but six of its eight results are draws. Against what should be a motivated Toronto team with first-place in its sights, the Fire will suffer their first loss today. Toronto 2-1.

Colorado at New England
The Revolution are no doubt happy to be home this weekend having played five of their first seven games on the road. Against a Colorado team that traditionally struggles on the road the Revs are poised to climb back into the Eastern Conference race with a win. New England 2-0.

Houston at New York Red Bulls
A rematch of a nil-nil snorefest earlier this year, it’s hard to imagine the second leg being anything but another bore. Draw 1-1.

Seattle at FC Dallas
Dallas is the worst team in the league with just four points, and on paper probably has no shot against visiting Seattle. However, this is a home match for the Hoops and I smell an upset this week. Dallas 3-2.

Kansas City at Real Salt Lake
The Wizards are 1-3-1 in five road matches, whereas RSL is 3-0-1 in four home matches. It won’t be a blowout like the New England match, but I foresee RSL actually hanging on to its victory this weekend.

D.C. United at Chivas USA
I’m not buying into the D.C. United hype. Fourteen points through nine matches is respectable, but not great. Chivas, however, has been far and away the best team in MLS and it will continue this weekend. Chivas 1-0.

Columbus at L.A. Galaxy
In a combined 16 matches this year, these teams have combined for 11 ties. Common sense says to go with a tie here as well. Draw 2-2.

Week 2 record: 0-7
Week 3 record: 4-4
Week 4 record: 1-6
Week 5 record: 3-3
Week 6 record: 5-2
Week 7 record: 2-5
Week 8 record: 2-7

Note: With three options in soccer picks, 33% would be considered average.

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