Week 16 picks

Several exciting match-ups are on tap for this holiday weekend, and it gets underway here at Rio Tinto Stadium. Here’s a look at my Week 16 MLS picks.

San Jose at Real Salt Lake
RSL is missing some key players, but it really shouldn’t matter against the softest defense in MLS. The home side should pick up right where it left off last week with another convincing victory. RSL 3-0.

D.C. United at Columbus
First place in the East will be on the line in this match, and it’s hard not to pick the home team. Aside for its bizarre loss at FC Dallas, Columbus has been one of the best teams in MLS for the past two months. Columbus 2-1.

Chicago at Colorado
This is an intriguing match for a Fire squad that’s on a three-game losing streak. That losing streak is in league play, whereas the Fire have regained some confidence recently by advancing out of SuperLiga group play. It should be enough to earn a point. Draw 1-1.

Houston at Kansas City
Now that the mounting pressure of its lengthy unbeaten streak is over, the Dynamo should be able to get back to their winning ways even without Stuart Holden. Houston 2-0.

New York at FC Dallas
Expect a sparse crowd for this match-up between two of the worst teams in MLS. Also, expect another loss from New York which is 0-9-1 on the road this year. FC Dallas 3-1.

New England at Los Angeles
The Galaxy are a confident group following its win over Houston last week, and with Landon Donovan returning this weekend that comfort level will only increase. New England is also confident after winning its group in the SuperLiga, and it should escape with a point. 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
Week 9 record: 2-5
Week 10 record: 5-2
Week 11 record: 2-4
Week 12 record: 2-4
Week 13 record: 4-3
Week 14 record: 1-4
Week 15 record: 2-2

Season Record: 35-59

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

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