Otto Greule Jr
All the info you'll need to watch all of this week's MLS action, along with staff predictions for every match.
After a pretty great Week 1 for your humble editorial staff's predictions, we've kind of lost the plot. Week 2 did us no favors, and Week 3 wasn't much kinder. (Ben didn't get shut out this time, at least. So there's that.) Apparently the old cliche is true: when rivals play, you just throw out the records, along with any sense of logic or propriety. Here's how we did during Rivalry Week and where things stand in the predictions league through three weeks.
Week 3 Scores (possible 9): Adam: 3 points | Chest: 2 pts | Benuski: 1 pt | Stephen: 2 pts
Total Scores (possible 26): Adam: 9 pts | Chest: 10 pts | Benuski: 5 pts | Stephen: 10 pts
Week 4 sees the first international absences of the new season, as MLS steadfastly insists on scheduling meaningful matches during FIFA fixture dates, during which teams are required to release players for national team duty. Because it's a good thing to watch teams missing their best players. Anyway, here's the match schedule for the week, along with TV information and our picks.
While we can be nervous about playing without Dejan Jakovic, it's worth pointing out that Columbus will be without striker Jairo Arrieta (called up for Costa Rica). The good news? No one called up the Crew's extremely vulnerable fullbacks. -Chest
If the Sporks don't find a win against New England, even while shorthanded, get ready to start seeing "What's wrong in KC" stories. (The answer: no Espinoza, like we've been saying around here all offseason.) -Adam
Adam: MTL. Chest: MTL. Benuski: MTL. Stephen: MTL.
The Red Bulls will be the most desperate team in MLS this weekend as they seek to avoid a 2-points-in-4-games start, but it won't be enough to crack the well-organized Impact. -Stephen
Sat. Mar. 23, 8:30 pm: Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - MLS Live
Adam: HOU. Chest: HOU. Benuski: HOU. Stephen: HOU.
Will Bruin has to get going at some point... -Benuski
Yes, I realize about half the RSL squad is away on international duty, but I'm going with a hunch on this one. Both teams will be without their starting GK and the striker they most rely on for consistent goalscoring, and in MLS parity usually takes control when you take away enough important players. -Chest
Sat. Mar. 23, 10:30 pm: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders - MLS Live
Adam: SJ. Chest: Draw. Benuski: Draw. Stephen: Draw.
Unless Obafemi Marin can single-handedly carry the Sounders scoring burden, I don't see them finding the net, even against a depleted Quakes back line. -Adam
Hey, Fire! Get a couple surprising results and you could be the Chivas USA of early April! -Stephen
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Did your picks fare as badly as ours last week? Let us know and make your guesses for this week in the comments.