In a busy week that included MLS matches on four different days, you all did a pretty damn good job. The B&RU readers who voted predicted six matches correctly, and edge closer to earning a pregame tailgate. Here's the results from last week, and our predictions for Week 6.
Week 5: Martin: 4. Chest: 4. AMT: 5. Readers: 6.
Overall: Readers: 22. AMT: 21. Chest: 20. Martin: 18.
Thursday April 21, 8:00 PM: DC United vs. New York Red Bulls, ESPN2
Martin: NY. Chest: D.C. AMT: D.C.
I haven't had a bad birthday since I was 10 years old. This game should make it 19 straight years of success. (Chest)
Friday April 22, 9:30 PM: Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders, FSC
Martin: Rapids. Chest: Rapids. AMT: Rapids.
Of the teams in the top couple tiers of the power rankings, Seattle is the one that least look like they belong. Colorado showed against United what they can do if the other side lets their focus slip. Will Seattle be able to stay totally on it for 90 minutes at altitude? I'm skeptical. (AMT)
Saturday April 23, 4:00 PM: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA
Martin: SJ. Chest: SJ. AMT: SJ.
Did offensively inept, creativity-starved Chivas USA just turn down a guy that provides those things for the national team regularly? Did that just happen? Oh, I guess you need to make room for huge MLS stars like Simon Elliott and Nick LaBrocca. Enjoy picking first in next year's draft. (Chest)
Saturday April 23, 4:00 PM: Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew
Martin: Crew. Chest: Crew. AMT: Tie.
The Crew haven't given up a single goal in their four matches since allowing United to score three in Week 1. Do we really think that TFC will be the team to break that streak? (Martin)
Saturday April 23, 7:00 PM: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas
Martin: Van. Chest: Tie. AMT: FCD.
Vancouver's home games are like a damn circus. Dallas is doing an incredible, season-long impression of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I have no idea what will happen in this game, so I'm splitting the difference. (Chest)
Saturday April 23, 7:30 PM: New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City
Martin: Tie. Chest: NE. AMT: KC.
MLS's most cautious team (thanks to Philly actually trying to play soccer last week for the first time in 2011) vs. MLS's most reckless team. I think the Revs can clog up the middle well enough to turn this one into their preferred ugly, boring kind of game; look for the winner to come on a scramble following a set piece. (Chest)
Saturday April 23, 8:30 PM: Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo
Martin: Hou. Chest: Tie. AMT: Tie.
Saturday April 23, 11:00 PM: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers, FSC
Martin: LA. Chest: LA. AMT: LA.
The Galaxy are fortunate to sit tied with RSL at the top of the Western Conference. Of course they also happen to have played three more games than RSL already, so that might not be sustainable. Perhaps Landon Donovan will decide to return one of these weeks to help out. (Martin)