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MLS Week 9 Schedule, TV Options, Predictions

For most of us, the prediction contest rolls on. For our friend AMT, the preparation for a future career as a Las Vegas oddsmaker also rolls on.

Week 8: AMT 5, Chest 3, Martin 2, Readers 2.
Overall: AMT 34, Chest 31, Readers 29, Martin 25

Hey readers. I'm rooting for you guys! So here's some advice. Please discontinue the strategy of voting similar to me. Because clearly its not working for you.

Wednesday May 11, 7:30 PM: Philadelphia Union vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Martin: LA. Chest: Tie. AMT: Tie.

A team that has to specialize in defending because of a stagnant offense takes on a team that loves nothing more than to make things ugly and boring when they're away. Am I going to watch this? The answer is yes, but only because I'm a masochist. (Chest)

Saturday May 14, 7:30 PM: D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids , CSN
Martin: D.C. Chest: D.C. AMT: D.C.

United lost to Colorado 4-1 just one month ago. So how come our fanbase is so confident going into this game? Defense. Simple as that. And Caleb Folan and Omar Cummings staying home to recover from injuries sure couldn't hurt. (Martin)


Wednesday May 11, 9:00 PM: FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC
Martin: Dal. Chest: Dal. AMT: Dal.

Has anyone picked TFC to win a game this season? (Chest)

Wednesday May 11, 10:00 PM: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Martin: Tie. Chest: Van. AMT: Tie.

I expect there to be no goals, and only a handful of real chances through the first 80 minutes of this game, and then no less than 4 goals in the last 10 minutes. My guess is they'll be split even between the teams, but who'd really be surprised by anything coming out of Vancouver at this point? (AMT)

Saturday May 14, 7:00 PM: Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire
Martin: Tie. Chest: Tor. AMT: Tor.

I picked TFC to win a game this season! (Chest)

Saturday May 14, 7:30 PM: New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Martin: NE. Chest: NE. AMT: NE.

This game highlights two U.S. National Team players who returned to MLS this year via the allocation order. Oh wait. No it doesn't. Jay DeMerit is out injured. Which means Benny Feilhaber and the rest of the Revolution midfield should have no trouble. (Martin)

Saturday May 14, 8:30 PM: FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union
Martin: Phi. Chest: Dal. AMT: Tie.

I think Philly's going to be really up for the LA game, and I expect a bit of a let down against the Hoops. Philly's mantra this year is "you can't lose if you don't allow goals," but they're quickly learning that you can't win if you don't score any. (AMT)

Saturday May 14, 9:00 PM: Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo , FSC
Martin: Tie. Chest: RSL. AMT: RSL.

RSL is attempting to replicate United's 2008 "everything must go wrong" season. Fixture congestion? Check. Heartbreaking loss to a Mexican club? Check. Injured Argentine playmaker? Check. If they sign anyone named Gonzalo, RSL fans should prepare for the worst. (Chest)

Saturday May 14, 10:30 PM: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Sporting KC
Martin: LA. Chest: Tie. AMT: LA.

Poor Sporks. You poor, sad little Sporks. You'll get home someday, kids! At some point, you'll know the sweet smell of Midwestern cooking and the coziness of your own bed, again. Just know that until then, you're probably not going to win very much. Especially not against the Galaxy. (AMT)

Saturday May 14, 10:30 PM: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew
Martin: Clb. Chest: Tie. AMT: Clb.

Yallop rolls out a newfangled 271 formation for this one, while Robert Warzycha decides that he can live with 0-0 draws forever. (Chest)

Saturday May 14, 11:00 PM: Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers , ESPN2
Martin: Por. Chest: Sea. AMT: Sea.

ESPN2 goes from having what they falsely claim to be the biggest rivalry in MLS last week to the actual biggest rivaly in MLS this week. The atmosphere will surely be great at Qwest Field. So great that I set the over/under on number of times the word "atmosphere" is spoken on the broadcast at 11.5. (Martin)

Sunday May 15, 7:00 PM: New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA , Galavision
Martin: NY. Chest: NY. AMT: NY.

Most of the Chivas roster has been on a bunch of MLS clubs; they're like the unwanted stepchildren of the league. As a result, NY will be leaving Mehdi Ballouchy behind after the game. (Chest)