Parity reigns supreme, and that means that every now and again there will be a week that defies prediction. Last week was that week - Montreal and Vancouver both remaining perfect through two weeks? Philadelphia winning - on the road? Chivas winning anywhere? I'm not sure I'm ready for this brave new world.
Week 2 Scores: Adam: 1 point | Chest: 3 pts | Benuski: 0 pts | Stephen: 3 pts
Total Scores: Adam: 6 pts | Chest: 8 pts | Benuski: 4 pts | Stephen: 8 pts
Well, Week 3 is here and with it Major League Soccer's first ever Rivalry Week. The Atlantic Cup is on-tap. So is the Cascadia Cup, El Capitán, and the Not-so-SuperClassico. Here's all the info for what our egos hope will be a more to-form Week 3, along with our predictions.
Sat. Mar. 16, 12:30 pm: New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United - NBC (proper broadcast NBC)
Adam: DCU. Chest: DCU. Benuski: DCU. Stephen: DCU.
Henry says that players on his title-winning European clubs didn't have to be told exactly what to do to win. I'd call his landing with the Metros a failure to conduct his due diligence before coming to MLS. Then of course, he's the guy who deferred to Roy Miller with his team's playoff lives on the line last year. Maybe he fits right in, after all. -Adam
Adam: SKC. Chest: SKC. Benuski: SKC. Stephen: SKC.
Adam: MTL. Chest: MTL. Benuski: MTL. Stephen: MTL.
Given the influx of Italians in Montreal and Englishmen in Toronto, maybe these teams should be renamed Montreal Calcio vs. Toronto...well, I suppose FC actually fits this one time. -Chest
Sat. Mar. 16, 5 pm: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution - MLS Live/Univision Deportes
Adam: PHI. Chest: Draw. Benuski: Draw. Stephen: Draw.
This is one of those games that no matter who wins, we all lose. Got to recommend not watching this one, unless Univision Deportes has an awesome announcer or does something really crazy with their coverage. Luckily, nobody actually gets Univision Deportes, so we should be in the clear here. -Adam
Adam: SJ. Chest: SJ. Benuski: SJ. Stephen: Draw.
When I hear MLS Rivalry Week, I think Columbus (Ohio) vs San Jose (California). Yep, makes perfect sense. -Stephen
Adam: RSL. Chest: RSL. Benuski: RSL. Stephen: RSL.
Without Martin Rivero and Jaime Castrillon, the Rapids look like the worst team in MLS. Rocky Mountain Cup games are usually close, but this should be a cakewalk for RSL. -Chest
Adam: Draw. Chest: Draw. Benuski: POR. Stephen: SEA.
Is this the season that Seattle invents losing? One can only hope. -Benuski
Adam: HOU. Chest: HOU. Benuski: HOU. Stephen: HOU.
I don't care where you are in the standings: you lose to Chivas USA by multiple goals, and you drop to the bottom of my power rankings ballot, and you don't get picked the next week when you travel to Major League Soccer's toughest road environment. -Adam
Adam: LA. Chest: LA. Benuski: LA. Stephen: LA.
El Chelis is such a good quote that after this game, reporters might go to him over Bruce Arena, MLS's master of insult comedy. -Chest
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How did your picks fare last week? Let us know and make your guesses for this week in the comments.