Scoreboard fires, more goals than we've seen in any other week this season, and some upset road wins defined Week 9 in MLS. What will Week 10 have in store for us? Our predictions and take on each of this week's nine match-ups are below, but first, let's check in on how our prognosticators did to close out the second month of the 2013 season.
Week 8 Scores (possible 9): Adam: 3 points | Chest: 2 pts | Benuski: 4 pts | Stephen: 3 pts
Total Scores (possible 77): Adam: 28 pts | Chest: 32 pts | Benuski: 25 pts | Stephen: 30 pts
Bring on Week 10!
Thurs. May 2, 10:30 pm: Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution - Univision Deportes, MLS Live
Adam: POR. Chest: POR. Benuski: POR. Stephen: POR.
New England's defensive has been typically stout, but Porter Ball has the Timbers playing well. -Ben
Sat. May 4, 4 pm: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact - MLS Live
Adam: Draw. Chest: SJ. Benuski: Draw. Stephen: MTL.
Remember last year, when the Goonies would steal wins with late goals, and this preseason, when the conventional wisdom was that they couldn't keep it up this year? Well, the CW was half-right - the Quakes are still pulling out results with stoppage time goals. But those results have only been worth one point apiece this year, instead of the 3 they were getting last year. Which script will they keep to this week? -Adam
Sat. May 4, 4 pm: Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders - MLS Live
Adam: Draw. Chest: Draw. Benuski: PHI. Stephen: SEA.
All Philly predictions hinge on Hackworth sticking with the 4132 that is getting adequate results. I'm sure we're approaching the day where he explodes and begins ordering his players to play a new formation every 5 minutes. 271? 514? 3 goalkeepers? Everything's on the table. -Chest
Sat. May 4, 4 pm: Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls - NBC Sports Network
Adam: NY. Chest: Draw. Benuski: NY. Stephen: Draw.
What's more likely? The scoreboard at Columbus Crew Stadium catches fire again or Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill play well two games in row? I'm guessing neither happens this week. -Stephen
Sat. May 4, 9 pm: Colorado Rapids vs. Toronto FC - MLS Live
Adam: Draw. Chest: COL. Benuski: Draw. Stephen: COL.
Know how I said the Quakes were good at scoring late goals to steal a draw? TFC are the exact opposite - nobody in the league is worse at keeping a one-goal lead late in matches. (Don't get me wrong; as a D.C. United fan - and I can't believe I'm saying this - I'd much rather ben in the Reds' shoes right now, if only because they have late leads to defend, poorly or not.) -Adam
Sat. May 4, 9 pm: Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - MLS Live
Adam: RSL. Chest: RSL. Benuski: RSL. Stephen: RSL.
The Whitecaps hauled themselves back against Dallas by being more direct and more attack-minded, but don't bank on seeing that idea carried over at Rio Tinto. -Chest
Sun. May 5, 5 pm: Sporting Kansas City vs. Chivas USA - UniMas, MLS Live
Adam: SKC. Chest: SKC. Benuski: SKC. Stephen: SKC.
I just jumped back off the Chivas bandwagon. Is there anyone left? -Stephen
Sun. May 5, 11 pm: LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo - ESPN2
Adam: LAG. Chest: LAG. Benuski: LAG. Stephen: LAG.
Resurgent Galaxy hosting a Brad Davis-less Dynamo at the field where Houston just. keep. losing. But I promise you, we'll hear David Beckham's name from the likes of Twellman and Lalas more than any of the road team's players'. (Bonus from Chest: Hope this game has 6 red cards for the Dynamo.)
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