6pm: Portland vs. Philadelphia
The Timbers have been extraodinary at home all season and will look to continue that trend this evening. Portland has yet to lose at Providence Park this year, but will be returning home after their travels from Costa Rica on Wednesday for their match against Saprissa in the CCL. The Timbers were badly outplayed and lost that match 4-2. Though some players were rested for that match, several other key playrs were not and it’s hard to imagine this Timbers squad not being a bit fatigued. Star striker Fenando Adi also picked up a knock on Wednesday and is in doubt for this one. Philly is hitting the road for the first of three road matches and definitely has the talent to get the road swing off to a good start and pick up something from this game.
Pick: Draw of Philadelphia -110
7pm: New York City FC vs. FC Dallas
The blue side of New York has had lots to cheer about lately with five straight home wins and sitting tied in 2nd overall in the East. A win mixed with some favourable results could see New York take over 1st place by the end of the weekend. It would also see them pull closer to their opponents in FC Dallas for the Supporters’ Shield race. Dallas currently hold a seven point lead on New York for 1st overall.
This is another match that sees one team playing off a short week in that FC Dallas played in the US Open Cup Final on Tuesday night, coming away victorious over the New England Revolution. All hands were on deck for that one and with a few point lead in the Supporters’ Shied race and the short week, it would not be too hard to see some let up on the Dallas side on the road.
Pick: New York City FC +130
7:30pm: Orlando City FC vs. Columbus
These teams met earlier this year in Columbus for a 2-2 draw. The Crew are pretty much dead in the water 8 points back of a playoff spot, while Orlando sit in 7th in the East tied with DC in 6th, but one place lower by virtue of goal difference. Prior to their defeat last week to LA Galaxy in Landon Donovan’s return, City had reeled off two straight victories to keep their playoff hopes alive. Orlando has only lost twice at home this year, Columbus has only one once on the road all season. Crew setup man Higuain should still be out with abdominal pain and Orlando’s stars should be too much for the hapless Crew to handle at Campus World Stadium.
Pick: Orlando +100
9pm: Colorado vs. San Jose
If there was ever a time for the Rapids to make their move on FC Dallas for the Supporters’ Shield it would be now. After taking a 1-0 victory over Dallas last week on the road, they now sit only 5 points back in the West with two games in hand. Colorado was missing some players last week and still pulled out the win and now should have those bodies back and will host a much weaker Earthquakes club who have one win on the road all year. Colorado by contrast have yet to lose at home this season and have only allowed five goals at home in 13 games.
Pick: Colorado +100
9:30: RSL vs. Houston
It’s hard to find a stat that favours the Dyname in this one. RSL has taken points in their last eight home games vs Houston, with five of those being wins. RSL is 4th in the West and are undefeated at home for a total of 14 games. Houston sit bottom in the West with only one win on the road and the least amount of goals scored in the league overall. Additioanlly Hoouston have failed to win in 21 of their past 22 road games.
Pick: RSL -143