Week 12 got underway with the two midweek games on Wednesday night, but this weekend see’s eight matches in MLS, and here are some key statistics to look out for:
1. New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers
New York have scored at least two goals against Portland in their last four meetings, in all competitions, and have scored at least two in their last three home games as well. All signs indicate that they will get back to scoring ways after last week’s disappointing 2-0 loss to Toronto.
(Photo: Theirry Henry and the Red Bulls will look to get back to scoring ways on Saturday)
2. New England Revolution vs DC United
New England have not conceded a goal at home all season, and have won their last three on home soil. They are currently on a four-game winning streak and DC will have it all to do, especially off the back of a midweek game as well. Though they have scored at least once in each of their last nine games in MLS and will hope to leave New England with at least a point.
3. Columbus Crew vs Chicago Fire
Chicago have scored in every game they have played this season, add that to the fact that Columbus have not kept a clean sheet at home and are without a win in eight, and it would appear as though Chicago have already got this one wrapped up. Chicago are unbeaten in their last four away matches, and are looking for a third win in a row.
(Photo: The Fire will want to keep their strong run going against the hapless Columbus Crew)
4. Real Salt Lake vs FC Dallas
Salt Lake are the only remaining unbeaten team this season, and they have now gone 15 MLS games without losing. They have scored in every home game this season, and are looking for their fourth successive win. FC Dallas have lost five from their last seven, and have conceded at least one goal in every game this year. It would take a brave man to bet against Salt Lake in this one.
5. San Jose Earthquakes vs Houston Dynamo
The Earthquakes have only scored five in their last six and are without Chris Wondolowski, who is with the USMNT. Houston have won the past three meetings between these two but have lost four of their five away games this season and this is a really unpredictable match-up. 90% of San Jose’s points have been earned at home and they will look to add to that this weekend.
(Photo: San Jose are struggling to score without Wondo)