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Bold 2018 NWSL Season Predictions

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Anything Can Happen When The Ball Is Rolling

The 2018 NWSL season will be dramatic. We can assume certain teams will be great and great players will entertain. Some events will surprise us throughout the warmer months. These bold proclamations have valid reasons for a teams' failures or success.

UTAH ROYALS FC OR SKY BLUE FC WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

The league is more attacking judging from last year. Utah Royals FC could climb into top four by applying a good defense they had for two seasons. Coupled with Canadian midfielders Maegan Kelly five goals last season and the stability of Dianna Matheson, the Royals could be difficult to beat playing a mile high in Sandy, Utah.

We saw a glimpse of what Utah could do in the first game of last season with Amy Rodriquez. In the NWSL world of attacking soccer, we may have Utah Royals FC playing the role of Athletico Madrid.

Sky Blue will surprise people, not their fans though. They watch the victories against championship teams and loses to squads beneath them. Sky Blue has experience in a young backline. Carli Lloyd can provide width for Daphne Corboz and Raquel...


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The Vancouver Underground

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THE WHITECAPS HAVE BEEN QUIETLY RISING FOR YEARS.

Real Salt Lake is a trendy pick to win the Western Conference. Their humiliating defeat to LAFC made them less sexy. There's a team in Southwest Canada who has been playing good soccer since 2012.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have been in the playoff four times from 2012 to 2017. Martin Rennie led the Whitecaps to their first postseason. Current boss Carl Robinson has created an attacking philosophy in Vancouver when he was hired in 2013.

Vancouver can't be labeled as trendy. They're the underground kings of MLS. The Caps don't get the mainstream publicity like their cross-country rival Toronto FC. The soccer nerds realized their quiet success for some time.

Three games is enough to climb on the Whitecaps. You want to look cool when they're in first place in the West, right. To sound cool, mention Costa Rican Internatinal Centerback Kandall Waston.

Watson and fellow center back Aaron Maund patrolled a two man backline for Vancouver to attack a disicipled Montreal defense in their home opener. The first half was a defensive standoff. The possession was even with 51% to 49%...


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Whitecaps (-0.75) at
LA Galaxy (+0.75) over +2.75

Game time: Saturday 3/24,10:00 PM

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Colorado (+0.25) at
Sporting Kansas City (-0.25) over +2.0

Game time: Saturday 3/24, 9:00 PM

Colorado 2 FINAL
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$100.00 Pick documented: Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 10:08 PM

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Colorado vs Sporting Kansas City Pick

Colorado have defeated Sporting KC by grinding 1-0 victories three times. Sporting's new attacking hero Felipe Gutierrez has scored three goals in two games. Playing a mile up in the air, an opponent can feel the Rapids 12th man in their lungs.




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New York RB (-1.75) at
Minnesota United (+1.75) over +3.25

Game time: Saturday 3/24, 7:00 PM

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$100.00 Pick documented: Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 9:59 PM

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New York RB vs Minnesota United Pick

Even with international defenders in New Zealand Micheal Boxall and Costa Rican Franciso Calvo Minnesota United gave up five goals so far this young season. The New York Red Bulls will be without Tyler Adams, Jamaican defender Kemar Lawerance, and Pamanian defendervMichael Murillo. The Red Bulls will always score with Bradley Wright Phillips.




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Columbus Crew (-0.75) at
DC United (+0.75) over +2.75

Game time: Saturday 3/24, 6:00 PM

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$100.00 Pick documented: Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 9:53 PM

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Columbus Crew vs DC United Pick

Columbus won once and drew at home against DC United in two years. Two important Columbus Crew players, goalkeeper Zack Steffan and Will Trapp have international duties. DCU offensives woes could be calmed by the trio of Darren Mattocks, Chris Dunkin, and Luciano Acosta.




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Dallas (-1.0) at
Portland Timbers (+1.0) over +2.75

Game time: Saturday 3/24, 3:30 PM

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$100.00 Pick documented: Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 9:46 PM

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Dallas vs Portland Timbers Pick

FC Dallas came off a great week defeating the Seattle Sounders. Roland Lamah and Mauro Diaz were on MLS BEST XI. Portland is still finding an identity under their new manager. The Toros of FC Dallas could be making their usual early season push.




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New England (-0.25) at
New York City (+0.25) over +2.75

Game time: Saturday 3/24, 1:30 PM

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New England vs New York City Pick

New England have beaten NYCFC twice at their home. New York's talisman David Villa will not play and City will have to rely on Ismael Tajouri who's making his first start. New England had a week off to prepare.




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Whitecaps (-0.75) at
LA Galaxy (+0.75) over +2.75

Game time: Saturday 3/24,10:00 PM

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Salt Lake (-0.25) at
New York RB (+0.25) over +2.75

Game time: Saturday 3/17, 9:00 PM

Salt Lake 1 FINAL
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Salt Lake vs New York RB Pick

RSLVMike Petke built this team to defend first. To new attacking players should perform at any moment. NYRB had a midweek match before playing a mile high in the air. Short rest and thinning air for the Red Bulls could bring a Salt Lake Showcase.




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Sporting Kansas City (-1.25) at
San Jose Earthquakes (+1.25) over +2.5

Game time: Saturday 3/17, 8:30 PM

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Sporting Kansas City vs San Jose Earthquakes Pick

On paper, we should expect a better San Jose team. SKC's defense has kept the squad respectable. Sporting's midfield will be put to a test




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Montreal Impact (pick) at
Toronto (pick) over +2.5

Game time: Saturday 3/17, 3:00 PM

Montreal Impact 1 FINAL
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Montreal Impact vs Toronto Pick

TFC midweek trek to Mexico can lead to a cagey affair against their cultural Canadian rival. Montreal can hold a good defensive line. Despite their greatness, Toronto has a problem picking the!mselves up after CCL play.




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Atlanta United (-1.0) at
Whitecaps (+1.0) over +3.0

Game time: Saturday 3/17, 7:30 PM

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Atlanta United vs Whitecaps Pick

Atlanta will attack a road-weary Vancouver with hostility. The Five Stripes defense is still questionable against Canadian teen sensation Alphonsio Davis. This game will be one of the most entertaining match this weekend.




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New York City (-1.25) at
Orlando City (+1.25) over +2.75

Game time: Saturday 3/17, 3:30 PM

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New York City vs Orlando City Pick

Why will the Lions win? Pressure. Pressure. Pressure breaks pipes or creating diamonds. Jason Kreis needs a big win and the New York pressure to see which player with be a jewel. NYCFC has only scored two goals at home.




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Minnesota United (pick) at
Chicago Fire (pick) over +3.0

Game time: Saturday 3/17, 2:00 PM

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$100.00 Pick documented: Saturday, 17 Mar 2018 12:09 PM

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$100.00 Pick documented: Saturday, 17 Mar 2018 12:09 PM

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Minnesota United vs Chicago Fire Pick

MIN U faces a Fire team who couldn't win on the road last season. The Loons must be careful of set pieces. Chicago has already scored two.




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Philadelphia Union (-0.25) at
Columbus (+0.25) over +2.75

Game time: Saturday 3/17, 2:00 PM

Philadelphia Union 0 FINAL
Columbus 0  view game

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$100.00 Pick documented: Saturday, 17 Mar 2018 11:56 AM

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Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Pick

The Union is in the top five in goals at home. It's only two. Columbus has scored two on the road. CJ Sapong is good enough to make us forget the Crew has Ola Kamara.




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DC United (-0.25) at
Houston (+0.25) over +2.5

Game time: Saturday 3/17, 1:30 PM

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DC United vs Houston Pick

DC United will have to withstand Houston's attack and the 12th Texas heat. Houston is third in MLS in goals scored at home. DCU's has gained a reputation of poor attacking.




Columbus won three of the last five games against Montreal by two or more goals. The Impact drew against the Crew once by multiple goals. Columbus will win at home. Bet on Montreal scoring a goal. Columbus will score multiple goals making this match exciting.


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New York City (-1.25) at
LA Galaxy (+1.25) over +3.0

Game time: Sunday 3/11, 6:00 PM

New York City 4 FINAL
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$100.00 Pick documented: Thursday, 08 Mar 2018 11:41 AM

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New York City vs LA Galaxy Pick

The Galaxy is traveling 2,789 miles to play in the Bronx. In 2016, Los Angeles gave up one goal to New York City. For two years the Galaxy hasn't been able to score on NYCFC. Goals will be scored on a new LA defense. The Galaxy attack will bag some in the net. A New York City win.




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Orlando City (-0.75) at
Minnesota United (+0.75) over +2.75

Game time: Saturday 3/10, 7:30 PM

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$100.00 Pick documented: Thursday, 08 Mar 2018 11:35 AM

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Orlando City vs Minnesota United Pick

Orlando City should win easily win against Minnesota, if the Lions don't get in their own way. They will stumble with illusions of being a big club. The win should be close.




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Atlanta United (-1.0) at
DC United (+1.0) over +2.75

Game time: Sunday 3/11, 4:00 PM

Atlanta United 2 FINAL
DC United 0  view game

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Atlanta United vs DC United Pick

DC United's defense won the Streaming Eagles two of the last three games against Atlanta. The Five Stripes' fury at their home opener will be contained by DCU's discipline. Atlanta United will win. DC United is gritty but there's no gold to shine offensively.




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New York RB (-0.25) at
Portland Timbers (+0.25) over +2.5

Game time: Saturday 3/10, 7:00 PM

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$100.00 Pick documented: Thursday, 08 Mar 2018 11:08 AM

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New York RB vs Portland Timbers Pick

Portland doesn't have problems traveling 2,894 miles to New York. The 2,774 mile midweek CONCACAF Championship League game trek against Tijuana may affect the New York Red Bulls. The Timbers keep it scoreless at Red Bull Arena in 2016. Expect a Portland two to one win.




Sky Blue Scoring on Them

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Sky Blue Maybe flying (passing) to a Playoff Berth

Helter Skelter (adjective, adverb) In disorderly haste or confusion.

This term can describe Sky Blue FC play and 2017 season. Sky Blue was a free-flowing counter-attacking side worthy of being a playoff team. Their victories included wins against NWSL postseason squads.

Eleven loses, ten wins, and only two draws signify a yo-yo campaign. Sky Blue was third in goals scored but worst in goals allowed.Between July 23th and August 13th, they lost three straight games. In two of those games, the opponents scored five goals.

The Washington Spirit defeated Sky Blue scoring four goals twice.
The awesomeness of Samantha Kerr made fans ignore the poor defense she had to save. What Sky Blue has now is young players with the first-team experience to adapt.

A probable backline of former USC Trojans Mandy Freeman and Kayla Mills have a season of multiple first teams' starts. Erin Simon gained experience from a shaky season. Erica Skroski started for two years and must provide leadership.

Carli Lloyd's arrival will bring focus to a talented midfield....


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Salt Lake (-0.75) at
Los Angeles FC (+0.75) over +3.0

Game time: Saturday 3/10, 3:30 PM

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$100.00 Pick documented: Thursday, 08 Mar 2018 10:50 AM

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Icon-ok Los Angeles FC (+0.5) @ $100.00 adjust +110.0

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Salt Lake vs Los Angeles FC Pick

This is going to be a defensive tangle. Bob Bradley has constructed LAFC with a solid backline. Real Salt Lake's defense is one of the better structured in the Western Conference. Expect a draw at Sandy, Utah with a goal for each team.