Mid-Week MLS Preview

Mid-Week MLS Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 25, 2007

Week Four in the MLS is certainly shaping up to be a dandy, lots of games stretching from tonight’s KC-Toronto game until Monday’s Mountain Cup game with Colorado and Salt Lake.

KC and Toronto begin a home-and-home series tonight in KC for the Wizards home opener. Weird that they both play one another in their home openers. Odd way of scheduling things if you ask me. Both started with two games on the road to kick off the new season. KC got one win and a loss while Toronto failed to score in their two losses.

People keep harping on the lack of defense that Toronto has possessed in their first two matches but there has also been a lack of offense. No goals, no assists, no real solid looks at net. Things should be looking up though for the Red Leafs, they get some much needed defense that should help stabilize their backline, giving their midfield a chance to possess the ball a bit more. Also, they get a break as some of their injured stars are set to return for the first time.

Number one overall draft pick Maurice Edu is set to come back sometime this weekend, it may not be tonight but he will at least play in the team’s home opener. Irish midfielder Ronnie O’Brien could see action this weekend as well in Toronto, possibly as a second half sub.

Injuries are kicking KC in the butt as well. Forward Scott Sealy is out with an ankle injury and there is no definite word on if he will play tonight or even this weekend. That doesn’t bode well for the Wizard’s attack. Eddie Johnson cannot carry the load himself without Sealy. The biggest reason why he played well against DC was because of Sealy.

KC has the defense to stop anyone I think, but I believe Kevin Hartman is starting to show his age. I am interested to see if Argentine Carlos Marinelli will play a full 90 tonight. He looked very well against Chicago in the second half last weekend. He could help Johnson, but time will tell if that will actually happen tonight or not.

Expect Toronto to go with a new lineup and formation tonight. The three in the back will not be good enough against KC. Thankfully for the Red Leafs getting Marvell Wayne will help. He has the speed to keep a close eye on Johnson all night.

You still have to take KC in this game though. Toronto is a long ways away from gelling into a team that will compete. Though I believe this weekend is a good start. KC is the type of team that Toronto can really mess with and actually create some chances against. They will score their first goal in one of these two games this weekend, but it won’t be this one. They will wait and get it in the home opener. I do see Toronto stealing a point this weekend as well, but not tonight. WVH Prediction: KC 2, TFC 0