Wednesday Recap/Prime-Time Preview

Wednesday Recap/Prime-Time Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 23, 2007

Two solid eastern conference games last night. DC inches closer to New England and Kansas City showed signs of life (more so thanks to a red card on Chicago).

New York Red Bulls 1 – 3 DC United

Nice crowed on hand in the nation’s capital for this installment of the Atlantic Cup. DC pretty much handled New York in my opinion. Two early goals by the United really showed their class. Ben Olsen just has something against New York this season, four goals against them in two games. Great ball from Perkins to Fred to set up the play though, he really showed us one of the reason why he was the Keeper of the Year last season in the league.

New York’s defense really missed the bus for this game I thought. Their offense can only carry them so far into the post season this year. The shooty defense will be the biggest reason as to why they won’t reach the MLS Cup this season. Juan Angel’s PK strike was a sight to see though, very classy.

New all-time MLS goal scoring leader with Jamie Moreno thanks to (another) PK. Very classy player to get this goal but I hate seeing all of his goals from the PK spot this year. Since he has reached the 100 mark, I believe at least five or six of his goals have come from the PK spot. Still, good record to have, it will probably be beaten by Ante Razov next season and then in a couple season by Taylor Twellman.

Both teams move onto the weekend for play on the road. New York travels north to New England while DC crosses the boarder for another match with Toronto FC.

Chicago 2 – 3 Kansas City

Good win for KC as it was points that were more than needed at this point in the season. Two of the three goals come after a double-yellow to Gonzalo Segares in the 66th minute.

First goal of the match in stoppage time before halftime was a beaut. Blanco’s threw ball to Chad Barrett was something to see really, and thankfully Barrett actually put this one home. KC played their way back into the game in the second half with goals from Scot Sealy, Sasha Victorine and the eventual game-winner from Jose Burciaga Jr.

Let’s face it, the second goal the Wizards scored shouldn’t have even been allowed. The ball was well out of play before the play developed and the ref missed the call and sadly enough it was bigger than the red card in the game. Chicago fans have a reason to be real upset that they didn’t get that one called back. But saying that, Chicago fans need to hope to see their defense step up a little more. Too many good balls wide killed the Fire’s defense last night. If one thing stops them from reaching the post season (same goes for the Wizards too) it is the defense.

Another couple notes, its nice to see Chris Rolfe back on the pitch for the Fire again. It really makes me wonder what kind of season the Fire would be having if he hadn’t got injured back in the start of the season.

Also, the attendance was the second highest for the Wizards this season at 12,486. Most of that is due to Blanco’s appearance but are you kidding me? Five games this season with 10k+ crowds. Its pathetic to see really. LA comes into town next month and I can only hope that there will be more than 20K there for it, but I am not holding my breath at this point.

Thursday night preview – Chivas USA at LA Galaxy

Honda Super Clasico on the prime-time slate this week. David Beckham, Landon Donvan and Jonanthan Bornstein all fly back from across the pond to play in this one. In all honesty I hope LA doesn’t play Beckham for more than the first half. Tired legs will go a long way in this one in determining who will win and who won’t.

One of LA’s few wins came against Chivas earlier in the season as they downed the Goats 3-1. I would like to say that will happen again tonight but with jet lag on the part of Donovan and Beckham, I just don’t see it happening. Plus, Chivas has been killer this year at the Home Depot Center. Their only loss there was a “road” game against LA that was mentioned before. Added to the fact that they’ve only been scored on twice in actual home games this season, that tallies to five goals scored on them at the Home Depot Center this season. Only Houston has few goals scored against at home this season with four.

If you haven’t been able to tell before, LA has had their way with Chivas in the past with only losing one game in the brief history between these two clubs. Derby matches aren’t really derby matches until both clubs are beating each other and not one club dominating over the other, time and time again. I see Chivas adding to this rivalry this season with a win tonight in the final installment of the series this season.

Maykel Galindo and company should have a decent time with the Galaxy back line and the tired legs of Donovan and Beckham. Again, for LA’s sake I hope they don’t play Beckham too much here after he’s played two straight games of 90 minutes plus (New York last weekend and Germany friendly yesterday).

WVH Predication: Chivas 2, LA 1