Thursday Night MLS Preview

Thursday Night MLS Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 20, 2007

Everyone likes a rivalry, even when it isn’t as good as it could be. No different here tonight when two clubs from two different conferences clash together and try and sort out an almost decade old rivalry.

Chicago Fire – at – FC Dallas

Yup,  that’s right I am talking the Brimstone Cup. Dallas got the better of the Fire in the first meeting of the series this year up in the Windy City but knocking off the Fire 2-1. Dallas is also just two victories shy of clinching a playoff birth, while the Fire are sitting in the eighth and final spot and are hoping to distance themselves from Colorado and Columbus.

Dallas was able to sweep the season series last year with the Fire and hope to continue their winning ways over their rival. Having this game at home should help too, the Fire haven’t played well at all at Pizza Hut Park, much less in Dallas period (only two wins in 12 meetings).

To make matters worse for the Fire, they haven’t won in  Dallas since 1999, but that could all change with one game if the Fire come prepared. I think Chicago has to find a way to attack the backline of Dallas to win this game; it is no secret that the defense of the Hoops is the weakest point on the field but then again for Chicago it is their weak point as well. This should be a fun game in the offense department if that is the case but as usual the game boils down to a midfield battle.

The Hoops need to get Denilson comfortable in the midfield and allow him to find his style of play and control the game. Also, Dallas needs to slow down and frustrate Blanco, who is actually looking more tired as the season progresses here. Getting him upset and lagging will really help their chances in this game.

Overall, I like Dallas in this game because of the home-field advantage and for the fact that Dallas knows they have to do better than they did last week in New England. A wake up call was just that in the 4-2 loss to the Revs. One good thing was that Carlos Ruiz found his scoring touch in that game, and if he can get on the board in this one then the Hoops should have no problem pulling out the three points.

WVH Prediction: FC Dallas 3, Chicago 1