MLS Thursday Night Preview

MLS Thursday Night Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 4, 2007

Thursday prime-time soccer is finally here, some reason this week has been a bit long for me so I am happy to see Thursday here now. A decent match-up north of the border this week too, sadly enough it will be overshadowed by other sports going on around it; not to mention the time of kickoff is great for the east coast but horrible for anyone west of the Mississippi River. But that’s okay really.

New York Red Bulls – at – Toronto FC

New York has a chance (again) to clinch a playoff spot with a win. Just a win, a draw still delays the clinching from what I am reading and hearing around the league. But, even a draw or a loss by New York doesn’t mean that they can’t clinch at all this weekend; if Columbus and LA both fail to win then the Red Bulls are in.

Toronto has pretty much been eliminated from the playoff contention since June or so. But it doesn’t mean that they can’t put up a fight in this one. Sadly enough for Reds fans, TFC hasn’t played well against New York this season. Juan Pablo Angel has been a complete thorn in their side scoring three goals in two games. Plus youngster Jozy Altidore has netted two of his own in the two games that these clubs have met.

The Reds are still missing a bulk of their team to injuries and that only means trouble against a decent side like New York. The Red Bulls know how to control the midfield against weak clubs but have looked a little spotty in the back. Thankfully for New York’s defense Toronto has had trouble in the past three months scoring goals.

I think this one is pretty easy to call as New York goes up north and takes care of business in a weekend that will see a couple more teams clinch a playoff spot. I like Angel to get a goal or two in this one as well.
WVH Prediction: RBNY 2, Toronto 0