Weekend Playoff Preview

Weekend Playoff Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 3, 2007

Last two games in the semi-final round of play in the MLS playoffs. Two games are under our belts and two teams look to move on. Normally these predictions are out a day in advance, but I felt like taking an extra day to figure out who I thought looked good enough to win these two games.

New York – at – New England

This game is very interesting after the 0-0 draw, it was almost like there was no game one and this is the only game in the series. You could argue that it is the only game in the series since they drew even after the first game. Everything is to play for here and the winner gets the Fire at their place next week. I doubt either club thought they would have the chance of hosting another game this year so there is even more on the line here in this one.

After reading some player quotes this week, New York feels they still have a small edge. I sort of agree to that but New England at home is pretty tough to beat in the playoffs. Not to mention they have to feel like they will be able to advance to the MLS Cup now that DC is out of the picture in the east. New England cannot over look this game and I doubt they will.

New York still needs to get over the playoff hump as it is. No playoff series wins since 2000 seems like ages ago. Also, New York has not won in Foxborough — in any game — since 2002, a span of 12 matches overall. New England has a record of 9-0-3 in that stretch, including a win and a tie in playoff matches.

I like the Revs at home to take this series, this game should be fun to watch as both teams will actually put some balls in the back of the net this time around.

WVH Prediction: New England 2, New York 1

Kansas City – at- Chivas USA

The Wizards took an early lead like most of the lower seeds in the first leg of their playoff series with Chivas. The Wizards looked similar to the club that we saw early on in the season that was tough to stop and not like the one that backed into the playoffs.

This game is tough to predict as well since the Goats have the goal to make up even though they are at home in the place that they set one of the best home records in the league history. A draw will be good enough for the Wizards though to send them into the next round and knock out another conference champion.

I have hard time counting against Chivas at home though, they only gave up eight goals at home all season with a goal differential of plus-20, while the Wizards on the road haven’t been anything special going 4-7-4 with a negative-4 goal differential.

If any series goes to PKs I think it will be this one. I like Chivas to tie this series up early in the first half then only to not be able to score for the rest of the game. However I think Chivas is the club that comes out on top after the shootout.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, KC 0 (Chivas wins 4-3 in PKs)