MLS Midweek Preview: NE at KC

MLS Midweek Preview: NE at KC

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 9, 2008

A pair of clubs that may be heading in different directions here early in the MLS season face-off tonight in the league’s first Wednesday night game.

New England Revolution – at – Kansas City Wizards: The Wizards are the only team in the league with two wins after beating DC and Colorado at home to begin the 2008 campaign. The Wizards get another home game tonight as they play host to the New England Revolution, who are coming off an embarassing loss to Chicago last week.

The Revs injury list is growing by the game and now with the loss of Jeff Larentowicz for this game with a red card suspension they could be in trouble tonight at the CAB in Kansas City. That loss may be bigger than the injuries to Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman for the Revs against the Wizards. Larentowicz is a key player in the midfield for the Revs and his marking against the other club’s attacking midfielder is greatly needed as we saw last week with Blanco and the Fire having their way with the Revs without Larentowicz on the pitch.

Who will step up for the Revs in his absense is very important. We may see Shalrie Joesph move back a little more and play against Carlos Marinelli in this one.

One thing to keep an eye out for is the play of Mauricio Castro from the Revs. Last week in Chicago Castro was able to crack a few shots from distance and each tested Jon Busch. Against KC’s defense you could see Castro be given the green light to try and test Kevin Hartman, which could lead to some easy second chance shots if Hartman doesn’t come up with a save or block.

KC has to continue to utilize Marinelli in the midfield and expose the wings of New England tonight. Plus getting Claudio Lopez and Ivan Trujillo involved early may be key as we saw last week with the Fire getting in the attack just four minutes into the game.

I don’t expect the Revs to play nearly as bad as they did in Chicago tonight but I don’t think they have the right pieces to walk away with a win. Though I do expect the to test a shaky KC defense with the outside speed of Sainey Nyassi and Kenny Mansally.

This could very well be one of the better games that we will see here in the early part of the season. I like KC in this one but only by a small margin. I’m more conviced that the Wizards will lose very few games at home this season, as for their play on the road we will see.

WVH Prediction: Kansas City 2, New England 1