Primetime Preview: Revs and United Renew Rivalry

Primetime Preview: Revs and United Renew Rivalry

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 29, 2008
  • Kenny Mansally, Kheli Dube, Luciano Emilio, Marcello Gallardo, Mauricio Castro, MLS Primetime Thursday, Sainey Nyassi, Steve Ralston, Tom Soehn

I’ve been a bit busy today, so sorry for the delay in getting things up on here today. But excuses aside, let’s get down to business as we look at tonight’s MLS Primetime Thursday clash between DC United and New England Revolution.

A year ago, DC dominated this season series winning two games after the opening draw in RFK Stadium. The final two games saw seven DC goals to New England’s two. One of those games was a 3-0 shutout in New England, in early July.

This year is a bit different however because both clubs are at opposite ends of the league table: the Revolution are in a three-way tie atop the league and Eastern Conference standings, while United are at the foot of the East with the third-fewest points in the league.

So it should be easy to say that this won’t be the same type of match up as a year ago. Both clubs added new parts in the offseason and for one club those moves are working out nicely while the other is currently trying to figure out where they went wrong.

I can say this about DC, if they get blown out tonight you better believe that Tom Soehn’s days will be even more numbered than they already were a week ago. The home win to Toronto was nice due to their coming from behind twice to win it but a drubbing on the road won’t help the causes out at all at this point. Consistent play has to start now with this club from what I’ve been told or Soehn and some players could be going elsewhere.

Now I honestly don’t think there will be an absolute drubbing tonight from New England but the chances are still pretty good with the way the Revs have been playing lately. Their main misses in this match will probably still be Taylor Twellman due to injury and Kenny Mansally who is with Gambia for World Cup qualifying.

DC has to find a way to get on the board early in this one with Luciano Emilio or Marcello Gallardo. Emilio finally found his scoring touch last Saturday but I still question whether or not he is back for real this time around. Gallardo is going to be matched up against Jeff Larentowicz in the middle of the field, should Larentowicz frustrate the Argentine playmaker, it could be a long evening for United.

A couple guys to keep an eye on from New England in this one are Kheli Dube and Mauricio Castro. I love what I’ve seen out of these two in recent weeks and I really think they are the unsung heros of this club so far this season. Castro’s free kick ability has been very nice while Steve Ralston was out with injury. But with Ralston back in the lineup Castro is still playing well. Dube on the other hand seems to find himself in the right spots at the right time. Last weekend’s game winner against Columbus was evidence of that.

I like New England tonight in this one, it should be good though since it is a nice rivalry game. DC should be feeling a little more confident so I think they will get on the board and make it interesting. But New England has been pretty strong as of late at home and over all. Once they shook off that embarrassing loss to Chicago at home they have only given up one goal. DC should get be able to crack that tally but Dube, Ralston, Shalrie Joepsh and Sainey Nyassi may have too much speed and possession for DC to keep up with.

WVH Prediction: New England 2, DC 1