- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 6, 2008
- 8 Comments
So week 11 got off to an early (but washed-out) start on Wednesday, followed by a game last night and one tonight. Weird seeing three games played (well in this case two and one-forth) before Saturday evening. But that’s the summer schedule that has been laid out for us all to enjoy, if we decide to.
Just a five-game menu this weekend. Four on Saturday, one Sunday…thankfully we get a US game Sunday evening against Argentina. Think Red Bull officials wish they could have had a doubleheader like the Revs are doing tonight to boost those attendance figures? Yeah, I think so.
I’m going to try to keep some points short here as I am a little pressed for time this afternoon.
San Jose Earthquakes – at – Columbus Crew: Best way to get over a three-game slide is to play at home against an expansion squad that is hitting an injury bug of their own. Columbus has hardly been a friendly venue for the Quakes over the years as version 1.0 and now in 2.0 it could prove even tougher with the way the Crew play at home this season.
Columbus needs to get back on the horse, so to speak, and get the win tomorrow evening. Putting the past home game against New England aside, and moving on from that debacle will be a good thing to do. Watch out for those Crew supporters tomorrow night, word has it they plan on showing some strong unity against what has gone on lately involving one of their own.
I think San Jose is missing some key parts like Ivan Guerrero and Kei Kamera, who are both with their respective countries handling World Cup qualifying. Those two plus a couple other banged out players spells a tough road game for the expansion club.
The difference should be the play of Guillermo Barros Schelotto and how effective he should be able to be tomorrow night. I think Columbus has to get a good game out of GBS and they will.
WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, San Jose 1
DC United – at – Chicago Fire: I don’t know which team was affected more on Wednesday in the wash-out but I think DC was the club that needed the result more than Houston at the time. Now DC has to shift focus to play what I think is the league’s best club right now in Chicago. Toyota Park is no easy place to play in but a couple road clubs have gotten good results there this season.
Chicago should be very fresh entering into this game as they had an “open” week last weekend. The last time these two faced off it was a little over a month ago in DC, where Chicago walked all over United in a 2-0 win thanks largely to Blanco.
D.C. United have never won at Toyota Park. In the three meetings all-time in Bridgeview, the Fire have won one with two draws, with the Fire also winning in the playoffs last year. United’s last victory in Chicago came Aug. 6, 2005, the last league game in the series played at Soldier Field.
I think Blanco and the rested legs of Chicago should be able to pull this game off and dominate DC once more. One could be worried about the layoff but I’m pretty sure that this club needed a break even after some stellar play. DC needs another strong performance on the road but more importantly they need a strong performance for a full 90 minutes. I still haven’t seen that out of them on the road this season but they are getting there.
Chicago is the better club and should be able to walk away with the three points yet again. Blanco nets another one and then links up with Chris Rolfe or Chad Barrett.
WVH Prediction: Chicago 3, DC 1
Kansas City Wizards – at – Real Salt Lake: The Wizards have a game this weekend. Yeah, remember them? I hardly do.
The Wizards finish out their two month roadie in Salt Lake City. RSL has not lost on their home turf in league play this season, posting a solid 3-0-2 record at Rice-Eccles Stadium. KC has played decent on the road considering the long trip that has spanned six-games and almost two months.
KC has one win in three meetings in Salt Lake City. One would think this club has the ability to get another result but right now I just don’t see it. The summer lull that the Wizards typically go in is already in full effect and its largely due to their horrible schedule early on. I’d love to see them get hyped up for their last road game of this trip but going to Salt Lake City to play on that turf just spells disaster to me.
I like Salt Lake to win another to push them into the discussion in the west. As long as they win at home they have a shot at the playoffs right now, as weird as that sounds. After seeing Robbie Findley have a strong performance, I feel he should be able to keep that up against another weak defense like Kansas City.
WVH Prediction: Salt Lake 2, KC 1
Colorado Rapids – at – LA Galaxy: Ah, a rematch of a total-domination from earlier this season in Commerce City. Remember that 4-0 drubbing that the Rapids put on the Galaxy to start the season? Since then the Galaxy have turned into a decent squad (only with Beckham and Donovan on the field together) and the Rapids are probably the most inconsistent club in the league.
So, based on those inconsistencies one would have to think that since the Rapids won their last game, this game should be a loss right? Win one, lose one. Win one, lose one. So yeah, I am pretty much writing this one up as a loss for the Rapids even though LA won’t have Donovan for it.
Colorado does know how to beat the Galaxy and have done so twice this season, once in the regular season and the other in the US Open Cup. That Open Cup games was in Carson, so maybe it’s not a loss after all. But that was a game without many starters for LA.
I think having Beckham back in the midfield will be enough to push the Galaxy at home against the Rapids in this one. For me its a matter of consistent play out of the Rapids and until I see it, I just don’t know if I can pick them to win one after they’ve won one. In other word I am waiting on a winning streak or a losing streak out of them here.
WVH Prediction: LA 2, Colorado 1
Toronto FC – at – Houston Dynamo: The Dynamo have had an interesting week already. Wednesday’s game in DC got rained out and Thursday they were visiting the White House. You’d think that Houston would have the edge against Toronto but last year the Dynamo actually lost the season series to the Reds. I know, hard to believe.
Toronto has to win this game in my mind. They need to show the rest of the league that they really are legit this season and are a contender. Winning on the road in Houston would be a great place to do so. Houston is one of three remaining undefeated clubs at home this season (Toronto and RSL being the others).
As much as I want to see Toronto bounce over the top here and prove to the league that they are a full fledge contender this season, I think we will have to wait a little longer for it. Thing is I think they can at least get a draw out of this game and that may be enough for some people as tough as a venue as Robertson Stadium is.
Both have a solid defense but look for Toronto to keep it even most of the game due to the suspension of Eddie Robinson. That could prove to be a tougher blow to Houston than some will think. Toronto squeezes a late tying goal in this one.
WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, Houston 1