MLS Midweek Preview: Double The Fun

MLS Midweek Preview: Double The Fun

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 18, 2008
  • Game Previews, Midweek Previews

Another week of midweek games in Major League Soccer. This time the league decided to give us double the viewing with games on both sides of the country.

I’m going to keep these brief as I am working on a couple other things here. Plus I honestly don’t know how much of these two games I will see tonight.

New York Red Bulls – at – New England Revolution: Another edition of this I-95 clash heads to Foxborough. New England is on an impressive run as of late, no loss since early May. New York on the other hand has been slipping and sliding all the way down the eastern conference standings since the end of May.

The two clubs met back in April in a 1-1 clash that should have seen the Red Bulls through with three points. New Englnad went down a man early and some how faught their way back into it for a draw. If people didn’t raise questions about that New York team then like I did, most are seeing it now with their recent play.

New England will still be without a few key players for this one, as Kenny Mansally (The Gambia); Shalrie Joseph (Grenada); Khano Smith (Bermuda) are all out in World Cup qualifiers. New York is still bothered by some injuries and there isn’t a definite word on whether or not Juan Pablo Angel will start and play tonight or not. Even if he goes, I have my doubts about their offense against New England.

The Revs need another solid win at home and New York looks to be a good club to get it against. The Red Bulls have largely been terrible on the road this season. Plus they haven’t won in New England since 2002. Look for Steve Ralston to play a huge part in this game and I expect Kheli Dube to net another goal.

WVH Prediction: New England 2, New York 1


San Jose Earthquakes – at – Real Salt Lake: Will the third time be the charm for San Jose in Salt Lake City tonight? Both times they’ve visited Rice-Eccles Stadium they’ve been beaten to a pulp by RSL. The third meeting of the teams this year on the Wasatch Front, 3-1 RSL victory in league play just three weeks ago and 4-0 in a U.S. Open Cup qualifier on a snowy evening.

San Jose is coming off another bad loss over the weekend to LA. They will still be without a couple players as well in this one. The Quakes had their moments against the Galaxy but defensively looked tired and just got beat badly by a Edson Buddle hat trick.

I look for the home side to get another win to continue their home streak this season. RSL, along with Toronto are the only undefeated clubs at home this season left in MLS. Again, I look for that to continue this week starting tonight.

San Jose won’t have an answer for Kyle Beckerman or a now-hot Robbie Findley.

WVH Prediction: RSL 3, San Jose 1