MLS Primetime Preview: Goats Host Fire

MLS Primetime Preview: Goats Host Fire

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 19, 2008
  • MLS Primetime Thursday

First off, sorry for the delay today in posting. A huge storm blew through the Big D this morning and knocked out my internet. Nonetheless, I am back up and running here and hope to post a few things today. I figured I would knock out the game preview for tonight.

I won’t go into too much detail of either game last night. Both were draws and both were sort of boring to an extent. I felt New England was a little luck to get a draw, New York was wasteful to not get a win. The same goes for Real Salt Lake, they should have won as they had way too many chances. Kudoes to San Jose for at least getting a draw on the road in a stadium where they had been outscored 7-1 in two previous games.

Now on to tonight’s match out west between Chivas USA and Chicago Fire.

Both clubs are in a little bit of a rut right now. Chicago has lost two in a row and have slipped out of the top three in the east. Chivas looked to be back on track before stumbling in their last two as well.

The main thing I saw out of each club last weekend was how they were each missing a slew of players. Chivas for some reason didn’t start Jorge Flores and I honestly felt that was a big reason why they lost to RSL at home. Chicago just stumbled and played very poorly on the road in Dallas; had it not been for Jon Busch they would have easily lost that game 3 or 4-0.

After starting the season so well on the road you would think this would be a great chance to get back on track and keep the league’s best road record in tack. But their play in the Home Depot Center against Chivas isn’t anything impressive in recent years. I look for that to continue tonight as well.

Something about the way the games last night were draws just screams out at me and makes me believe tonight’s will be another draw as well. Why? Its just a feeling, nothing more. Chicago has looked run-down in recent weeks and Chivas just doesn’t have the offense we are use to seeing out of them.

I think each will get on the board but it will hold to a draw as both clubs will lose players after tonight for National team duties once again. Chad Barrett nets one for the Fire and I think Flores will start and score one again for Chivas.

WVH Prediction: Chivas USA 1, Chicago 1