Wednesday Night Preview: Quakes at Crew

Wednesday Night Preview: Quakes at Crew

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 27, 2009
  • Alejandro Moreno, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Wednesday Preview

Finally some mid-week MLS action for you all after a few weeks of no soccer during the week. Tonight two clubs sitting at the bottom of their respective conferences square off as San Jose travels to Columbus. The Crew host the Quakes fresh off a ten-day layoff here.

Depending on how things go there may be some live twittering of the game later on at the WVH twitter feed. If you haven’t added WVH to your twitter you should totally do so now!

Now on to the preview.

1. How will the layoff help the Crew get the three points?

Right now the Crew are finally getting where they need to be on the season, healthy and in contention. Right now they are still in the thick of things and with three more points they will move up the standings. Now doubt that this is a big week for the Crew and it starts with this game tonight against the Quakes. They don’t want to over look San Jose to Saturday’s game at Seattle against their former coach Sigi Schmid.

I think the 10 days off helped this club build on the first win of the season. San Jose was the last club to beat Columbus at Crew Stadium (nearly a year ago) so I believe they will be out for some sort of revenge here tonight. The Crew just have to play smart and play their style of game. San Jose gives up a lot in the back and with Guillermo Barros Schelotto running the offense for the Crew I would expect nothing less than a couple goals tonight from the defending champs.

2. Does San Jose have a fighting chance tonight?

They do in a way have a chance to night since they were the last club to win in Columbus. However their recent play hasn’t given any of us hope for a possible win by them here. San Jose has to bank on the fact that most of Columbus’ results this season have been given up late. The Crew could easily have been sitting on four or five wins already but late goals have been a killer for them this season. They have buckle down more defensively and hope for some quick counter attacks when Columbus is pushed forward to get some chances on goal in this one.

3. Player to keep an eye on.

I’m watching out for Columbus’ Alejandro Moreno. Quite frankly he is due for a break-out game here this season now that he is healthy.

Quick Thoughts:

In a way I could see San Jose keeping this one tight but honestly the Crew are starting to pick up things here and the Quakes haven’t given me much hope for them in a while now. They give up too many easy goals and also create few chances for themselves. I like the Crew to win another tonight and move up the eastern standings to make that conference just a little tighter than it already is. San Jose may keep it close but I see Columbus getting three due to the fresher legs.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 2, San Jose 0