MLS Thursday Night Preview: Atlantic Cup Clash

MLS Thursday Night Preview: Atlantic Cup Clash

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 4, 2009
  • 2 Comments
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Juan Pablo Angel needs to step up and lead New York tonight. (Getty Images)

Juan Pablo Angel needs to step up and lead New York tonight. (Getty Images)

The battle for the Atlantic Cup resumes tonight in Washington as United play host to the New York Red Bulls on ESPN2’s weekly telecast. Both clubs are in need of three points to stay up in the eastern standings and a win over a rival is always nice to say the very least.

We also get a treat tonight in the broadcast booth, Glenn Davis and Kyle Martino will call the game in place of JP and Harkes who are on National team duty. Honestly some may not like Davis or Martino but I think the pairing is as good as, if not sometimes better than JP and Harkes. That’s just me though.

I’ll do my usual week night game preview here with a couple questions along with the quick thoughts on the game. Feel free to post you predictions below as well.

1. What can New York do to win this game?

First of all they have to start early here. Get DC rattled from the start and continue that pressure for 90 minutes. The problem with the Red Bulls this year is flipping the switch off at the wrong time too many times this season. A lot of people thought this would be a good club with the talent in place but maybe its just a matter of poor talent collection afterall along with poor coaching.

New York also needs to rely on getting numbers forward. With DC playing a 3-5-2 most games they tend to lack cover in the back, hense the reason why they tend to give up leads easily and for their high number of draws so far. Push numbers forward early and don’t allow their young rookies to catch you on turnovers.

2. What can DC do to get the three points at home tonight?

DC has to play their game for a full 90. We’ve seen them break away from that too many times this season but when it counts they do know how to put on the pressure and get the goals needed to save points. New York will be without a few players tonight which means they will have a fairly young and inexperienced lineup on the field.

With the way they’ve played New York this season in both league play and in US Open Cup qualifiers, I would imagine the confidence level is pretty high for this bunch going into this game anyways.

3. Player to keep an eye out for.

I know he is a designated player but it’s about time he starts acting like it again. You know I am talking about New York’s Juan Pablo Angel. If he is going to play like a MVP he needs to step up now and do so for his club.

Quick Thoughts:

This is a big game right now for each club. New York really needs three points to move up the standings a bit and get their name back in contention here this season. Eight losses in 13 games never looks good and usually means you won’t see the post season. DC on the other hand just needs to get back to closing games out here. They need to break that deadlock in the east with KC and Toronto and get back up the charts here like they were a couple weeks ago.

I think in the end New York is missing too many guys and even if some were there tonight I doubt they’d make a big difference anyways. DC has too much talent to handle tonight and I think in the end talent wins. Plus New York hasn’t even scored a goal this season on the road and I don’t see it starting tonight.

WVH Prediction: DC 2, NY 0

  • Kevin

    Thank God I don't have to listen to Harkes and JP for another game! I am really getting sick and tired of them. JP isn't bad, but Harkes just really bugs me and often goes off on weird, unrelated tangents. FOCUS ON THE GAME!!!

  • Kevin

    Thank God I don’t have to listen to Harkes and JP for another game! I am really getting sick and tired of them. JP isn’t bad, but Harkes just really bugs me and often goes off on weird, unrelated tangents. FOCUS ON THE GAME!!!