- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 26, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Jesus Padilla, Maykel Galindo, Sacha Kljestan, Wednesday Preview
Old expansion mates square off tonight in what could be said is a must-win situation for the home side. Real Salt Lake enters tonight’s game at Rio Tinto Stadium with Chivas USA just three points behind the last playoff spot. A win tonight would help get them in the discussion for the playoffs this year while a loss would spell doom for their chances.
Real is hoping to cash in on their home unbeaten streak that dates back to May. Thing is they’ve dropped some valuable points lately in draws at Rio Tinto due to poor discipline and sloppy defending.
RSL manager Jason Kries needs a big time game tonight out of Robbie Findley. We’ve seen time and time again where Findley can step up and become of the the better strikers in the league this season but some how he continues to find ways to stay out of the spotlight with poor finishing. I think this could be a game where he could get his chances though.
RSL should look a little better in defense with Jamison Olave back in the lineup. You can tell a big difference when he is out of action for this club.
Chivas has been a thorn in RSL’s side winning the last six of seven between these two sides. Preki will look for another big game out of Sacha Kljestan who seemed to finally wake up from the dead in the last game, scoring two goals in a winning effort. I’m also curious to see if Chivas can get more out of newcomer Jesus Padilla. We really didn’t see him do much last week against Toronto since he had to deal with Dwayne De Rosario so much.
I think this is one of those games that RSL steps up well early on and puts plenty of pressure on Chivas to defend. Thing is I also feel that RSL just doesn’t defend well enough when they need to most sometimes. This game looks like a draw which could mean bad things for Kreis and his club’s playoff hopes. Chivas should leave with a solid road point thanks to Maykel Galindo and Kljestan.
WVH Prediction: RSL 1, Chivas 1