MLS Mid-Week Preview: Quakes at Rapids

MLS Mid-Week Preview: Quakes at Rapids

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 23, 2009
  • 2009 Week 28, Conor Casey, Omar Cummings, Wednesday Preview

Plenty of MLS clubs will be interested in tonight’s mid-week clash at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as the Colorado Rapids host the San Jose Earthquakes. Plenty of clubs want Colorado out of the playoff picture while San Jose is hoping to not just play the role of spoiler but go on a crazy run of wins to get them back into the playoffs for the first time in a few years.

San Jose has the most games left of any clubs right now with seven and the Rapids are hoping to use this home game as a springboard up the western standings. A win tonight at home would put the Rapids for at least the next couple days above Seattle in the standings and just a point back of LA for the second automatic bid in the west.

The Quakes have to come into this game and slow down the attack of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings. They did a good job last week in San Jose of not allowing them to use their speed and physical play to score goals, that is until the end of the game when the Quakes gifted Colorado a late PK that Casey scored easily to send the game home in a draw.

I think at home the Rapids find a way to get the three points. They don’t give up much at home and San Jose just flat out doesn’t win on the road (0-8-2) and doesn’t score on the road (8 goals all year away from Buck Shaw Stadium).

Look for Casey and Cummings to pace the offense into three points tonight.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 3, San Jose 1