- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 5, 2010
- 5 Comments
- 2010 Week 7, Wednesday Preview
Half of the league is in action tonight on what easily is the busiest week to date for Major League Soccer. Four games tonight and another seven on Saturday. Needless to say there will be some very tired clubs come Sunday.
I’m going to go ahead and throw it out there, don’t expect some big gate numbers tonight. Especially in New England and Colorado. They may surprise us with a decent number but I’m not planning on it. Its not a knock against either here but midweek games in May typically draw poor numbers. Apparently the gate number in D.C. tonight isn’t expected to be high either.
But aside from the gate talk there are some real games to discuss here. One of those is a big rivalry game while the others have a little less meaning. As always feel free to leave your game predictions and thoughts below in the comments section.
Kansas City Wizards – at – D.C. United
Here’s a real test for the Wizards. They’re coming off the biggest loss of the season so far and will go on the road yet again against a club that is absolutely desperate for points. A true test if you will to see if they are good enough (like I think they are) to put away a club as bad as D.C. is right now. KC absolutely thumped D.C. in the season opener back in March 4-0 but I wouldn’t expect that kind of result tonight.
D.C. has to show up defensively here as they’ve already given up an amazing -11 goal differential. We know the Wizards can generate some offense with Ryan Smith and Kei Kamara but don’t sleep on Josh Wolff who has been quiet these last couple weeks. KC needs to get him involved as early as possible in this one to put pressure on a beat up United defense. It will be interesting to see if D.C. can get anything out of recently (re-)signed forward Luciano Emilio in this one, though there are questions of how badly he wants to be there.
I think KC comes out with the points in this one but don’t expect a pretty contest here. D.C. is desperate and sometimes desperate clubs just play ugly.
Player to watch out for: Bill Hamid – There’s talk and speculation that the young academy product could start in goal for the Black-and-Red tonight. If he does he could be the fuel to the fire that D.C. needs.
WVH Prediction: Kansas City 2, D.C. 1
Chivas USA – at – New England Revolution
If it isn’t injuries its now red cards for New England. Yup the Revs will be without a few more players this week after Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky were sent off last week in the 1-1 draw against Dallas. Chivas will look to exploit that in the midfield where rookies Blair Gavin and Ben Zemanski have looked very good lately. Sacha Kljestan will also need to have a strong game as Chivas has never won at Gillette Stadium.
Possession will be key in this one as both teams do a decent job holding on to the ball. New England will need to go wide often with Sainey Nyassi and Khano Smith. Chivas will need to lockdown the wings in order to dominate the possession game in this one. In the end I just think New England plays their style of game and edges out Chivas in this one. Plus the travel across country after playing in Chicago last weekend worries me for Chivas, teams doing the coast-to-coast swings always struggle in the second game.
Player to watch out for: Pat Phelan – He’ll be the one to shut things down in the midfield for New England. His matchup with Kljestan should be a fun one to watch.
WVH Prediction: New England 1, Chivas USA 0
FC Dallas – at – Houston Dynamo
A midweek rivalry game, just too bad these clubs are meeting once again so early in the year. I would have loved to see the return leg of this rivalry be later in the season. But what can we do about it now? Just enjoy the game.
Dallas is looking for their first win of the year while Houston is hoping to claim the El Capitán once again in this series. The two clubs drew 1-1 back at the start of the season in Dallas so its a true winner take all kind of game tonight for each of them. Houston has absolutely dominated this series at Robertson Stadium, in all competitions they are 7-0-2 including U.S. Open Cup and playoff matches.
Set pieces will be key for the Dynamo but getting in behind the defense with speed will also be another factor. Dallas does a solid job possessing the ball but their lack of finishing has caused them to miss out on some serious points so far this season. We saw last weekend that the forward tandem of Luis Angel Landin and Dominic Oduro worked wonderfully for the Dynamo in the 3-0 win over Kansas City, they’ll have to replicate that magic again tonight.
I like the Dynamo in this one for many reasons including their home dominance of Dallas over the last few years. FCD has a mental block when playing at Robertson Stadium and I don’t see that changing tonight even with how desperate they are for a win.
Player to watch out for: Atiba Harris – He’s the one guy that has a lot to play for right now for Dallas. If he under performs he’ll likely see the bench in the coming weeks with Marvin Chavez returning from injury. If he can slide into the middle some in this one we know he can score.
WVH Prediction: Houston 2, Dallas 1
LA Galaxy – at – Colorado Rapids
A big test for the Galaxy here as they head to Colorado.These two usually play pretty closely against one another. The obvious thing for Colorado is possession and keeping Edson Buddle under wraps. On the other side of things LA will need to keep Omar Cummings and Conor Casey in check. Casey was an absolutely nightmare for the Galaxy a season ago as the Rapids won in LA off a Casey hat trick.
A lot of folks believe Colorado overlooked San Jose in their last game and were looking more at tonight’s game with the Galaxy. San Jose came out and handled Colorado on a 1-0 win. If Colorado goes to sleep like they did against the Quakes you can bet on LA taking advantage of it. The thing is the Galaxy have yet to win at Dick Sporting Good’s Park, but I don’t expect them to lose tonight either. This one feels like a battle that ends in a draw. Buddle may not get on the board but someone else will for the Galaxy.
Player to watch out for: Claudio Lopez – He could be a game changer in the midfield tonight for the Rapids.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, LA 1