MLS Wednesday Night Preview: Double Dip

MLS Wednesday Night Preview: Double Dip

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 2, 2010
  • 2010 Week 11, Wednesday Preview

Brian Ching will need to lead the Dynamo tonight against New York. (Getty Images)

Two games tonight in Major League Soccer. The league and it’s clubs are so close to that two week vacation during the World Cup (which starts next week!!). A couple big games on the menu tonight as New York hopes to get back on track as they host the Houston Dynamo. Out west we get a real battle between San Jose and Columbus.

Both games should be good and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how the Quakes and Crew respond to their losses from last weekend.

Be sure to post your thoughts and score predictions below in the comments section.

Houston Dynamo – at – New york Red Bulls

Look at how the Dynamo have been these last eight or so weeks. They win, then they lose, then they win again but then they lose again. Consistency is lacking but it could be a good thing if you base this game off their previous few results. Last Saturday they dropped a game to the expansion side from Philadelphia. So this mid-week clash at Red Bull Arena should be a win right? Maybe.

Both started off the year well but have looked nothing like what we thought they once were since then. New York’s defense was a strong part of their early success with rookie Tim Ream and veteran Mike Petke playing very well together. Now the Earth has shifted some and Ream look more like a rookie while Petke hasn’t played up to the same level from earlier in the year. You could say a lot of their early success was based on emotions that were riding high to start the year or something else that we aren’t seeing just yet in this group.

Both know this is a must-win kind of game right now when you look at the standings. Being a third of the way through this season you can tell that getting points now will go a long way in October.

Houston needs to find their mojo in the midfield to win this one. When Brad Davis is leading the attack things seem to go in working order. Having a guy as motivated as Brian Ching is right now couldn’t come at a better time for the Dynamo. Speed will be a factor as both have some and both don’t do well at defending it. I think this one ends in a draw as neither team can slow the other down.

Player to keep an eye out for: Dane Richards – He’s not a guy I normally talk about but his speed has always given the Dynamo fits. Look for him to be a headache tonight.

WVH Prediction: New York 2, Houston 2


Columbus Crew – at – San Jose Earthquakes

Talk about a tough stretch of games for the Crew. Not only did they have to go on the road twice a couple weeks ago but now they have to do it again this week, in two places that will be very tough to win at…San Jose and Colorado. Plus getting over their first loss of the year to LA last weekend will be interesting to see them overcome.

The Quakes have to deal with a bit of adversity of their own as their four-game shutout streak came to a big end to the hands of Toronto FC last weekend. Defensively the Quakes looked nothing like the club that impressed so many folks over that four-game stretch. Plus their midfield looked lost for the first time since the season opener.

This one will be interesting. Columbus has had little issues with beating the Quakes over the last couple years in San Jose but these Quakes are better. It will come down to the midfield battle which you still have to favor Columbus with. The Crew will have to win the battle on the wings, an area that San Jose has improved a lot in this season.

I hate picking two draws for one night but that’s how I see this one going. Columbus will probably pull back a little given the fact that they also have to go to Colorado this weekend. San Jose will likely press up more in this one but I like the Crew’s defense being able to handle the pressure.

Player to keep an eye out for: Ryan Johnson – He’s been a Crew-killer these last couple years, scoring more goals against the Crew than any other club he’s faced.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 1, Columbus 1