- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 9, 2010
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- Wednesday Preview
The World Cup fever is in high gear right now but Major League Soccer has a few more games to help get us in the mood for Friday. Two games tonight and two more tomorrow should help do the trick.
Tonight we have two quality games too. The first is an interesting inter-conference clash between Colorado and Chicago. The Rapids are a hot club that very few are talking about right now. The second match should be a dandy as the undefeated LA Galaxy travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to face the defending MLS champions Real Salt Lake.
Feel free to post your game predictions for tonight below.
Colorado Rapids – at – Chicago Fire
This game will likely get little press due to the other game on the menu tonight but it still should be a good one. The Rapids are an up-and-coming side that aren’t being talked about too much around the league circles. Chicago is hoping to continue its treck up the eastern conference standings with another win tonight.
Colorado will want to use their big midfield to spread things out in this one. Keeping possession will be key as they’ve done a good job holding on the ball and not allowing a lot to go back to their defense this season. Gary Smith’s club is doing a lot without producing a lot of goals right now. His defense is also giving up only a few goals as well which is the reason why the Rapids are sitting pretty right now in the western conference.
Chicago will want to open things up with Marco Pappa in the midfield. Getting him in space to create will be key against the tough Rapids defense. Also finding Brian McBride in the box will be a big deal.
I like Colorado’s midfield right now. Pablo Mastroeni and Jeff Larentowicz continue to put loads of pressure on the other side and keep quality possession for the Rapids. I think Chicago will have a tough time breaking those two down, especially considering they only use three in the midfield. I’m going with the Rapids in this one but only by a slim margin.
Player to watch out for: Baggio Husidic – The second-year midfielder is really coming into his own for the Fire. He’s second on the team in goals and could be the difference maker that Carlos de los Cobos is looking for in this one.
WVH Prediction: Colorado 1, Chicago 0
LA Galaxy – at – Real Salt Lake
Definitely a big match right before the MLS break for the World Cup. LA is hoping to go where no one has gone before in this league, 13 unbeaten games to start a season. We know exactly how good LA is but we also know that RSL is one tough monster to beat at their own venue. They haven’t lost at Rio Tinto Stadium in their last 18 matches there.
I think we can expect a real defensive battle on our hands tonight. LA has only given up three goals all season and you know RSL will be throwing everything that they have at them. One of those three goals was by RSL so the confidence to score in this one is there for the homeside. Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola will likely be all over the place in this one in hopes to break the vaunted Galaxy defense.
Even though RSL doesn’t have to contend with Edson Buddle or Landon Donovan in this game they do have a tough task of figuring out rookie Michael Stephens and Tristan Bowen who are on a tear right now. Both are doing an amazing job of keeping the Galaxy undefeated right now.
RSL will need to keep possession in this one and not allow the lull and defensive nature of LA’s game get to them. Getting on the board early would do wonders as well.
I want to call an upset here but something tells me that betting against the Galaxy at this point could be a bad thing. So I’m going with a draw. The last time LA was at Rio Tinto they ended in a draw, so it will likely happen again tonight.
Player to watch out for: Jean Alexandre – He’s the guy that will have to be the shutdown midfielder in this one for RSL. If he can handle the attack from LA we could see the upset here.
WVH Prediction: RSL 1, LA 1