MLS Thursday Night Preview

MLS Thursday Night Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 10, 2010
  • Thursday Preview

Leo Gonzalez and Steve Zakuani lead the charge tonight for Seattle. (Getty Images)

Its the final night before the start of the World Cup. Last night’s double dip was interesting as RSL was the first club this season to knock off LA Galaxy. Good win but then again I’m not totally sure about that Javier Morales goal just yet. But hey, a win is a win.

I want to be brief with tonight’s previews to make way for the all important Group C preview that will be up later today as well as some overall predictions on the World Cup from myself and Geoff Reid.

The two games tonight are all about momentum and who can grab it before the World Cup break.

Philadelphia Union – at – Kansas City Wizards

Both teams are down in the dumps right now and its hard to tell if either can get out. However momentum is a tricky thing and geting one result can do a lot for a struggling club. The Union are slowly figuring things out as rookie Danny Mwanga is coming alive now. Kansas City hasn’t had their defense look like they could stop anyone since about early April.

For the Wizards this is a must-win game. They’re in a long stretch of winless games here and they don’t want to go into this break without another win. Three points for Peter Vermes side would definitely lift them up here, even if it is against an expansion club.

This one will come down to defense and who can stop who here. I want to say KC has the upper hand here but anything could happen here with the way Sebastian Le Toux is playing. Jimmy Conrad will need a big performance in this one to slow down the Union attack.

I like the Wizards attack to finally break through here in this one. It won’t be a wide open game but I think the short field and the pressure to win will help KC get the points they desperately need here.

Player to watch out for: Chris Seitz – He’s gotten better in goal but he’s still iffy in my eyes. A couple bad bounces and it could be another long night for the Union keeper.

WVH Prediction: Kansas City 2, Philadelphia 1


D.C. United – at – Seattle Sounders FC

Just like the other game tonight, momentum is huge in this one and mainly for the Sounders. They finally looked like the team we expected them to be at the start of this season last week against New England and now they welcome the league’s worst side into town. Should be an easy win right? Possibly but D.C. will give them fits you can count on that.

Seattle will want to jump out on top early and ride the wave of their supporters in this one. D.C. can’t sit back and allow the Sounders to be on the offensive too much or else they won’t see much of the ball. Also getting Andy Najar some time and space to create something will be key. As long as Curt Onalfo gives the young star the go-ahead to let it rip D.C. could be in this one.

I like Seattle though in this one due to the momentum from last weekend. They looked dominate for a change and while they could over look this game Sigi Schmid will make sure they keep their eyes on the prize here.

Player to watch out for: Stephen King – He returns to Seattle to face his old club where he struggled to make the line up. Look for him to be the rock in the midfield that D.C. needs to stay competitive in this one.

WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, D.C. 0

  • Bob

    Even if you doubt the off-side/on-side call on Morales, RSL totally dominated that game. If ever theres a game when a iffy call goes the way the game “deserves” to go, it was this one.

  • Bob

    Even if you doubt the off-side/on-side call on Morales, RSL totally dominated that game. If ever theres a game when a iffy call goes the way the game “deserves” to go, it was this one.