- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 11, 2010
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- Wednesday Preview
I feel like we’re getting two games for the price of one tonight. The 20th week of the season gets kicked off a little early with two games tonight, both near one another in New York and in Philadelphia. Big time clashes ahead tonight really as Toronto hopes to get back on a winning way on the road in New York while Philadelphia hosts the defending MLS Cup champions from Salt Lake.
For the second week in a row we get a game that could feature five Designated Players. Though unlike last week’s meeting between Chicago and New York tonight’s clash with the Red Bulls and TFC isn’t getting the same hype. I guess that may be a slap in the face to some TFC supporters but sadly that is the case.
Tonight’s previews are going to be kept short due to my busy work schedule.
Real Salt Lake – at – Philadelphia Union
This could be a game that Philadelphia may have a shot at. They’ve been good enough at home so far this year and RSL is always a little iffy on the road, especially on the east coast. But if this match is anything like the previous meeting between the two sides then expect a RSL win tonight.
RSL has only lost twice since April and I don’t see them losing this one tonight. Philadelphia will make it interesting there is no doubt about that but defensively they can’t compete with the offense that RSL has on the field. RSL didn’t look great in Kansas City last weekend so I’m sure Jason Kreis will be looking to get a better performance out of his bunch tonight.
Player to watch out for: Eduardo Coudet – The newcomer for the Union will have his hands full with Javier Morales tonight. If he can slow down the attack against Morales then the Union may have a shot at getting some much needed points in this one.
WVH Prediction: Real Salt Lake 2, Philadelphia 1
Toronto FC – at – New York Red Bulls
This really should be a good one to watch. Both are neck-and-neck in the standings right now and with the five DPs likely to see the field in this one it could be a very entertaining contest. I just wonder how much gas New York will have in this one as they have a big time clash out west this weekend against the LA Galaxy. Will Hans Backe hold off a bit on some starters or will he go all out?
Toronto needs the result tonight to get above New York in the standings. They’ve been so-so away from BMO Field lately and a draw doesn’t help their cause all that much. To make matters worse they’ve been outscored 11-3 in New York all-time. Lucky for them they could start a new trend at Red Bull Arena as those previous results were at Giants Stadium.
This one comes down to who can finish. Neither are great at it at the moment but the edge has to go to New York. Defensively its a push in my mind with the battle in the midfield being one that will be worth watching. How New York handles Dwayne De Rosario will go a long way in determining how this one plays out.
New York should come away with three points here but I don’t expect it to be another blowout.
Player to watch out for: Joel Lindpere – He’s the guy that makes things happen for New York. With some extra room in the midfield he can create plenty of chances for Juan Pablo Angel and Thierry Henry.
WVH Prediction: New York 2, Toronto 0