MLS Wednesday Preview: Playoff Lives At Stake

MLS Wednesday Preview: Playoff Lives At Stake

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 29, 2010
  • Wednesday Preview

Colorado hosts Philadelphia tonight. (Brian Stevens for WVHooligan)

For two clubs their playoff lives are on the line tonight while the other two clubs involved are just hoping to pad their position in the playoff hunt. Both games tonight could help clear up the playoff picture even more so as we head into the weekend slate of games.

Tonight San Jose plays host to the reeling Chicago Fire while just a little further east the Colorado Rapids host the expansion Philadelphia Union. San Jose and Colorado can put a little more pressure on clubs like the Fire and the Kansas City Wizards with another win tonight.

Philadelphia Union – at – Colorado Rapids

I have to say the Union is starting to look like a team that could be very tough to deal with down the stretch. I think they know the playoffs are a long shot at this point but they’ll be the best spoiler club out there. Going to Colorado tonight in the midweek won’t be easy as the Rapids will hope to shake off the late draw to RSL last weekend.

Colorado holds that eighth and final playoff spot right now so a win tonight is big. The Rapids will have to do it without Conor Casey tonight though seeing Omar Cummings back in the line up the Rapids should be fine on the offensive front. They’ll have to make sure and hold off Sebastien Le Toux though in this one.

Philly on the other side of the ball need to remain compact in defense and find ways to shut down the Rapids’ midfield from controlling this game from the start. Also finding ways to get Le Toux involved early and often are key.

I think Philly will give a good fighting chance in this one but look for Colorado to be too strong in the attack with the speed of Cummings and Mac Kandji.

Player to watch out for: Brian Mullan – His services on the wings for the Rapids will be big in this one.

WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Philadelphia 1


Chicago Fire – at – San Jose Earthquakes

There are a lot of issues going on in Chicago right now. Chemistry just isn’t there for this bunch and it seems like they just don’t play well under coach Carlos de los Cobos. The talent is certainly there but something is missing for sure. They’ll have to find motivation for this one tonight as San Jose won’t be an easy win, especially on the road.

The Quakes are dangerous right now, they’re finally getting pretty healthy and they have the games in hand on everyone (except Chicago) to make things real interesting in the standings.

Offensively San Jose is on top of things right now with newcomers Geovanni and Khari Stephenson helping guys like Ryan Johnson and Chris Wondolowski lead the way.

Chicago has to find some offense in this one. With Freddie Ljungberg, Nery Castillo, Marco Pappa and Brian McBride the talent is there to score but something continues to go wrong as the Fire have been shutout in their last 362 minutes. Defensively we’ll also need to see a little more out of this bunch that continue to give up crap goals.

I like San Jose in this one by a close margin. I see the Fire rebounding a bit from last weekend’s shocking late loss to Seattle but only to be done in by some weak defending yet again.

Player to watch out for: Khari Stephenson – He’s been one of the best mid-season additions out there for any club.

WVH Prediction: San Jose 2, Chicago 1