All eyes on the MLS are going to be fixated on the Meadowlands tonight as Red Bull New York plays host to the Chicago Fire. Another ESPN2 Thursday night prime-time soccer match.
A lot of talk surrounding the two clubs about who is up and who is down. Chicago comes into the game as losers of three straight, while the Red Bulls are fresh off their 4-0 thrashing of the Columbus Crew. Chicago has given up eight goals in their last three games while only scoring three of their own. A big change in the start of the season where they were one of the toasts of the league with New York. Now they are merely looking like pretenders while the Red Bulls are contenders all the way.
Chicago could be in luck tonight with many injuries hurting the Red Bulls. Don’t expect to see Captain America, Claudio Reyna in action tonight. He has been hit with a groin strain for the last couple weeks. Also you won’t see Hunter Freeman in defense and possibly you won’t see keeper Ronald Waterreus. The Fire also have been hit by the injury bug, I would say Chris Rolfe will come off the bench if he ends up playing, which means the Fire will have to look else where to players like Calen Carr goes goals.
In my eyes, the Fire continue their slide here tonight in New York. Even with some of the injuries to the Red Bulls I still think they have way to much talent for the Fire to keep up with, especially with all the offensive trouble that the Fire are currently having. Defensively as well, I cannot see the Fire containing players Juan Pablo Angel or Dane Richards.
I like the Red Bulls in this one, should be a fairly exciting contest. The biggest question and concern for me tonight is the attendance. I know the Red Bulls have been trying to give away tickets for this one but will it work? I hope to God to see more than 10k there tonight. I won’t hold my breath though, which is sad considering how well this team is playing.
WVH Prediction: RBNY 3, Chicago† 1