Friday, July 22, 2005

MLS Week 17 Predictions

Chivas USA vs. New England Revolution
Friday @ 10:30pm EST

So all week I have been hearing about the improvement in Chivas USA's play, but I don't think they have improved enough to pull off what could just be the greatest upset in MLS history. The Revs have got to be feeling good about stealing last week's game from FC Dallas. So even though they will not have Dempsey and Noonan due to their US National commitment, I think they will have enough energy and excitement to see the Goats off.

Chivas 0 - New England 2


LA Galaxy vs. DC United
Saturday @ 4pm EST on ESPN 2

LA looked good versus Real Madrid on Monday. That is the best statement I can make about LA. However, I have to wonder if the 'high' of playing Real might lead to a crash on Saturday. As for DC, they need a win to keep in playoff range. These are the two teams that have defined MLS during the first decade, so it's always fun to watch. Look for some excellent soccer in the final 15 minutes.

LA 2 - DC 1


Columbus Crew vs. Kansas City Wizards
Saturday @ 7:30pm EST

Had this been week 15, there would not be much to write about. However, with interim coach Robert Warzycha hitting some nerves (in a good way) with the Crew, they cannot be written off like a loan to that cousin of yours (yes I'm talking about you Plucky). He, Robert not Plucky, has brought out the talent in players like Knox Cameron and Marcus Storey that are bring back the glory times (which were last year at about this time) in Columbus.

Columbus 1 - KC 0


Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday @ 9pm EST

If the Rapids are going to make something of the season, they need to pull out a win against the Fire. This past Wednesday, they did not look good against the Earthquakes, so one has to wonder if they can step it up. One big thing they have going for them is that the Fire will not have Chris Armas (away on national duty) or their Hondurans (recovering from national duty). Look for some cautious play from both sides.

Colorado 1 - Chicago 1


Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas
Saturday @ 9:30pm EST

Dallas will be looking for revenge. Last week's last minute defeat by New England cannot be sitting well. They were the better team during the match, but the scoreboard has a cruel way of not caring. Eddie Johnson will still not be around, but Carlos Ruiz should be able to carry the load just fine. With Eddie Pope absent (national duty), Real's defense has gone all soggy. Look for FC Dallas to make use of this soggy backend.

Salt Lake 0 - Dallas 3


San Jose Earthquakes vs. MetroStars
Saturday @ 10pm EST

The Quakes are on a run. They have gone 5-1-1 over their last seven while the Stars have dropped to 5th place with a 2-2-2 showing. The Stars will be without Amado Guevara due to injury and Michael Bradley has been suspended, thus there will be a bit of a talent hole. The Quakes are back home for the first time in 4 matches and have great attackers in Ronald Cerritos, Dwayne DeRosario and Alejandro Moreno. This should be enough to keep the Quakes on Dallas's tail in the standings.

San Jose 2 - MetroStars 0


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