Tuesday, August 09, 2005

MLS Mid-Week 19 Predictions

New England vs. Real Salt Lake
Wednesday @ 7:30pm EST

New England comes into this game having lost for the first time at home this year. Not only that, but they lost late. That is the kind of event that can really sink a team. On the other side of things, Real is coming off a big win against Chivas (I know, how can a win be big against the worse team in MLS, but we are talking about Salt Lake) and will be looking to catch the Eastern powerhouse off guard. Unfortunately, Salt Lake has a real bad habit of not sending people forward to make opportunities. In addition, thanks to a red car, Clint Mathis will be watching the game from Lumpy's in downtown Salt Lake. These are all bad things for Salt Lake. New England's Clint Dempsey and Pat Noonan should be more trouble then Salt Lake can handle and Matt Reis will provide a nice final challenge to any Real attacks that make it past the back line.

New England 2 - Salt Lake 0


DC United vs. MetroStars
Wednesday @ 7:30pm EST

DC United will play without Freddy Adu due to a sprained MCL. That will mean Santino Quaranta and Christian Gomez will have to step-up and make things happen. DC is coming off a win, but one that almost slipped away in the final minutes. The MetroStars show up having beat and tied Dallas in their last two matches. However, the MetroStars are without four defenders due to injury and have not won away from home in about 10 weeks. The MetroStars need 3 points in order keep their playoff hopes alive, but DC will want the points to stay in third place. I think there will be some good flashes from both sides, but overall, it will be United's night.

DC 3 - MetroStars 1


Chicago vs. Kansas City
Wednesday @ 8:30pm EST

No two ways about it, these teams want this win badly. The Eastern Conference is tight. Just seven points separate the top teams from the also rans of 5th place. Chicago stepped up their game in mid-May and went on a 9-1-2 stretch. Then something happened. They seem to lose some steam. In their last four MLS matches, they have gone 0-1-3 and have been out scored 11-5. With striker Nate Jaqua still out for this game, it looks like it might be another long night at Soldier Field. For KC, who knows what team will show up. One weak they will look forgettable and then the next week it is all clicking. They did win in New England's home stadium, something no other MLS team can say this year. Expect some sloppy play out there.

Chicago 1 - KC 2


Chivas vs. LA
Wednesday @ 10:00pm EST

It seems like just last week these two met and I seem to recall LA running all over the goats. So far, these two LA teams have met four times (3 MLS matches and 1 US Open Cup) and LA has won all four times scoring 12 times to Chivas's 3 goals. If past is prolog, it would suggest that LA is in for a win. As an added bonus, even though they will be in the Home Depot Center, this will be a road game for LA, which seems to be the only type of road game they can win these days. Look for Chris Albright, Herculez Gomez and Landon Donovan to keep the backline of Chivas busy. By the way, Francisco Gomez, Matt Taylor and Thiago Martins are all injured for Chivas and Esteban Arias will be watching from afar due to a red card. This should be a walk for LA.

Chivas 0 - LA 3


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