Thursday, August 18, 2005

MLS Week 21 Predictions

I have to be quick with this one, so here we go.

KC Wizards vs. Chicago Fire
Friday 8pm

KC is playing the best soccer of their year. They are coming off a 3-1 road trip and have gone 5-1-1 in their last seven. These are great numbers and they show no sign of stopping. Chicago, on the other hand, has gone 2-3-1 in there last seven, including 3 defeats at home. They did look good last weekend when LA came to visit, but everyone (except Chivas) looks good when LA come to town. Chicago has good offense at the moment, but they are missing a lot on the backend.

KC 3 - Chicago 1

Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas
Saturday 4pm

The Crew went through a great 3-game stretch with their new coach, but have fallen right back into their old ways. FC Dallas is a team that is lost. Their defense is extremely disorganized and their strikers are not finishing. However, Columbus means Chivas in the Eastern Conference. If FCD does not walk out of Columbus with at least a point, they will need to hang their heads in shame.

Crew 1 - Dallas 2

DC United vs. LA Galaxy
Saturday 7:30pm
Fox Soccer Channel

DC might just be the best team in MSL at the moment. They are tight on their passing and smart on the field. They have won five matches in a row and have gone 10-3-3 since the start of June. LA, well I could quote facts and the such, but there is really only one to look at; they have not won outside of the LA area at all this year. The offense has been missing of late, so I don't see this stat changing.

DC 3 - LA 0

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose
Saturday 9:30pm

Good old Real. They try and try, but they done win. With Clint Mathis still out due to suspension, and Eddie Pope not yet playing at full potential, in is going to be a long night for Real. San Jose has been the team in the West since June, but their tie against the Rapids at home showed that they could be contained, just not by Salt Lake.

Real 2 - San Jose 4

MetroStars vs. Chivas USA
Sunday 6pm

Will the MetroStars actually show up for this match? If so, they should be able to take Chivas down without many heroics. However, if they do not, they might get a surprise. Chivas has their much need reinforcements and might catch the home side sleeping. If so, expect a stunning "what?" to go across the league.

MetroStars 2 - Chivas 1


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