Thursday, September 22, 2005

DC United and Universidad Catolica - Part 2

Universidad Catolica vs DC United
8pm EST
TV: Fox Soccer Channel

So tonight is the night for DC United. Will they be able to go into
Chile and come out with a win (or a tie of 2 goals or more)? If so,
they move on.

The bad news for DC, it looks like they will be without strikers Jamil
Walker or Santino Quaranta (although Quaranta might end up playing).
The good news, they looked strong during the past weekends victory
against Colorado.

So what about Catolica? They love their home pitch. It can hold
around 12,000 and it will be near capacity tonight. I'm guessing very
few of the folks there with be United fans. So DC will have to deal
with a rocking crowd. However, Catolica has an important league game
against Colo Colo this weekend, so they might rest a few starters. If
this is the case, DC will need to strike in the first 20 minutes.
This will calm the crowd and force Catolica to open up. Since they
have the one goal advantage Catolica will be looking for the shutout,
so they will be playing even more defensively then they were in DC.
They looked very good in DC, so it will be a tough nut to crack.

I think the way United should do it is playing an extra defensive
player, but playing all their midfielders forward. They need to get
more then one or two guys in the box. With the strength of their
backline, one person will not be sneaking by them.

If DC get a goal, then this match will open up. Failing that, it will
be a long hard slog.



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