Friday, September 02, 2005

MLS Week 23 Predictions

A quick look at this weekend's MLS games.

MetroStars vs KC Wizards
Saturday 7:30pm EST

The Stars have not lost at home for nine matches and did this game to keep their playoff hopes alive. KC has been hot, but they blew a game at home against Columbus last week and will be without Scott Sealy. If the Metros pull together a decent defense, KC will fall.

MetroStars 2 - KC 1


FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday 8:30pm EST
TV: Direct Kick

Since these two teams last met, a great change has happened. Dallas was running large before the meeting, but has yet to win a game in the eight matches since. San Jose has gone in a very different direction, only loosing once and getting the first playoff birth of the MLS. FC Dallas will be without Eddie Johnson and Carlos Ruiz due to national duties and they will have Scott Garlick between the posts for the first time since the All-Star break. San Jose will be without Dwayne De Rosario, but they have enough talent to cover for him. FCD is looking for their first win at the PHP, but I don't think Saturday will be the day.

FCD 0 - San Jose 3


Colorado vs DC United
Saturday 9pm EST
TV: Direct Kick, Fox Soccer Channel, HDNet

The Rapids have looked good over the last month, but they will be without Jeff Cunningham and Pablo Mastroeni (national duty), so they will be missing an important attacking element. DC will be without Santino Quaranta (national), but they proved that they could win without him on Wednesday night. DC is the better team.

Colorado 0 - DC 2


Real Salt Lake vs New England Revolution
Saturday 9:30pm EST
TV: Direct Kick

New England got a little help from Bruce Arena when he sent Clint Dempsey and Matt Reis back to their team instead of holding them for Saturday. This will force Real to play a full game and they will not be able to do it. Wednesday's game against DC showed how bad things are for this team. New England should be able to come home with three more points

Real 1 - New England 2


Chivas USA vs Columbus Crew
Saturday 10pm EST
TV: Direct Kick

Chivas is looking better, but they are not going into the post-season. They have some great offense, but their defense still falls asleep in the final 25 minutes. Columbus has pulled off two low scoring wins in a row, but they will be without the defensive spark Frankie Hejduk (national). The Crew need to win, but I think they might be in for a surprise out in LA.

Chivas 3 - Columbus 1


LA Galaxy vs Chicago Fire
Sunday 8pm EST
TV: Direct Kick

LA has been strong at home, but without Donovan and Albright they will be looking all over for leadership. Chicago has been in a slump of late (2-1-5), but they have not played a match since Aug. 24. All and all, it should make for an interesting match. Who will pull it together to get the points?

LA 1 - Chicago 2


It is a shame that there are so many good MLS games happening at the same time as the US-Mexico event. I guess I'll be watching a lot of tape-delayed soccer this weekend.


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