Wednesday, October 05, 2005

MLS Mid-Week 27 Predictions

FC Dallas vs Columbus Crew
8:30pm EST
TV: Direct Kick

FCD would must be happy to be out of California, but injuries and absents might make this a bittersweet homecoming. Dallas will be without Jeff Cassar, Eddie Johnson, Richard Mulrooney, and probably Ronnie O'Brien due to injury; Clarence Goodson and Greg Vanney due to suspension; and Carlos Ruiz and Roberto Mina are away on national duty. So a lot of the C in FC will be unable to step onto the pitch. For Columbus, they are looking to keep some sort of playoff hope alive although their 1-0 lose to Chivas over the weekend should be the writing on the wall. Still, they might be able to get full points thanks to FCD's back and fourth defensive line. If Knox Cameron and Edson Buddle can keep the pressure on Dallas, it will be a long night for the Hoops.

FCD 1 - Columbus 2


Chicago Fire vs MetroStars
8:30pm EST

So how do you think Michael Bradley is going to feel tonight? He should be starting for the Metros even though his fire was fired just yesterday. Awkward. Obviously the MetroStars need to get a result in Chicago. The good news for them is Amado Guevara is back from suspension. He should be able to give them an added spark. In addition, the fire will be with out Zach Thornton in goal due to a calf strain. These are all big advantages for the Metros, however they are still the club that they are which means who knows what might happen on the field. That said, if a chance of making the playoffs does not motivate the team, I don't know what will. This one should be very physical and fun to watch.

Chicago 1 - Metro Stars 2


Colorado Rapids vs Chivas USA
9pm EST
TV: Direct Kick

Okay, Chivas surprised me (and Columbus) on Saturday, but I don't think they will be able to do it again. The Rapids are on a three game winning streak (yes all three have been against Real or Chivas, but still) and added some nice talent during the trade window. Dedi Ben-Dayan has proven himself with three goals in as many matches. Same can be said about Jean-Philippe Peguero. These two have allowed the Rapids to open up their play and not depend so much on Jeff Cunningham. For Chivas, they have looked better, but it would be hard to look worse. A big problem for Chivas is still their backline, which has allowed 32 of their 62 goals to be scored in the final 30 minutes. If you cannot hold late, you are going to lose.

Rapids 2 - Chivas 1


Real Salt Lake vs DC United
9:30pm EST
TV: Direct Kick

Real Salt Lake will be without Eddie Pope due to national duty so they will have to rely on, um, on, well, maybe, how about, wind. So can Clint Mathis get a goal in this one like he did on Saturday? If he does, it might embolden his team, but that does not mean they will win (look to Saturday's result for more). The good news for DC United is that Christian Gomez will not have to bang a drum during this match as his suspension is over. However, Santino Quaranta will be away on national duty, so they will not be full strength. Still, what United puts on the field should be enough to send Salt Lake to the showers in tears.

Real 0 - DC United 2


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