Friday, May 26, 2006

MLS Week 9 Predictions

Only four games this Saturday with Real Salt Lake hosting Colorado for the ESPN2 match of the week.

Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids
4:00pm ET

Real Salt Lake welcomes Clint Mathis back for the first time since his off-season trade. Real is also riding a two game winning streak thanks in large part to the man they got for Mathis, Jeff Cunningham. The Rapids are also coming off a win, but Real has looked to be the better of the two of late. Salt Lake should be able to use their momentum and home fans to get past the rapids and what should be a good game to watch.

Me: RSL 2-0 Colorado
Wife: RSL 2-1 Colorado

New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo
7:30pm ET
TV: Direct Kick (DK), HDNet, MLStv
Radio: Boston - WEEI 850am

Neither of these teams likes what happened to them last weekend. The Revs were shown their own ass by FCD while Houston was out smarted by Chicago. For this match, Houston has too much to overcome to win. With Ching making things happen for the US and Dwayne De Rosario still not 100% (not to mention Aaron Lanes being out), they do not have the offense to finish off the Revs.

Me: NE 1-0 Houston
Wife: NE 1-0 Houston

KC Wizards vs. DC United
8:30pm ET
Radio: DC - WMET 1160am, WACA 1540am (Spanish)

This should be a good one as the best two of the East come off disappointing results. Earlier this season, KC went to DC saw a crazy first quarter of the match lead to a United victory. The match was evenly played, with DC just being a little better. This time, KC faces a problem greater then the men in black and red as they are missing a large portion of their offense in Josh Wolff and Eddie Johnson, plus are hurting on defense with Jimmy Conrad away. DC has looked a little sloppy on defense of late, but since I don't think the Wizards will threaten much, they will not be able to take advantage of these openings.

Me: KC 0-2 DC
Wife: KC 1-1 DC

Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire
11:00pm ET
Radio: LA - KTNQ 1020am (Spanish)

Chivas have got to be having a major mental block when it comes to winning these days. So many matches have seen them put together some good things only to see the other side put together a few more. For the Fire, they just don't seem to know how to lose. Chicago finds ways to shut teams down and then punches it through to goal. However, with Justin Mapp out due to a facial fracture, the Fire will have a little harder time finding a win.

Me: Chivas 1-1 Chicago
Wife: Chivas 1-2 Chicago


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