Wednesday, August 09, 2006

MLS Mid-Week 20 Preview

The MLS sees three games getting played tonight with Fox Soccer carrying one of them. All and all, this is often the low part of the season as the hype of the start is gone but the rush to the finish is not yet happening. Still, at least three of the six teams need to start making something happen soon or else the end run will be too much to handle.

New England Revolution vs. KC Wizards
7:30pm ET
TV: Direct Kick (DK), MLStv

There is no doubt about it, KC needs to get a win from this game. Their slide is reaching unheard of proportions. The good news is that after this game, they have Columbus on Saturday and they don't have to play DC United again during the regular season, but that might mean little if they cannot achieve some sort of mental victory. These teams met two weekends ago and KC lost their lead in the final moments of stoppage time. This match offers them a chance to kill of those demons and show that they can win.

Kerry Zavagnin will be out for the Wizards, leaving a hole in their midfield. This should allow the Revs to finally win a midfield battle, but will they be able to finish? In addition, this will be New England's fourth match in 11 days, so exhaustion could be a major factor.

Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy
8:00pm ET
TV: Fox Soccer Channel, DK, MLSTv

In the next four days, Houston has a chance to move within one-point of Western leaders FC Dallas. Tonight's match against LA is the first game in the Barcelona-Club America double header, so there will be a large crowd on hand, but the Dynamo will be missing a big part of their engine as All-Star MVP Dwayne De Rosario will be out due to suspension. The last time they were without him (week 3), DC tossed them around, however, LA is not DC.

For the Galaxy, Landon Donovan might be back (probably as a sub). Since his German flop, Donovan has been returning to good MLS form which is good for LA as they need to start getting points. If the golden-boy continues on the streak and the Dynamo do not find someone else in threaten in the midfield, then it will be a bad night for Houston.

Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake
9:30pm ET

With Dedi Ben Dayan now gone from the Rapids lineup, it will be interesting to see where they turn for that additional firepower. I'm guessing Clint Mathis will play a big part in the role, but only Coach Clavijo knows for sure.

Whatever the Rapids do, the real pressure will be Real. Sitting in a tie for last place with a team like LA is not where you want to find yourself. They are coming off the high that is beating DC in a match where they played to better soccer, but can they carry that over to the Rocky Mountain neighbors? Salt Lake has talent, but they never seem able to put it together for more then one game at a time. With that in mind and with Colorado playing some good ball, I’m guessing Real will find themselves alone in last place come tomorrow.



Blogger maradawga said...

Hey ... what about the big MLS game tonight?

Oh, sure, United vs Madrid isn't a league game ... but it's the biggest game of the night for sure.

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Manly Ferry said...

Yes! Previews! And they're better than mine and lack the WAGs (wild-ass guesses) I feel compelled to make about who wins what! (NOTE: Previews come after the rest of the "lead" story.)

5:14 PM  

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