Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thursday Night Soccer - New York v Dallas

New York Red Bulls (2-0-1) vs. FC Dallas (2-1-1)
8:00pm ET

So far this season, the Bulls have owned the teams from Texas, but FC Dallas is looking to get a bit of the lone star state's pride back tonight as they welcome the Eastern Conference leaders to town.

New York will not have the advantage of a thunderstorm, travel tired foes or Clint Mathis tonight, so they will need to come up with a good strategy to win. And with that, all eyes shift to focus on Josmer Altidore. With their Columbian help still waiting for a visa, the 17-year-old will need to lead the club.

Meanwhile in the oil palace, Dallas is also having some visa problems as Argentine midfielder Pablo Ricchetti is still waiting the stamp. In addition, Marcelo Saragosa, Roberto Mina and David Wagenfuhr are all out due to injury plus goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has been sick and had a 60-foot tree fall on his house Tuesday night (thankfully nobody got hurt). Needless to say, FCD is a bit patched together at the moment.

Even with all these problems I think the thing that has the best chance to kill FCD tonight is sloppy defensive play. Dallas does not have a strong line in front of goal and Hislop is a bit unpredictable. If they can keep it tight and force Altidore to take shots from distance, they will keep a clean sheet.

I don't think there will be much scoring in this one, but it will still be an entertaining match. Look for lots of physical play and numerous cards.
Predictions: Me NY 0-1 FCD, Wife NY1-1 FCD

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