Friday, May 18, 2007

2007 Week 7 Predictions

Week seven of the '07 season is here and it finds a league without a breakout team. However, that could change in the next 48-hours. There is a chance that by Monday both conferences will have teams out in front, but there is also just as much a chance of keeping things bunched up. As far as East-West challenges, we've already had two and we will have two more.

DC United (1-3-1) vs. Toronto FC (2-4-0)
Saturday - 3:30pm ET
TV: Direct Kick, CBC
Internet: MLStv

United goes north to face one of the second hottest team in the league, but United is not doing so bad their selves. Both sides have recovered from disastrous starts by improving their defense. United added an extra man while TFC decided it wasn't a good idea to just let teams walk into goal. However, both teams have also had problems up top, which Toronto has done a better job of fixing, but playing their third match in eight days is going to be difficult on them (even with the fan support). United had last weekend off, so they should be rest and a little tighter up top. Everything tells me that DC will win this one, but for some reason I've got to go against my better judgment and predict a third win for TFC.
Predictions: Me DC 1-2 TFC, Wife DC 1-0 TFC

Columbus Crew (1-1-4) vs. New York Red Bulls (3-1-2)
Saturday - 7:30pm ET
Internet: MLStv

The kings of the tie game head out to New York to see if they can repeat their magic from the season opener. Back on day one, no one was really surprised by the score, however, looking back, it seems odd. New York has been flat their last two games. With Claudio Reyna still feeling the hurt of a groin strain, it is anyone's guess how they will look Saturday afternoon. For the Crew, Andy Herron is serving his final game of suspension, so they have no real attack, which should give the Bulls lots of time to make things happen. They will have their troubles moving the ball forward, but Juan Pablo Angel is going to do something to give his side a win.
Predictions: Me CC 0-2 NY, Wife CC 1-2 NY

New England Revolution (4-1-2) vs. Houston Dynamo (2-3-1)
Saturday - 8:30pm ET
TV: Fox Soccer Channel (8pm pre-game, 10:30pm post), FSE

This one has all the makings of the game of the week and not just because it is a rematch of last year's MLS Cup. The Revs come in on fire and scoring goals at a frantic pace, while Houston is king of stopping goals from happening. The big key for Houston is Dwayne De Rosario. As he has struggled this year, so has his club. If he can make some space in the middle, Houston will win. The Revs will be looking to Twellman to keep the goals coming, and for Matt Reis to keep the nets clear. With all odds this will end in a draw, but I'll go with a Houston win.
Predictions: Me NE 1-2 HD, NE 1-2 HD

Kansas City Wizards (4-2-0) vs. Colorado Rapids (3-2-2)
Saturday - 9:00pm ET

Much like Chivas, I'm starting to see the Rapids as a measuring stick for the league. If you can beat them, you are above average, if not, you are a bit below. Yes, the Rapids have their new home and all that goes along with it, but they have lacked on the pitch. The acres of space they leave open make their huge home pitch a difficult ground for the club. The Wizards know how to get offense going and should have plenty of opportunities to make that happen on Saturday.
Predictions: Me KC 3-1 CR, KC 0-2 CR

LA Galaxy (1-2-1) vs. Chivas USA (2-3-1)
Sunday - 5:00pm ET
TV: TeleFutura (Spanish)

LA is Landon Donovan and Landon Donovan like to beat Chivas, so they will beat Chivas. The goats will make it interesting, but in the end, the Galaxy will take another one.
Predictions: Me LA 2-1 Chivas, LA 3-0 Chivas

Real Salt Lake (0-2-4) vs. FC Dallas (4-3-1)
Sunday - 7:00pm ET
Internet: MLStv

FC Dallas got a deserved win against Chicago and is really starting to take good shape. What that means for Carlos Ruiz is a story for another post. Real is acting like a team looking for respect. So what will this mean Sunday night? I'm saying a tie. Dallas is just not very good at winning games on their own ground and they still like to give up cheap goals. FCD should win, but with just a few days rest, I don't think they will be able to do it.
Predictions: RSL 1-1 FCD, RSL 1-3 FCD

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Blogger Steve said...

NB: The Canadian broadcaster (CBC) has chosen to pre-empt this match to show some hockey game. Unfortunately, it is not available live on CBC at 3:30pm EDT ;-[

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