Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thursday Night Soccer - Chicago vs. New York

Chicago Fire (3-3-1) vs. New York Red Bulls (4-1-2)
7:00pm ET

It's Thursday night which means it is soccer night in America. The Fire come into this game in a major slump having lost three in a row with a combine score of 3-8. This club has lost their function as they don't seem to be able to create any consistent channels through which to move the ball forward. Add that to their frantic defense and you have the hard times they see now.

New York got things going hot out of the gate, but has looked a bit off over their last three matches. However, the fact that they won one of those matches 4-0 while looked less that spectacular says something about the club. For this match, they will again be without Claudio Reyna as he recovers from a groin strain and possibly goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus. If both of these men are out, it could spell trouble for the Bulls.

If Chicago wants to get this win, they will have to do more then just throw balls at Calen Carr and hope he can do something with them. Justin Mapp will need to act as the director and spread the field. If Chris Rolfe does make it back for this one, they have a better chance of making this happen.

In the end, Chicago will not have enough to pounce on the handful of mistakes New York will give them and the Red Bulls will ride to another win.

Predictions: Me Chicago 1-3 New York, Wife Chicago 1-0 NY
Also, there will be less then 13,000 people at the game, but will Eric Wynalda give them a red card?

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Anonymous EngineerTiat said...

To me, teamwork is the most important. And if Chicago wants to win, it will have to go one up against New York. And the desire must be there to win. Napoleon Hill said, "Think and Grow Rich". I say "Think and Win"!

Warm regards

9:54 AM  

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