Friday, June 15, 2007

2007 MLS Week 11 Predictions

Week 11 of the MLS season is still happening under the shade of the Gold Cup, however the league managed to schedule all there games in such a way that none of them will happen during the quarterfinals. It seems odd to have to salute such a no brainier idea, but still, good job.

This weekend is all about the fight within the conferences as there is only one inter-conference match up.

Columbus Crew (1-4-5) vs. New England Revolution (5-2-3)
6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT
Tv: Fox Soccer Channel (30-min pre and post shows), FSE
Can the Crew find some offense and not kill themselves? Will the Revs be able to pull it together against an 'easy' team? New England has had trouble against lowly teams this season, but the Crew has been a mess. There should be a strong atmosphere (the US Gold Cup game takes place right before this), so that should be enough to send NE over the top.
Predictions: Me CC 0-2 NE, Wife CC 1-3 NE

Chicago Fire (4-5-2) vs. DC United (4-3-2)
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT
Will the Fire have enough players to field a team? Can DC continue their amazing run? A lesser question, will the ladies still show up without Boswell in the lineup? These two teams are tied on points but are in very different situations. The Fire can tie nothing together on the pitch and are counting on young players to make things happen while DC is opening up their offense while keeping the back safe. This should be a good day for United.
Predictions: ME CF 1-3 DC, Wife CF 2-3 DC

Kansas City Wizards (6-2-1) vs. New York Red Bulls (6-3-2)
7:30pm ET/ 4:30pm PT
TV: Direct Kick
Internet: MLStv
Will Sealy stand up for KC? Can NY regain their defensive posture? Nothing like a big battle for the top of the East. KC is the team that started the Bulls current poor run of play, so NY will be looking for some payback. DC exposed the problems NY has with diagonal runs but will the Wizards have the offensive strength to exploit it?
Predictions: ME KC 0-2 NY, Wife KC 0-2 NY

Colorado Rapids (4-4-3) vs. Chivas USA (4-3-2)
10:30pm ET/ 7:30pm PT
Internet: MLStv
Will the Rapids finally play an interesting game of soccer? Can Chivas make something happen with less then ten attempts? Colorado is a team that gets results in such an ugly way that it can be frustrating to watch while Chivas take forever to make teams pay for mistakes. The goats are strong at home and should be able to topple the Rapids, but Colorado will make it difficult.
Predictions: CR 0-1 CV, CR 2-1 CV

FC Dallas (7-5-1) vs. Toronto FC (3-6-1)
1pm ET/ 10am PT
TV: TeleFutura, CBC
Can Dallas win another one on the road? Will TFC regain their home foothold after the problems with New York? FCD played a good game against Real last night, but even after controlling much of the match, needed a late, late, late goal to take the points. Toronto will not allow such a thing.
Predictions: ME FCD 0-2 TFC, Wife FCD 2-1 TFC

Real Salt Lake (0-4-6) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (1-4-3)
8pm ET/5pm PT
Internet: MLStv
Will Real give up yet another goal after the 85th minute? If the Galaxy can't beat RSL, whom can they beat? The battle for the bottom is here. Real didn't look that good against Dallas, but they were able to hold, that is till the second minute of stoppage time. Goals like that along with a coach getting red-carded can real spell doom for a team. However, LA is the walking definition of doom. They will get some help from Tyrone Marshall and Abel Xavier, but will it be enough to finally set the team right?
Predictions: Me RSL 1-1 LA, Wife RSL 0-3 LA

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