Friday, April 28, 2006

Weekend Preview

EPL Preview
There really is only one match to be watched this weekend in the EPL, Chelsea hosting Manchester United. If Chelsea don't lose, they win their second straight EPL title. If Utd. win, they keep Chelsea from celebrating for one more week. Chelsea is undefeated at Stamford Bridge, but United have been able to step up for these important matches in the second half of the season, so it should be a great match to watch.

Chelsea vs. Manchester United
07:30am EST
Fox Soccer Channel
Prediction: Chelsea 1 Manchester United 2

MLS Preview
DC United host FC Dallas in a battle of the unbeatens. RFK Stadium will be the site of this early season clash of the titans. United (3-1-0) are riding a three match winning streak, and are coming into this match fresh off a 4-1 drubbing of Red Bull New York at Giants Stadium. United have scored 10 goals this season and have looked stronger in defense than most clubs this season. They look as if they are hitting mid season form already, which is good for them, but very bad for the rest of the league. Alecko Eskandarian has scored 3 goals this season, and Freddy Adu leads the club with 3 assists.

FC Dallas (3-1-0) are rolling into RFK with an equally impressive record and are fresh off a 2-1 win against previously undefeated Kansas City. Former Manchester United prospect Kenny Cooper scored the first goal in the 3rd minute, then the match went dull until the 93rd minute when KC scored on a very nicely played set piece, that Dallas muffed up defending. Right after the KC score, KC went back to sleep and allowed Aaron Pitchkolan to roll through their midfield and smash home the winner. Kenny Cooper leads the Hoops with 3 goals this season.

I did notice some things about FC Dallas' play that I think will play well into United's hands. First off, Ruiz is still not 100%. He is coming off of an hamstring injury and left last weeks match in the 73rd minute. It is still unknown if he can go the full 90 or even be a danger to United backline. The other thing I noticed is that FC Dallas as a club, have a temper. They had 3 cards last week, 2 yellow and 1 straight red for a reckless foul. The week before they had a MLS record tieing 6 cards. If United start to frustrate the Hoops players, I can imagine that the ref will be showing cards like it was going out of style.

DC United vs. FC Dallas
7:30pm EST
RFK Stadium/Comcast Sports Net
Prediction: DC United 2 - FC Dallas 1*

* - I won't be suprised with a 2-2 draw either.


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