Wednesday, May 10, 2006

MLS Mid-Week Preview/Other News

MLS has two mid-week matches this week, sort of California vs. Texas.

Chivas USA vs. Houston
Chivas host the Dynamo at HDC in hopes of proving to the rest of the league that they can beat teams that are not named RSL. Ante Razov currently sits 5th in the MLS scoring chase with 3 goals and 1 assist. Houston are walking into the Home Depot Center with a certain Texas swagger that can only be picked up by beating their West leading in-state rivals, FC Dallas last week 4-3. This is the first of several matches that Houston faces without MLS leading scorer, Brian Ching, as Ching reported to US National Team duty today for the 2006 World Cup. Even without Ching, Houston should retain their swagger and walk on out of LA with 3 more points.
Chivas USA 1 Houston Dynamo 2

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy
FC Dallas host the 2005 MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy, with the Galaxy not playing like defending champions. This match up is one of several under stories; both teams were torched last weekend for 4 goals a piece; LA face their first of many matches without MLS Golden Boy Donovan or Chris Albright; FC Dallas must begin to take advantage of a Western Conference that has weaker teams now due to World Cup call-ups. FC Dallas will keep all 3 points in this match and the Fire Sampson clock will start right after the final whistle at Pizza Hut Park.
FC Dallas 2 LA Galaxy 0

MLS to unveil Toronto Name and Logo is reporting that the new Toronto expansion club ownership will announce the clubs name and logo tomorrow at 11:30am est. Garber & Co. will be on hand for the unveiling in Toronto.

UEFA Cup goes to Sevilla
FC Sevilla trashed EPL side Middlesbrough 4-0 in the UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven. Middlesbrough manager Steve McLaren leaves the club for the England Manager job, which he will take right after England finish the World Cup. Maresca scored 2 goals with Kanoute and Fabiano adding one each. Sevilla finished 5th in La Liga this last season, so they will be entering the UEFA Cup next season as defending Champions.


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