Friday, May 05, 2006

MLS Preview - Week 6

This is the final week for the 11 US players who have been called up for the US National Team for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It will be interesting to see if those players play with the same tempo and style that got them the callups, as one of the players has already been replaced due to injury. With a five matches scheduled, it should be an interesting week.

New England vs. LA Galaxy
New England hosts the 2005 MLS Cup Champions, in their final match up of the regular season. New England visited the HDC on the opening week and left with a 1-0 win and all 3 points. As this is their second home match, the Revs are still searching for their first home win, losing 2-1 last week against the Fire. The Galaxy are coming into this match off of a 3-2 victory over the horrifying rEal Salt Lake. LA didn't look good in that match and with both Landon Donovan and Chris Albright heading to Germany, they should be hoping and praying that they get the points tomorrow.
New England 2 - LA Galaxy 1

Kansas City vs. Chicago
Kansas City current sits atop the Eastern conference and the Supporters Sheild standings with 12 points, having taken full points off of the Columbus Crew last week, winning 1-0. They are hosting the Fire, who are in the middle of their 10 match road trip waiting for their new Stadium to be completed. KC are playing pretty weel, but this should be the first step in their downward spiral. Chicago are good enough to either split the points or even take a late winner against the Wizards, much like FC Dallas did a few weeks ago. The main reason this is the beginning of the end for KC is that they will be losing their three main players, their main defender in Jimmy Conrad and their starting forward, Wolff and Johnson. How they will compensate for the loss in their defense and attack, no one really is sure right now.
Kansas City 1 - Chicago 1

Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas
The Lone Star Classico is on...while it really live up to its name? With these two squads, it should. Both clubs are playing pretty well. FC Dallas survived the DC assault last week at RFK and escaped with 1 point when they really should have left without any, keeping them in first place in the Western conference. Their defense is working very well, and Sala is coming off of he best MLS performance in goal, which if he can keep his form up, he should be able to get FC Dallas several points this season by himself. Houston are sitting 2 points behind FC Dallas in the West and with a victory, they will leap frog FC Dallas for first. A loss moves them 5 points back. As this is Brian Ching's last match before heading to work for Bruce Almighty, our Lord and Savior, he will want to ensure that he adds to his MLS leading goal tally, which is currently at 6 goals. FC Dallas' defense and Sala should be the decider in this one.
Houston Dynamo 1 - FC Dallas 2

Columbus Crew vs. rEal Salt Lake
Columbus hosts rEal Salt Lake as both teams are trying to figure out exactly what to do in the league. Columbus can't seem to win any match that isn't held at the HDC (1-0 victory over LA) and RSL can't seem to win any match that is held with them playing in it. Not much can be said about this one, Columbus is already going to be without Frankie Hejuk, as it was revealed that he has a torn ACL and was dropped from the US National Team. RSL play their last match with Eddie Pope on their backline, as he reports for National Team duty later next week.
Columbus 1 - RSL 0

Colorado vs. DC United
Colorado hosts United in the altitude of Mile High Stadium, coming off another defeat at the hands (head??) of Brian Ching and the Houston Dynamo. The Rapids should be happy that Ching wasn't loaned out to United for this match (seeing how he has torched them for 5 goals this season already), but they should still be weary of facing the strongest club in MLS as of right now. United are undefeated in the first five matches of the season, out scoring their opponents 11 to 4 and have the strongest midfield and defense in the league. Colorado will have trouble getting anything started on the attack, but the thin air of Denver should be able to cause its own fair share of problems for the United attack. If Peter Nowak cycles his forwards well enough to get fresh legs on when they are needed, United should have no trouble leaving Denver with maximum points.
Colorado 0 - DC United 1


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