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MLS Preview: May 29 games
May 29th, 1996 12AM

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Dallas (4-3-2) at Colorado (3-5-0)

Location: Mile High Stadium

Kickoff: 9:00 p.m.

Television: Prime Sports Southwest, delayed 11:30 p.m.

Satellite: Satcom C1, Tr 10.

Previous meeting: April 21 -- Colorado 3-1 at Colorado.

Injuries: Col. -- Chris Woods (GK) is doubtful with a pulled groin, Chris Henderson (MF) is doubtful with a sprained ankle, Troy Edwards (D) is out with a groin strain, Ian Butterworth (D) is on injured reserve with a strained MCL. Dallas -- Gerell Elliot (MF) is on IR with a broken right foot.

Preview: Each team is missing one of their foreign stars because of World Cup qualifying; the Rapids will be without Shaun Bartlett, Dallas won't have Leonel Alvarez.

U.S. international Marcelo Balboa, who missed last week's 1-0 loss to Tampa, scored two goals in the team;s first meeting, his MLS debut. Head coach Bob Houghton may play him in the back, as he did in a 4-2 win over Columbus May 19, or could use him in midfield.

Roy Wegerle is gaining fitness and confidence, which means Diego Sonora and Mark Santel must clamp down on him. But if they play too tight in the middle, Chris Henderson and Steve Trittschuh could take advantage down the flanks.

Dusty Hudock let Alberto Naveda chip him from midfield and then fouled Welton to give New England a penalty for the second goal. At the other end, Mark Dodd anchors one of the league's better defenses, although Alvarez's tackling and inspiration will be missed. Jason Kreis will see plenty of the ball, and Brian Haynes must shoulder more responsibility.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

Colorado -- Hudock, Hamlett, Kmosko, Cannon, Trittschuh, Balboa, Kinnear, Wegerle, Henderson, Sharp, Harbor.

Dallas -- Dodd, Santel, Lozzano, Farrer, Sonora, Ashton, Kreis, Haynes, Eck, Sanchez, Kerr.

Prediction: Revenge for Dallas, 2-1.

Kansas City (3-5-1) at San Jose (3-6-0)

Location: Spartan Stadium

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Television: American Cablevision.

Satellite: SBS 6, Tr 15.

Injuries: KC -- Frank Klopas (MF), Mike Sorber (MF) are questionable with hip-flexor strains. SJ -- Jorge Rodas (MF) is questionable with an ankle sprain.

Previous meeting: April 21 -- Wiz won 3-2 in a 16-round shootout at San Jose.

Preview: The Clash has been experimenting with a sweeper, using Nigerian Ben Iroha behind defenders John Doyle, Michael Emenalo and Troy Dayak, who have not yet played against Scottish striker Mo Johnston. More important is how they deal with Kansas City's potent midfield, which will be missing Sorber and Klopas, so Eric Eichmann and Diego Gutierrez are the likely replacements. Digital Takawira is on international duty with Zimbabwe. The Wiz are trying to sign American keeper Mike Ammann, who has played the past two seasons in England, as a discovery player.

Eric Wynalda rejoins Paul Bravo and Missael Espinoza in the attack for the Clash, and Henry Gutierrez has apparently won himself a starting spot in midfield. But head coach Laurie Calloway must fit Tim Martin into the puzzle, and decide what to do with Ramiro Corrales now that Oscar Dragucevic is healthy.

In the first meeting between the teams, Uche Okafor scored on a brilliant bicycle kick, and the Wiz rallied to tie the game 2-2 on a Alan Prampin goal with less than three minutes left. Prampin's goal was the last time KC scored on the road.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

San Jose -- Salzwedel, Iroha, Emenalo, Dayak, Doyle, Martin, Corrales, H. Gutierrez, Espinoza, Wynalda, Bravo.

Kansas City -- Lagerwey, Okafor, Bowers, Ekeme, Reasoner, Eichmann, Preki, D. Gutierrez, Chung, Prampin, Johnston.

Prediction: Clash, 4-2.



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