Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Familiar foes renew playoff rivalry
by Ridge Mahoney, October 30th, 2009 6:45AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS PLAYOFF PREDICTION] For the fifth straight year, the Chicago Fire and the New England Revs meet in the playoffs with both teams missing key players because of injuries.

SUNDAY
NEW ENGLAND (11-10-9) vs. CHICAGO (11-7-12), 2 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Espanol

The Revs -- deprived of Taylor Twellman for nearly the entire season and Steve Ralston for the past month - have scored only 33 goals, the fewest of eight playoff teams. Yet at home, they outscored opponents, 22-11, while posting a solid 7-4-4 record. They lost at home, 1-0, to the Crew, late in the season, yet reversed that scoreline on the final day of the season in Columbus with a Jeff Larentowicz free kick to book an eighth straight playoff appearance. Can they use the speed of forward Kheli Dube (eight goals) to get past Chicago in a series that might only feature a goal or two?

In their two regular-season meetings, the teams played 0-0 and 1-1 ties, with the goals coming from Fire defender Wilman Conde and New England's Mr. Everything of 2009, Shalrie Joseph. That speaks not only to the value of Joseph, who led the team in scoring with eight goals and eight assists, but the Revs' success at containing Chicago's attack, which in three October games scored only one goal, and that was an own goal. Brian McBride led the team with just seven goals. The Fire's defense may be strengthened by the return of left back Gonzalo Segares, who hasn't played since early August because of a sprained MCL, and Conde, bothered by a hip contusion.
Prediction: Revs 1, Fire 1.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Confederations Cup: Host Russia exits quietly    
Host Russia fell to Mexico, 2-1, in a must-win game and exited the Confederations Cup in ...
What They're Saying: Caleb Porter    
"We have to have more guys that are finding ways to f***ing win games. Excuse my ...
MLS: Timbers' Cascadia draw latest in worrying pattern    
The Portland Timbers were coming off two tough losses on the road in the last week ...
By the Numbers: Galaxy's upside-down home-away form    
Since 2000, only 10 MLS teams have finished the season with a worse record at home ...
Video Pick: Big oops by Galaxy goalie    
Roger Espinoza's 32-yard shot was heading straight into L.A. Galaxy goalkeeper Clement Diop's chest. But Diop ...
MLS: Quakes replace Kinnear with Leitch as head coach    
Less than 24 hours after beating Real Salt Lake, 2-1, to move into fifth place in ...
USMNT: Four uncapped players named to Gold Cup roster    
Bruce Arena named his 23-player roster for the Gold Cup, which begins June 8. It includes ...
What They're Saying: Haris Medunjanin    
"I think you need to be honest, and I didn't feel a kick. It was just ...
MLS Weekend: Fire extends win streak to seven games    
The Chicago Fire extended its home winning streak to seven games -- the second-longest streak in ...
TV: Cincy-Chicago Open Cup match to be shown on ESPN2     
In just its second season in the USL, FC Cincinnati is racking up milestones in terms ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives