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
What we're watching ... on Big Wednesday
by Ridge Mahoney, May 5th, 2010 1:41AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  chivas usa, colorado rapids, d.c. united, fc dallas, los angeles galaxy, mls, new england revolution, san jose earthquakes

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Reeling D.C. United gets a chance on national television to atone for its shocking loss on the opening weekend of the season, and Texas rivals Houston and FC Dallas meet for the second and last time this season as part of a midweek MLS quadruple-header. Here are some points of interest to follow ...

D.C. DEJA VU. Curt Onaflo kicked off his stint as United head coach March 27 with a 4-0 hammering inflicted by former employer Kansas City, now coached by his former boss, Peter Vermes. The rematch is Wednesday at RFK (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2), and Kansas City could revive a stagnant attack that hasn’t scored in the last three league matches. United is the league leader in goals allowed with 13.

Midfield enforcer Clyde Simms is finally healthy, and if he can contain his Kansas City counterpart Stephane Auvray, D.C. United may blunt enough attacks to give its own offense badly needed possessions to establish tempo and generate chances. Many facets of United’s game have gone awry during its 0-5 start, but controlling the middle of the field in a home game is not a bad place to start the fix-up.

TEXAS TIME. Assuming Corey Ashe and Dominic Oduro didn’t run their legs off last weekend during a 3-0 pasting of Kansas City, the Dynamo speed could be a problem for FC Dallas, which even with the scoring of Jeff Cunningham -- three goals in five games after leading the league with 17 a year ago – is winless on the season while squandering numerous opportunities.

Coach Schellas Hyndman blamed poor luck for his team’s 1-1 tie with New England last weekend despite playing the last 20 minutes with a two-man advantage, but a stark fact of soccer is that bad teams miss good chances. Cunningham complained of a sore knee and didn’t train Tuesday; Honduran midfielder Marvin Chavez is a possible recall following limited duty due to knee and hamstring injuries.

AWAY FROM L.A. Both the Galaxy and Chivas USA are on the road, with streaking Los Angeles already nine points ahead in the standings. Chivas USA has also scored fewer goals (six) and conceded more (nine) than any of its Western Conference foes.

Though San Jose’s goal in its 1-0 defeat of Colorado Saturday looked offside, the Quakes did frustrate Omar Cummings so thoroughly he was substituted early in the second half. Outside mid Wells Thompson is driving forward energetically in place of the injured Colin Clark but more than a one-dimensional attack will be needed to split open the Galaxy. The ground will tremble under a monumental battle of the tall and strong, a.k.a. Conor Casey vs. Omar Gonzalez.

Revs coach Steve Nicol must replace striker Kheli Dube and midfielder Joseph Niouky, who were both sent off last weekend against FC Dallas. Despite being on the road, if Chivas USA can’t exploit an already thin opponent deprived of two starters and in the midst of rebuilding the back line, it has serious issues to address.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Didier Deschamps    
"If it is verified and it is fair, why not [use VAR]. It changes our soccer ...
TV Report: USA-Honduras draws 1 million viewers    
Friday's USA-Honduras match averaged 1,025,000 for English-language and Spanish-language coverage on FS1 and UniMas/UDN. The Mexico-Costa ...
USA-Panama: Multiple changes likely despite big win    
A 6-0 thrashing of Honduras has re-started the U.S. World Cup qualifying campaign, and the Americans ...
USWNT: Knee injury sidelines Brian for Russia series    
Houston Dash midfielder Morgan Brian, a starter on the U.S. women's national team for the last ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"We're not smart enough to think like that. If we were smart enough, we wouldn't have ...
USL Rewind: Ex-Sounder Ochoa sparks Sac comeback    
The seventh USL season kicked off last weekend with some big crowds, new facilities and a ...
What They're Saying: Bobby Wood    
"I believe that if Jurgen had not been the U.S. head coach, I might have quit ...
Video Pick: River Plate blows 4v1    
River Plate squandered a golden scoring chance in embarrassing fashion during its 2-1 win over Belgrano, ...
NASL Rewind: Season starts with three ties    
Kyle Bekker scored the first goal in San Francisco Deltas' NASL history, in a 1-1 tie ...
MLS Power Rankings: Crew SC jumps up 11 spots    
Idle FC Dallas stayed No. 1 in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings, but the Portland Timbers ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives