MLS Weekend Preview: August 16-18

Friday, August 16

Colorado at New England

Location: Foxboro Stadium. Kickoff (ET): 8:30 p.m. Television: none. Satellite: none.

Series history: May 25 at Foxboro Stadium -- New England's Jim St. Andre was the hero in a 3-2 shootout win; July 24 at Mile High Stadium -- The Rapids became the first team to shut out the Revs when they won 2-0.

Injuries: Colorado -- M Steve Trittschuh (broken toe), M Roy Wegerle (sprained ankle, strained calf), F Jean Harbor (broken ulna) and F Richard Sharpe (tibia stress fracture) are probable, G Chris Woods (strained knee meniscus) is doubtful, D Ian Butterworth (bruised foot), D Troy Edwards (groin surgery), M Dominic Kinnear (strained knee ligament) and M Chris Henderson (strained hamstring) are out; New England -- D Iain Fraser (sore knee) and M Welton (sprained ankle) are probable, D Mike Burns (arthroscopic knee surgery) and F John Kerr (pulled groin) are out.

Of Note: After being the last MLS team to be shut out, the Revolution has been blanked in three of its last seven games.... New England has lost its last two games by a combined score of 10-1.... Francis Okaroh and Alexi Lalas return to the lineup tonight -- Okaroh sat out Wednesday's loss to the MetroStars with a red-card suspension, while Lalas was benched by beleaguered Rev coach Frank Stapleton.... Colorado is still beset with injuries, the latest being Chris Henderson's strained hamstring and Ian Butterworth's bruised foot (neither of whom made the trip east), and Chris Woods injured knee.... Roy Wegerle, who has played just 17 minutes over the last six games, will start tonight.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

Colorado -- Hudock, Kmosko, Hamlett, Balboa, Benedetti, Trittschuh, Bates, S. Henderson, Harbor, Bartlett.

New England -- Heaney, Lalas, Fraser, Wylie, Okaroh, Naveda, Aunger, Welton, Sawatzky, Moore, Keegan.

Prediction: Revs down battered Rapids 3-1.

Saturday, August 17

MetroStars at Tampa Bay

Location: Tampa Stadium. Kickoff (ET): 7:30 p.m. Television:
MSG network. Satellite: Satcom C4, Tr. 6.

Series history: May 4 at Giants Stadium -- The MetroStars scored three goals in five minutes to erase a 3-0 deficit, and Tony Meola came up big in the shootout for a 4-3 win.

Injuries: MetroStars -- M Manny Lagos (torn ACL) is out; Tampa Bay -- M Peter Hattrup (torn ACL and MCL) is out.

Of Note: The Metros looked impressive in thumping New England 4-0 on Wednesday.... It was an impressive debut for Colombian Antony De Avila, who had a goal and an assist in 27 minutes off the bench.... Tampa Bay has looked listless of late, falling at home to D.C. and then losing 2-1 at Dallas last weekend.... The Mutiny need a win to clinch a playoff spot.... Olympian Frankie Hejduk made an impressive debut against Dallas.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

MetroStars -- Meola, Knowles, Harty, Caricola, Vermes, Donadoni, Unger, Ramos, Joseph, Wood, Johnson.

Tampa Bay -- Dougherty, Pittman, Kooiman, Yallop, Hejduk, Ralston, Vasquez, Wise, Valderrama, Galderisi, Lassiter.

Prediction: Lassiter shows why he's the top MLS goalscorer in Tampa's 3-2 win.

Sunday, August 18

San Jose at Columbus

Location: Ohio Stadium. Kickoff (ET): 3:00 p.m. Television:
Univision. Satellite: Spacenet 3, Tr. 5.

Series history: June 1 at Spartan Stadium -- San Jose's Freddy Butler scored late to tie the match, and Missael Espinoza converted a penalty after Bo Oshoniyi fouled him during a shootout attempt as the Clash prevailed 3-2; July 20 at Ohio Stadium -- Paul Bravo scored two goals, one from a seemingly impossible angle, in San Jose's wild 4-3 win.

Injuries: San Jose -- D Troy Dayak (hip flexor) is questionable; M Paul Holocher (torn ACL) is out; Columbus -- G Bo Oshoniyi (strained shoulder) is probable, G Pat Harrington (sprained ankle) is doubtful, D Shane Battelle (ruptured PCL), M Brian Bliss (strained Achilles, pulled groin), and M Billy Thompson (torn ACL) are out.

Of Note: San Jose will be without Eric Wynalda, who received his fifth yellow card against Kansas City on Thursday.... Laurie Calloway's squad has been inconsistent -- Sunday they quelled the Revolution 6-1, only to be defeated 4-1 by the Wiz four days later.... Columbus has won three in a row (two by shootout) since Tom Fitzgerald replaced Timo Liekoski as head coach.... The Crew are just two points behind New England in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

San Jose -- Salzwedel, Martin, Dayak, Doyle, Draguicevich, Emenalo, Rodas, Baicher, Lewis, Espinoza, Bravo.

Columbus -- Friedel, Clark, Smith, Caligiuri, Michallik, Warzycha, Yeagley, Maisonneuve, Paz, McBride, Khumalo.

Prediction: Third time's the charm for Columbus -- McBride shines in a 4-2 win.

Los Angeles at D.C. United

Location: RFK Stadium. Kickoff (ET): 4:00 p.m. Television:
Home Team Sports; KTLA-5 Los Angeles Satellite: Spacenet 3, Tr. 23; Spacenet 3, Tr. 15

Series history: April 28 at RFK Stadium -- The Galaxy spoiled United's home opener with a 2-1 victory; May 5 at the Rose Bowl -- Jorge Salcedo provided a spark off the bench as L.A. rallied for a 2-1 win.

Injuries: Los Angeles -- M Andrew Shue (separated shoulder) and F Jose Vasquez (aggravated foot) are out; D.C. United -- M John Maessner (strained neck) is doubtful, D David Vaudreuil (strained groin) and D Jeff Agoos (bruised foot) are questionable, D Eddie Pope (sprained foot), M John Harkes (strained calf, M Marco Etcheverry (bruised quad), M Tony Sanneh (sprained ankle) and M Richie Williams (bruised quad, strained calf) are probable, G Jeff Causey (lower abdominal tear) and D Mike Huwiler (aggravated groin) are out.

Of Note: Bolivian Jaime Moreno will make his home debut for D.C., which will be without keeper Jeff Causey due to a reaggravated abdominal tear.... Mark Simpson will get the start in goal, with Matt Olson of the USISL's Hampton Roads Mariners backing him up.... Galaxy keeper Jorge Campos, who missed last Sunday's game to be with his Mexican club, Atlante, will start for Los Angeles.... Midfielder Arash Noamouz is finally healthy after undergoing surgery to repair torn knee cartilage.... Noamouz saw his first action in two months in Wednesday night's 2-1 exhibition loss to Mexican champion Necaxa.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

Los Angeles -- Campos, Calichman, Fraser, Salcedo, Semioli, Cienfuegos, Armas, Vanney, Jara, Karapetyan, Hurtado.

D.C. United -- Simpson, Peay, Pope, Agoos, Gori, Williams, Harkes, Sanneh, Etcheverry, Diaz Arce, Moreno.

Prediction: Moreno scores one for the home fans, but Hurtado scores twice in L.A.'s 3-2 win.

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