Playoff Push: Wizards at Chivas USA

With back to back wins the Wizards are back in the playoff race and looking better…. though that was against two teams that were on the bottom their respective conferences. 

This week KC take on Chivas USA.  The little Goats are currently in second in the MLS West but have just 1 more point than KC does.   Wins by Colorado, Salt Lake and FC Dallas, all results that would greatly help the Wizards will crash Chivas USA to 5th in the West.

As noted, KC are coming of back to back 2-0 wins.  This is the first time they have won back to back games since starting the season 2-0-0.  Chivas were the first team to win at Rice-Eccles last week, but were trounced 4-0 the week before in New England.   The little Goats recent home MLS record is 2-3-0 (WDL).  Last time they lost at home was to Chicago in June.  For KC, their only win on the road all season was in Chicago back in April.

The last game between KC and Chivas was one where KC jumped out to a 3-0 lead and had to hold on for a 3-2 win.  This was at home.   The Wizards also blew two other games late after this meltdown.  However KC has added Herculez Gomez and Abe Thompson since then, and moved Davy Arnaud and Jack Jewsbury to the midfield.   This has helped KC to re-focus their hold on games and put together more complete games overall.

Unfortunately Jack Jewsbury will not be in the lineup tonight due to yellow card accumulation.  Rather it should be Kurt Morsink out there with Davy.  I expect the rest of the lineup to remain the same as it was last week (and the week before).

It looks like only Myers is out with “injury” for KC; he has mono.  For Chivas, they have a laundry list of injuries and several that are questionable/doubtful for the game: Galindo, Bornstein, Nagamura, Talley and Zotinca.  Three of them played last week.

Chivas also have a roster full of former Wizards players.  Most recent addition is Sasha Victorine.  They have Talley, Shavar Thomas and Alex Zotinca.  I think we could see possibly three of them on the field tonight.

It should be a beautiful day in Carson, CA.  Forecast says mid 70’s for game time, no chance of rain and low winds.

If KC can keep up their newly found attacking form from the last two weeks then I can see a one or two goal victory.



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