Well, got that one wrong and the one after it.
San Jose was outplayed by a Colorado with a marvelous job done up the middle by the Rapids, from the midfield through the central defense of Drew Moor and Marvell Wynne. Ryan Johnson should have had a goal, but a good night otherwise for the home side. As I wrote on Twitter, highly disappointed in the efforts of Giovanni who has that look of “It’s freezing and I really don’t want to be here.”
And that announced attendance? 17,000 not sure I’m buying it but we weren’t talking Pizza Hut Park either. Not every spectator had two seats to sprawl on.
On to Sunday:
• Los Angeles v. Dallas
Still feeling the Galaxy in this one, 2-0. Sticking with my prediction of 2-0. Watch David Ferreira have something else to say.
Actually, as written previously, I think you’re going to see David Beckham tuck himself in on the right and clog that middle for Ferreira and force Dallas to beat them down the flanks. Your time to shine Brek Shea.
• Toffees vs. Emirates
Despite a shutout on the road midweek, Arsenal’s defense is having a real hard time lately with its soft underbelly centrally. The combo of Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci (with Thomas Vermaelen ailing) have not protected whoever the notoriously negligent goalkeeper on the day is.
That’ll leave it to the Blues’ Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford who finally showed up last week to create some havoc up front. Look for Moyes to keep John Heitinga as a deep-lying central defensive mid and for Mikel Arteta to try to find Beckford, Yak and/or both over the top.
With Fellaini out, Luis Saha blase and little wing play, expect an ugly game from the Blues in hopes of taking down the visitors.
• Chelsea vs. Sunderland
Unfortunately, injuries will likely wreck what would have been a match-up of the best forwards in the Premiership. Oh, it’s not Didier Drogba, who, despite a bout of malaria, expects to play. Darren Bent is shelved for the Black Cats or the doubles match-up of Anelka-Drogba and Gyan-Bent would have been a good one.
Worse for the men at the Bridge, is Michael Essien out. How valuable is Essien? Despite missing Frank Lampard for a stretch already Chelsea maintained their unbeaten streak all the way up until last week at Anfield where the Ancelotti’s crew was dismantled…by the same team that got a Stoke City beatdown this Saturday.
If our good friend Lee Cattermole can see fit not to earn yellow…or red, this one should be a good one with Essien watching in street clothes.