Friday, November 07, 2008

It's Down to This

The Wizards play the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals tomorrow at Columbus Crew Stadium, as they take on the Crew. After some trouble failing to clear the ball late in the second half of the first leg, the Wizards go into the game tied on aggregate with the Crew 1-1. The "180 minute game" enters the second half tomorrow.

The Wizards will be without one of the players that had been part of their late season turnaround in Herculez Gomez, who was red carded in the first leg. And after making a surprise appearance as a substitute in the first leg, it looks like Josh Wolff is doubtful for the second leg. With Gomez and likely Wolff out, it looks like the Wizards will be a little short on the bench. According to Thad at The Back Post, Roger Espinoza appears to be the favorite to take Gomez's spot.
Leathers - Conrad - Wahl - Harrington
Souter - Arnaud - Espinoza
Lopez - Thompson

PREDICTION - The late goal last game completely changed this series, but honestly I wasn't going to be really confident on the chances of going through unless the Wizards had gone to Columbus with a 2 or 3 goal lead at least. Even going in at 1-0 the Wizards were going to need a great performance in Columbus to go through. The Wizards are going to need to play one of their best games of the season to go through. I'm going to be optimistic though.

KC - 1 (Lopez)
CLB - 1 (Schelotto)
Wizards through on PKs.

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