Friday, September 18, 2009

Revenge on My Mind

This weekend, the Wizards welcome FC Dallas to Kansas City in what is a must win for both teams if they want to make the playoffs this year. Both teams can only barely see the playoffs and getting 3 points tomorrow night out at CAB will be big for either team. Dallas comes into this game having put another half a dozen on the board, this time out in LA against the Galaxy. Jeff Cunningham is in good form right now and has moved up into second place for goals scored in league play. The smaller CAB field should negate some of Dallas' speed, but he's still the danger man that KC must watch.

I was in Dallas for the embarassing 6-0 defeat earlier this year, and I for one would love to return the favor. I'm sure many of the players that played in that game have circled the game as a chance for redemption. Hopefully they come through and take care of business. Jack Jewsbury is suspended tomorrow due to picking up a yellow in New York. There are a few options KC can go with in his absence. The team can go back to a diamond midfield and drop Davy Arnaud into the attacking midfield role and start either Zoltan or Kei Kamara up top with Josh Wolff. Or if the team chooses to stick with more of the empty bucket formation they've used lately, we could see Kurt Morsink return to the starting lineup.
Leathers - Conrad - Hohlbein - Harrington
Hirsig - Morsink
Gomez - - - - - - - - Lopez
Wolff - Arnaud

Key Match Up - Jimmy Conrad vs Jeff Cunningham - Cunningham continues to be a major threat in the league and he's been hot as of late, scoring two more goals last week in LA against the Galaxy. Shutting him down will be key, although the smaller field at CAB should help to contain him.

PREDICITON - I wanted to just put 6-0 for the score and hope that KC pulls it off. But this team isn't going to score 6 goals, I have doubts that they could even hit 4 again like they did in New England. KC needs this and at home against Dallas they may be able to pull it off. KC can slow the game down better on the smaller field at CAB. If they can do that and neutralize the speed of Dallas they may just come away with all 3 points.

KC - 2 (Wolff, Kamara)
FCD - 1 (Cunningham)

1 comment:

jda said...

I hope they do win, that'll at least make up for the 16+ hours of driving we did to see them get embarassed. GO WIZ!!!