Tuesday, June 21, 2011

On the Road Again

photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson

KC only has 6 more games on the road, they'll be down one more after tomorrow's game against the Philadelphia Union. The Union got a surprising loss over the weekend, falling 1-0 in Vancouver. But tomorrow they'll be back at PPL Park, where they are currently undefeated this season, 4-0-3 currently. They'll have Carlos Ruiz available most likely after Guatemala's elimination from the Gold Cup, although it's not guaranteed that he'll start for the Union with the recent addition of Veljko Paunovic. The Union has been a tough team to break down defensively, but at times has struggled defensively.

Kansas City continues a difficult stretch of games that will continue for the next couple weeks. This game starts a stretch of 3 games in 7 days as KC will play Philadelphia, then host Vancouver and the winner of the Chicago Fire PDL/Madison 56ers game tomorrow in the US Open Cup. KC will likely need to use their depth of squad of the next couple games, and they'll be forced to make at least one change to the roster for the game tomorrow as Aurelien Collin is suspended due to picking up his 5th yellow of the season in the game against San Jose. Julio Cesar seems the likely replacement, but the question is how many, if any, other changes will KC make tomorrow. I think we'll see a couple other changes though.

Myers - Cesar - Besler - Sinovic
Sassano - Arnaud
Kamara - Zusi - Bravo

Number to Remember - 10 - The number of days in which KC has played their last 3 game.s This games also starts a stretch of 3 days in 7 or 8 days. A busy time of year.

Key Match Up - Luke Sassano vs Sebastian Le Toux - Le Toux has been playing either on the wing or basically right under the striker, Sassano has done well the past few games, but will be in for another difficult outing going against one of last year's MVP candidates.

PREDICTION - This is going to be a difficult game for KC, a busy schedule and a very good home team that is currently unbeaten in their place. I want to be optimistic but this game just has plenty going against it for KC. Of the next 3 games this is the one I have the least confidence in. This is also against the best team we'll play in the next 3 games. I'd love to see us steal a point or even all 3 but I struggle to see it.

KC - 0
PHI - 1 (Le Toux)

1 comment:

hartley said...

Shouldn't CJ be at the top instead of Teal?