MLS: Saucy Calls (+ One-Stop Injury Rundown) for Week 3

Posted on April 11, 2008 6:55 pm

With the ground shifting violently beneath my feet and my hands getting burned by all the pokers I’m pulling from the fire, I thought I’d try to post something saucy, topical, and yet not too complicated. I also wanted it to be useful…you judge the extent to which I succeeded.

As such, below you’ll find bold predictions about the weekend (saucy/topical) and a one-stop list of all the injuries MLSnet.com deigned to acknowledge (there’s your useful) in the previews they post every week. Writing as someone who rarely gives MLSnet.com credit, I hereby applaud their previews…even if the timing isn’t always the best and that the list of injuries is the only bit that interests me.

Let’s start with the “saucy”…with the league standings as my walking stick…if you catch my meaning… [More...]

- The weekend will end with the Chicago Fire on top in the East. Call this a double-whammy: Chicago wins in San Jose, while Colorado forces a draw against a weary New England squad. Someone talked about all the goals

- Chivas USA will rule the West; I might want the Crew to win, but holding my breath for that strikes me as a sure route to accidental suicide.

- Toronto comes out on the wrong side of a wild one – can either team defend? – which, assuming I’m correct, means Chivas better play frosty, or they might find themselves looking up the table at the collective backsides of the LA Galaxy.

- FC Dallas will remain unbeaten…and no one will care, knowing they’ll flame out right ‘round late August, early September. I have no faith in Red Bull…Lord only knows why I have faith in Dallas…

- This isn’t so much a prediction as a statement: who the frank do Real Salt Lake and DC United get away with so few injuries? That’s nuts against teams like New England and Houston, who are missing half their damn squads.

OK, the good stuff, the informative stuff – e.g. the injuries everyone is carrying – comes after the jump. MLSnet.com’s previews are embedded in the match-ups and any late-breaking information I bumped into today will come after the list of injuries. One final point: as much as I like the basic idea behind this feature, I’m not wild about how it’s presented. Bear with me; I’m chucking some prior and working on getting rid of some obligations, which is keeping me busy behind the scenes.

Columbus Crew v. Chivas USA (4:30 PST, MLSLIVE.tv, Direct Kick (DK))
Columbus CrewOUT: DF Ryan Junge (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Jed Zayner (L groin strain).
Chivas USAOUT: DF Alex Zotinca (R knee ACL surgery); QUESTIONABLE: DF Lawson Vaughn (L hamstring strain); FW Ante Razov (L calf strain); FW Alecko Eskandarian (L groin strain).
Point(s) of Interest: Will new-signing Gino Padula start over Stefani Miglioranzi?

New England Revolution v. Colorado Rapids (4:30 PST, MLSLIVE.tv, DK)
Colorado RapidsOUT: FW Conor Casey (L knee), DF Ugo Ihemelu (R hip), DF Mike Petke (R foot); GK Justin Hughes (L groin); SUSPENDED: Ciaran O’Brien (M)
New England RevolutionOUT: FW Taylor Twellman (R medial meniscus tear); MF Steve Ralston (L shoulder dislocation); QUESTIONABLE: DF Chris Albright (L ankle bone bruise); PROBABLE: DF Joe Franchino (R hamstring strain), MF Jeff Larentowicz (R ankle sprain), MF Wells Thompson (L heel bone spur), FW Spencer Wadsworth (L ankle sprain)
Point(s) of Interest: Tam O’Shanter…er, Tam MacManus…will he start?

San Jose Earthquakes v. Chicago Fire (1:30 p.m. PST, Fox Soccer Channel)
San Jose EarthquakesNONE REPORTED. (Wait…what? Them too? Dang.)
Chicago FireDOUBTFUL: DF Diego Gutierrez (R wrist sprain); MF Brian Plotkin (L hip strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF C.J. Brown (L hip tendonitis); DF Gonzalo Segares (R ankle/foot contusion); MF Logan Pause (L shoulder subluxation); PROBABLE: FW Chris Rolfe (R ankle sprain); FW Tomasz Frankowski (R hamstring strain); DF Dasan Robinson (L knee contusion).

Kansas City Wizards v. Houston Dynamo (5 p.m. PST, no channel I get…bitter)
Kansas City WizardsOUT: DF Matt Marquess (hamstring strain), MF Lance Watson (foot fracture); DOUBTFUL: MF Sasha Victorine (ankle sprain); PROBABLE: MF Davy Arnaud (knee surgery), MF Kerry Zavagnin (knee contusion).
Houston DynamoOUT: MF Mike Chabala (L foot fracture); GK Pat Onstad (R shoulder sprain); FW Johnny Alcaraz (L ankle sprain); DF Eddie Robinson (L knee bone bruise/swelling); DOUBTFUL: MF Stuart Holden (L ankle sprain)

FC Dallas v. Red Bull New York (5:30 p.m. PST, MLSLIVE.tv, DK)
FC DallasOUT: DF David Wagenfuhr (concussion); GK Josh Lambo (jaw/concussion); MF Bobby Rhine (R hip); QUESTIONABLE: MF Marcelo Saragosa (R groin).
New York Red BullsOUT: DF Eric Brunner (nasal fracture); DF Hunter Freeman (R ankle sprain); MF Dane Richards (R MCL tear); MF David Roth (L knee surgery); SUSPENDED: Jeff Parke (D).
Point(s) of Interest: Your late scratch: Juan Pablo Angel.

Real Salt Lake v. DC United (6 p.m. PST, MLSLIVE.tv, DK)
Real Salt LakePROBABLE: MF Andy Williams (R knee sprain); DF Nik Besagno (R meniscus tear/surgery).
D.C. UnitedOUT: MF Ben Olsen (ankle surgery)
Point(s) of Interest: The good folks at RSLFM.com were kind enough to list probable starting XIs.

LA Galaxy v. Toronto FC (Sunday…whoops…all the above are Saturday…12 noon…another channel I don’t get)
LA GalaxyOUT: GK Charles Alamo (R knee surgery); DF Ante Jazic (R ankle surgery); FW Carlos Ruiz (R knee); PROBABLE: MF Alvaro Pires (R foot).
Toronto FCDOUBTFUL: FW Collin Samuel (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: MF Todd Dunivant (hip flexor); DF Julius James (shoulder); SUSPENDED: Kevin Harmse (through April 13)
Point(s) of Interest: Put down Colin Samuel as real doubtful; sounds like he got waived. What will happen with returned prodigal Amado Guevara? FYI, if he doesn’t play, there goes my “shootout” theory.

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