Trip to RFK on the Line

A trip to MLS Cup is on the line tomorrow night in Houston as the Kansas City Wizards take on the Dynamo in the Western Conference Finals. The Wizards come in after beating Chivas USA 1-0 on aggregate. Houston made the conference finals by beating Dallas 4-2 after overtime. Houston won the season series with KC 1-0-1. A Patrick Ianni goal in KC gave the Dynamo a 1-0 away win. In Houston, Eddie Johnson scored his 14th goal of the regular season, but was countered by Joseph Ngwenya’s strike, giving Houston a share of the points.

KC should have their full roster for this game, although Carlos Marinelli is still hobbled by his ankle sprain. I’d expect to see the same exact roster that the team started with for the two games agianst Chivas.

Hartman
Jewsbury – Conrad – Garcia – Harrington
Zavagnin
Arnaud – Morsink – Victorine
Sealy – Johnson

Prediction
The Wizards will need to come out of their defensive shell to take this game. They’ll need to get more possession, which the team lacked severely in the second leg against Chivas. Houston has been a rock defensively this season, breaking records set by the 2000 Wizards, so Sealy and Johnson will have to be on top of their game for the Wizards to take this. As much as I want to pick the Wizards to take this, I just see the Dynamo as too strong, and unfortunately for not just Wizards fans, we’ll get a repeat of last years dull MLS Cup final.

KC – 1 (Sealy)
Houston – 2 (Ching, Holden)

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks, I enjoyed reading this preview although I hope your prediction is wrong. Why won’t Marinelli start?

  2. My gut feeling on it. I think Onalfo will stick with the lineup that has done well in the two games against Chivas. I see Marinelli starting on the bench and coming on in the second half.

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