New boys Philadephia Union were last night given a 2-0 drubbing by the Seattle Sounders in the inaugural MLS game at Seattle’s Qwest Field. Philly’s coach Peter Nowak was somehow to blame for the loss. Leaving seasoned midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi on the bench, Nowak opted to put Daniel Mwanga in Central defense a position that did not bring out his effectiveness entirely and which led to his substitution at the start of the second half.
However, the real games begin tonight with Colorado playing away to Chivas at 2230hrs. Of course Colorado hit the headlines these past 24 hrs when they off loaded players Nick LaBrocca and a third round draft pick to Toronto FC in exchange for the services of Marvell Wynne.
Wynne is expected to feature in tonight’s match and that will give Rapids coach Gary Smith a dilemma. If Smith chooses to start Wynne, then Kosuke Kimura will have to benched. This will definitely not go down well with Kimura.
Again, this match will be a re-make of last season’s opener which Chivas won 2-1. This will be the 16th meeting between these two sides and although the Rapids have a pretty average record of 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses, they will be looking to avenge their 2-1 opening game loss against Chivas last season.
The last time these two teams met each other was in August 2009. Colorado carried the day after they thrashed Chivas 4-0. This time however, things are not too bright for the Rapids. Colorado face injuries to key players Omar Cummings and Conor Casey. Midfielder Ciaran O’Brien is also out for the fixture.
Chivas on the other hand received good news that Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan will be fit enough to feature in this match. There is no doubt that this game will set the pace for the rest of the clubs. I only wish it would be easier to pick out a clear favourite for the tie. That said, i will go with my gut and predict a 1-0 win for Chivas.
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