12 May 2006

Match 11.07 Preview: Kansas City Wizards

Match #: 11.07

Opponent: Kansas City Wizards

DC United, 3-1-2, 11 pts, 2nd in East Conference , 4th in MLS
Kansas City Wizards, 4-1-1, 13 pts, 1st in East Conference, 2nd in MLS

TV: CSN, 7:30PM

Previous Meeting: Kansas City 1 : 1 DC United, July 20, 2005 (DCenters remembers...)

Suggested Pregame Music: Hungry Like the Wolf[f] - Duran Duran. Or perhaps Hungry for...

The Stakes: Like the FC Dallas game, the standings don't matter so much except in the game recap. This game will serve as the early barometer for form during the World Cup period of the 2006 MLS Season.

DC United looks to regain a composure they lost for the first time against Colorado last week. It's a bit mysterious, given that they were down two goals against New York and didn't look as bad as they did when they were tied against the Rapids. A draw is a disappointment, a win steadies the ship nicely after a winless past two weeks. The play of Jamie Moreno is sure to be a topic for discussion.

For Kansas City, this is a chance to prove people that have composed obituaries during the World Cup period wrong. Everyone expects that the 4-3-3 could be abandoned, but why? If the system is that good, you may as well give it a chance in this game to work with your bench. It'll give you a very good evaluation of how deep you truly are.

Previews from the DCUniverse: Quarter Volley, DC Sun Devil, A Little Less Conversation, DCist... (c'mon now folks)

Expected Yield: 2.0 points. (Current Expectations to Reality Level: 103% - I have overestimated DCU's performance to date.)

D's Location: At Game. Typical seats.

Last Word: Intimidating Logos



At 12 May, 2006 17:05, Blogger David Lifton said...

The 4-3-3 will probably be abandoned because the Wizards don't have three qualite forwards. After Arnaud and Sealy, you've got Will John and Ryan Pore.


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