Coming out of two, equally disappointing losses, the Caps look to salvage their remaining dignity, and claim three home points. Facing Chivas USA in the past may have seemed like a easy task at the beginning of the season, the Los Angeles side has greatly improved and will surely test the Caps.
Some key players to watch for on the opposition side would be both Dan Kennedy and Erick Torres. Dan "How am I still stuck in this hellhole" Kennedy has been one of the best keepers over the past few seasons in Chivas. Although his goals against ratio may not be excellent, he does steal games with his cat-like (or should we say goat-like?) reflexes. Chivas's new front man, Mr. Erick Torres came in on loan about 2 months ago and has made a near instant impact, netting six goals in six games. He may not score the long range stunner, or cheeky chip, Torres is deadly when he gets space and a brief second of time. Think Mexican Wondo.
The bull know as Nigel Reo-Coker has unfortunately picked up another five yellow cards, and will have to watch this game from the stands. This strengthens my case for an overdue formation change. A 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 would supply the positions for the players we have. Playing in our usual 4-3-3 has left us with one too many midfielders needed, even with Nigel. In my suggestion, we could use Gershon Koffie and (Likely) Matt Watson.
In our past three meeting with Chivas, we win with a massive 8-3 aggregate win, giving us nearly three goals a game versus our opposition. If their's a time we want to get over our two game scoreless streak, it is certainly now. Expect Camilo, Kenny Miller and even Russel Teibert to drown the Chivas backline in attacking runs.
Predicted Starting Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Ousted, Harvey, O'Brien, Leveron, Lee, Watson, Koffie, Manneh, Miller, Teibert, Camilo
Predicted Score: 4-2 for the Caps
Torres (12), Koffie (16), Camilo (44), Avila (58), Manneh (83), Kobayashi (87)
The visitor's open up the scoring early on, when Jordan Harvey bring's down Carlos Alvarez in the box, and Erick Torres finished excellently from the spot. Gershon Koffie equalizes almost immediately, after Watson attempts to strike one from long range after a corner kick is cleared, but his attempt is deflected and falls to Gershon, who finished with a hard strike. The home side gets it's first lead of the game with a free-kick of brilliance, when Camilo once again curls one in from about 25 yards out. Eric Avila looks to salvage a point for the away side, when his far free kick doesn't get tipped, but falls all the way to the back post and in. The Gambian speedster himself bags a late one, once he receives a defence splitting ball from Kenny Miller, and Manneh cuts through the Chivas back line with his pace, and finishes. The unlikely goal scorer, Daigo Kobayashi is their to put in this second in
2,426 minutes a while. As Chivas throws men forward, Daigo is able to control the ball in his own half, and with a lethal chop, burst through and go one on one with Dan Kennedy. With some silky footwork, he rounds the keeper and puts scores on an open net.
Good Luck Caps!