What an intriguing matchup. Both teams have the same 2-1-3 record and both have struggled to find form.

Though Chivas USA have seemed to right the ship in the past few matches, I still believe there is a lingering problem.  Whether that problem is as simple as needing a goal scorer or as complex as a communication problem on the field remains to be seen.

The Goats problems up front have been addressed in the last few weeks by have a group of players rotating in the striker position and they all have scored, but Justin Braun, Chukwudi Chijindu, and Maicon Santos will find the New England defense as tough as the one they encountered in Chicago.

New England thrashed DC and Toronto but then dropped matches to Colorado and San Jose then, last week came out with a with a draw against Dallas. What is the reason for the up and down of Steve Nichol’s boys? Perhaps it is the constantly switching lineups due to injuries and other concerns.

Edgaras Jankauskas, Emmanuel Osei and Michael Videira are all either out or just coming back from the injured list and Shalrie Joseph is out on leave of absence. What makes the problem worse is that Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky are also ruled out of Wednesday nights match with suspensions.

Nichol has a thin side, and a tight schedule, how will he deal?

“We have no choice,” Nicol told MLSsoccer on Thursday. “We’ve got to be creative. We’ll just sort ourselves out.”

New England is missing a big chunk of its midfield so look for Martin Vasquez to exploit that by implementing a 5 man midfie. A move that could decide this match and give Chivas USA another result in what would be a surprisingly successful road trip if they could manage 3 points.

To Nichol’s credit, he has a roster stacked with flexible players who can play multiple positions, if his boys gel quickly and break out early this match may be the 2-2 draw it deserves to be.


NEW ENGLAND: Pick to Click? I can’t even figure out who’ll be dressing for this one.

CHIVAS: Mariano Trujillo, this guy is due for something.

FANTASY X FACTOR: Khano Smith. If the Revs ever needed someone to step up big, now is the time and Smith just might be the guy and he’ll be looking for his first start since returning to the New England.

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  1. Kaffieen Says:

    Khano Smith? Really? I don’t deny that he is a big player size wise, but I haven’t really ever seen him “dominate” from any position, and if I’m not mistaken a couple of years ago he had what the pundits were calling “worst free kick ever”. Add to this the fact that this might be his first start since coming back to the revs and I think we’ll see the more of the same Khano that we have always seen.

    I’ll take the Goats in this matchup. Sasha is really trying to work his way into Bradley’s camp, the midfield looked strong vs Chicago last weekend (though Chi midfield was abysmal), and the team might finally be gel-ing together…

    just my .02


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