With the 3 hottest strikers in Major League soccer, this is going to be one of the most exciting matches of the week. While the striking partnership of Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry plowed through Columbus and Montreal, will they be able to do the same against San Jose? However, some wonder if the credit should go to NY or a lack of strong opponents.
At the same time, the Earthquakes have only allowed 2 goals in this season. Unlike New York, San Jose’s defense is just as strong as its offense. With Chris Wondolowski leading the attack and defenders like Justin Morrow anchoring the back line, San Jose could silence Red Bull Arena.
Will San Jose be able to exploit New York’s defense, or are the Red Bulls just too strong at home?
Is this an early preview to the MLS Cup? Well, many analysts are saying just that. Sporting KC will take on Real Salt Lake in Kansas City this week, and with both teams sitting on top of their own divisions, this could prove to be more than an average game.
Looking toward the match, Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis said, “We’ve got a lot of reasons why we should go there and be extremely motivated, because it’s a fantastic team and it should be a fantastic test for us.” While neither team is admitting this game to be a Cup preview, you would be hard-pressed to find an MLS fan who didn’t think so.
Can Kansas City keep up this fast attacking style, or will RSL wear them down and pick out their goals?
Bad news for Chicago fans: veteran defender, Cory Gibbs, will be out 4-6 months after undergoing knee surgery. Gibbs was named the Fire’s 2011 Defender of the Year and his absence will definitely be leaving a hole in Chicago’s back line.
In his place, German international, Arne Friedrich, will make his Fire debut against the Houston Dynamo this Sunday. Friedrich has signed a 1 year contract with the Fire. Along with crunching tackles and the occasional goal, Gibbs has provided strong leadership in the Fire’s defense. However, Friedrich’s more than impressive resume implies he is up to the task. He has played in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top league, and has 82 caps to his name with the German National Team
Can Arne Friedrich’s resume translate into a successful MLS career?