I was surprised as anyone when Garth Lagerwey pulled my Salt Lake Tribune cohort and I aside to tell us about Real Madrid yesterday. It’s obviously disappointing, but without Beckham wearing the Real Madrid jersey anymore there’s no way over 40,000 people would’ve flocked to Rice-Eccles Stadium again.
Lagerwey did mention (off the record unfortunately) a few of the teams RSL was pursuing to replace Real Madrid, and let me just say a couple of them would be pretty big draws.
Salt Lake is hoping to have at least one of those games finalized soon, so stay tuned.
It’s a slow weekend on the MLS front here in Utah, but here’s my stab at this week’s games across the country:
Columbus (1) at Toronto (2) — The Crew will be without Adam Moffat, a big loss Toronto’s midfield should be able to exploit and gain ground on the top of the Eastern Conference.
Kansas City (0) at New York (3) — Five of Juan Pablo Angel’s 19 goals came against Kansas City last year. Expect more of the same in the first meeting between these teams in 2008.
San Jose (0) at New England (2) — These are the games San Jose has no chance at winning. You’ve got to have some semblance of an attack to win on the road.
Houston (1) at Chicago (2) — The Fire should vault into first place in the East with a win this weekend.
D.C. United (2) at Chivas USA (3) — Carey Talley may make his debut today for the defense challenged Goats. Expect a lot of goals either way.
MLS Sunday Predictions
L.A. Galaxy (1) at FC Dallas (3) — After losing on the turf at Rice-Eccles Stadium last year, I expect FC Dallas to come out fired up at home and should corral the three points as a result.
Record to date: Correct 18, Incorrect 26.
Note: I’m counting draws in my record, therefore picking 33 percent of the games correct would be considered average.