It's Getting Hot in Here

RSL striker Kenny Deuchar is about to get his first taste of American heat tonight. I arrived in Dallas a few hours ago for tonight’s Real Salt Lake match and it’s hot and humid. It’s the type of weather that could cause a few players to cramp up tonight, especially those from Scotland who’ve never been exposed to the sweltering heat of Texas.

This weather reminds of a conversation I had with coach Jason Kreis about a month back. We were talking about the depth of his team and how it would come into play as the season wore on, and he alluded to the fact that players like Deuchar and Ian Joy were in for a real eye-opener playing in June, July and August in some MLS cities.

Playing in Dallas tonight, excuse me, Frisco is just such an occasion.

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:

Saturday Predictions

Real Salt Lake (0) at FC Dallas (2) — RSL has never walked away from Dallas victorious, and I expect a very motivated FC Dallas squad tonight after coach Steve Morrow was fired earlier this week.
New England (2) at Columbus (1) — New England is starting to get healthy, and if the defense holds up they should be able to steal a victory from the team with the best record in MLS.
Toronto (1) at D.C. United (2) — I just refuse to believe that D.C. United is capable of losing to Toronto twice in one week. The 2008 season has been bizarre, but not that crazy.
Chivas USA (0) at Colorado (2) — The Western Conference leading Rapids should increase its lead at the top this weekend with a win over the surprising bad Goats, who were lucky to beat D.C. United last weekend.
Kansas City (2) at L.A. Galaxy (4) — There have been at least two combined goals scored in every Galaxy match this year, and in six of those eight matches the teams combined to tally at least four goals. That trend will continue tonight, with the Galaxy prevailing.

MLS Sunday Predictions

Chicago (1) at New York (1) — The Fire are three points behind the Crew for first place in the East, and they should be able to earn at least a point against New York team that’s only won two of its four home matches.

Record to date: Correct 20, Incorrect 29.
Note: Draws in overall record, therefore picking 33 percent of the games correct would be considered average.

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