Saturday, April 14, 2012

The joys of over thinking things


This is actually going to be the first game of the season I miss though... in-laws just bought a house so we're gonna go out to a fancypants dinner to celebrate. Hopefully someplace with a couple of TVs...

At any rate, I've posted this thought before in several places, but I'll consolidate it for a game day post.

I think this is a very winnable game for SKC. I feel like RSL is going to need to be the team that really evaluates a game plan and changes things up. Their pretty passing game may well get disrupted by KCs high pressure. That said, on the flip side, I think RSL will be able to exploit KCs backs getting forward in the attack (as I noted earlier in the week, Sinovic and Myers both play further up the field as defencive backs than Julio Cesar does as a midfielder...) better than other teams have been able to. LA almost (and arguably should have) scored twice as a result of that, and RSL is much, much better than SKC. Going down a goal early will really hurt out chances, so communication between cesar, Besler, Collin and Nielsen will be really important.

I also think we're going to see ejections this game. Nothing's really been said of it, but I wouldn't be surprised if both teams still feel some bad blood from last season (long story involving pre-season and Espinzoa). An early red card may ruin this one for some one. But the Espinoza-Beckerman duel is going to be a thing to behold I think. There's going to be lots of great individual match-ups, actually.

Anyway, I'm going to go ahead and call it 2-1 to SKC. People on BigSoccer seem to not know what to make of it, but almost everyone looked to give Kansas City a slight edge.

Let's see what others are saing.

Real Salt Lake brings toughest test to KC in young season

Real Salt Lake ready for showdown with Sporting Kansas City

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