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Kansas City vs. Houston Preview | MLS Free Pick (May. 1)

MLS Soccer Predictions – SATURDAY, SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2010 – Kansas City Wizards (2-1-1) VS Houston Dynamo (2-2-1)

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Onto the week’s MLS preview and prediction for the week.

FOX Soccer Channel – MLS Betting Odds – Kansas City Wizards vs. Houston Dynamo:

Houston Dynamo -125
Kansas City Wizards +315
Draw: +240

Its East versus West as the Houston Dynamo hosts the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The teams last met on Oct 4, 2009 with the sides drawing 1-1. The Dynamo lead the all-time series 5-1-3, 4-1-3 in MLS regular season play.

The Dynamo, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference, will look to rebound from last weekends 2-0 defeat to Chicago that ended badly for them. After Danny Cruz was sent off for collecting two yellow cards in a five minute span, the news got worse on Monday afternoon when the club announced that forward/mid Geoff Cameron will miss the rest of the season after suffering a PCL tear.

It’s a hugely disappointing loss for the Dynamo as the offense is already struggling after losing forward Brian Ching. The lack of a forward that can play the ball up front hurt the team on Saturday as the Dynamo struggled to creative opportunities.

It was already going to be a tough season for the Dynamo and with the injuries starting to pile up, things may get worse before they get better. Now they will focus on the task at hand, beating a very hot Wizards side.

Kansas City will hope a road victory against a veteran Houston squad will help position them one of the teams to beat in MLS. The Wizards are tied for second place in Eastern Conference and a win could shoot them to the top. The side is in excellent form and has conceded just a single goal in five matches.

Jimmy Conrad, who along keeper Jimmy Nielsen –who has four clean sheets — held the unbeaten Los Angles Galaxy scoreless in their last match, leads the backline. As good as the defense is, it can’t help take the away the fact that the Wizards attack has been nothing short of anemic.

The side has been shut out in two straight matches and has only scored one goal since their opener.

Both sides will be playing shorthanded, as both clubs have suffered key injuries and recent suspensions of late.

Although the Dynamo is the favorites, KC’s tough, physical style is similar to Chicago and could likely cause them to stumble as they did against the Fire. But despite the Wizard’s stingy defense, playing at Houston is never easy.

(Not to mention the distraction of the Dynamo Girls….) I expect the sides to battle to a 1-1 draw.

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Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. “ Football (soccer) is a game in which a handful of fit men run around for one and a half hours watched by millions of people who could really use the exercise.”


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