Two teams primed to make a move up in their respective conferences tangle on Saturday, July 5 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Wilmer Cabrera’s Chivas USA may only be 4-7-5 (17 points) but the Goats are starting to pick up wins on a constant basis and at this point in the season, they need all the wins they can get. As for Frank Klopas’s Montreal Impact, a 3-7-5 record (14 points) is good for the worst record in the league, and something needs to be done for the champions of Canada to hit their form.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE, TVA Sports and Time Warner Cable Deportes. Here’s 10 Bold Predictions for Saturday night’s game between Chivas USA and the Montreal Impact.
1. At least 40 fouls, under six cards
This won’t be the hackfest that was San Jose-Chivas, but it will still be a rough encounter at the Hub. The MLS Multiplex predicts at least 40 fouls whistled and under six cards issued.
2. Under five saves for Dan Kennedy
In a match between two of the worst teams in Major League Soccer, there just won’t be a lot of work needed to be done for either goalkeeper. Despite 42 saves to his record this season, the Plex will call for under five saves for Chivas netminder Dan Kennedy.
3. Under five saves for Troy Perkins
Kennedy’s counterpart, Troy Perkins, will also have a quiet, straightforward night at the Hub. The Plex is calling for under five saves from Perkins on Saturday against Chivas.
4. Erick Torres will score
It seems that in these predictions, Erick Torres always scores, so as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Count on “El Cubo” to bury another and make it a race between him and Bradley Wright-Phillips for the Golden Boot.
5. Jack McInerney with a brace
Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes were unable to solve the Chivas USA backline, but if there is one person that can, it’s forward Jack McInerney. With six goals to his credit, McInerney will record a brace against Chivas USA and be the X-Factor in this contest.
6. No goals or assists for Marco Di Vaio
There are four notable players that will not get on goal in this contest. Marco Di Vaio has two goals and two assists this season for the Montreal Impact and will continue his struggle with form with no goals or assists against Chivas USA.
7. No goals for Felipe, but an assist
On the other hand, while Felipe Martins will also draw blanks for Montreal, he will earn at least an assist in this match. Martins currently has just two assists this season, however, so it’s one of those “one step at a time scenarios” for the Brazilian.
8. No goals or assists for Mauro Rosales
Mauro Rosales’s poor form has continued for Chivas USA. Despite five assists to his credit, he hasn’t been the same Rosales that delivered at Seattle, and it will show with now goals or assists in this match against Montreal.
9. No goals or assists for Ryan Finley
Forward Ryan Finley got a rare start midweek against San Jose and it’s expected by the Plex that he will come off the bench. Regardless, this is a young gun that will need some seasoning, so don’t expect a goal or assist from Finley in this game.
10. A badly-needed win from Montreal
The Montreal Impact are desperate for form and will get it on Saturday against a team that seems to be making a little bit of unexpected noise. In reality this is a glorified pillow fight between two clubs in need of salvation. One of these teams will be steering itself in the right direction. That team…is Montreal.
Montreal Impact 2, Chivas USA 1