Independence Day has become a soccer holiday over the years for yours truly. I vaguely remember one of the 1990 World Cup semis being on the 4th, but the first one I truly remember was USA-Brazil in the 1994 World Cup. After that, it always seemed like there was something soccer-related going on. I've been to Ruckus games, watched MLS action, World Cup games, etc. Tomorrow will be filled with some MLS action in the afternoon, followed by the Silverbacks-Battery match-up in the evening.
Enough about me, on to what you came here for...
Kansas City-DC, 1:00 ET (DK)
Greg Vanney will be making his DC debut here, and it's good timing with Boswell away at Copa America and Namoff suffering from injury. DC has lost only once since the end of April, while KC hasn't won in their last four games. Well, we know who's in good form, eh? At least KC was finally in the lead on Sunday, the first time that had happened in 8 games. They can't wait for EJ to return from Venezuela...
Kansas City 1, DC 2
Dallas-Chivas USA, 6:30 (HDNet)
Dallas and Chivas are both riding hot streaks into this Western Conference battle. You had to think Dallas would struggle when Kenny Cooper went down, but they've been rolling along nicely. Chivas has also overcome the absence of Bornstein (and now Kljestan and Guzan) with the national team. I think they could be biting off a little more than they can chew here though. I'll take the Colombian Tommy Lee for the win...
Dallas 2, Chivas 1
Colorado-Columbus, 9:30 (DK)
The Rapids are well known for their Independence Day parties, big crowds are used to seeing Rapids victories. This is the first party at the Big Dick, and it's a sellout. Colorado has won 10 of 11 of their 4th of July parties. However, the only loss was to the Crew in '99. Oddly enough, that was the only game the Crew has ever won in Colorado.
Can the Village People continue their good form? They've won their last three, while the Rapids haven't won in six. I think the bumblebees will shock the home crowd tomorrow night. I have a feeling that if that happens, it could be the end for Mr. Clavijo.
Colorado 0, Columbus 1
Salt Lake-Toronto, 10:00 (DK)
RSL has won one once all season, but Toronto is dreadful on the road. It could be the least thrilling game of the week. They have a hard act to follow in the Chicago-Colorado match from Sunday. That was one of the worst games I've seen in years. Anyway, back to the game at hand. With the players RSL will be missing, I'd have to give Toronto the edge. Unfortunately, they suck away from Canada.
Salt Lake 0, Toronto 0
Los Angeles-Chicago, 10:30 (DK)
It's another battle of suck in LA as the Fire visit the Galaxy. With Landon returning to the Gals, I'd like to think that would be enough to put them over the bland Fire. Both of these teams are kind of in a holding pattern, waiting on their big money signings.
LA 1, Chicago 0