This prediction took a turn after San Jose bamboozled KC 5-0. I was going to call it a draw, but now that they've left 5 goals in Kansas, they certainly don't have the firepower to do that again on Saturday. Meanwhile we have most of our stars very rested despite the victory in Panama for CONCAChamps, and we got Bill Hamid. I'll say it's 1-0 United, with the goal coming from the magic headband of Chris Rolfe.
Sure, the Quakes scored 5, but they scored 5 on a Sporks team on their fourth game in 11 nights, so I think between a midweek game and their road form this year up to that point, DC wins 2-0 thanks to goals from Saborío and Rolfe.
Remember recently when RSL seemed to have figured things out and righted the ship, only to revert to their lackluster form, even at home? I don't think the Quakes will even approach that high standard even following their big win in KC. Give me 3-1 United, a Wondo tally more than matched by goals from Sabo, Fabi & Boswell - three guys who - *totally coincidentally* - didn't fly to Central America this week.
Yeah, yeah, the Quakes scored five on SKC. Never mind that, though, because this one is going to be a win for the Black-and-Red. 2-0 with a goal in each half, one from Rolfe and the other from Espindola.
It says here that San Jose's demolition job in KC was a one-off. The Quakes are on short rest and will be traveling a long way to play this game. This is a good situation for United, and I think the Black-and-Red make it count. Chris Rolfe scores before halftime, and Davy Arnaud picks up a crucial second early in the second half. San Jose musters an attempted comeback, with Chris Wondolowski pulling one back, but United catches San Jose on the counter as they open up in a desperate attempt to equalize. Let's say Jairo Arrieta scores that third goal, and from there it's smooth sailing. 3-1 DCU.
D.C. United is a good team at home, and San Jose just had to play midweek. Bill Hamid is going to make Wondo think he's playing Belgium, and so D.C. United gets a 2-0 victory.