Thursday, August 21, 2008

Better chance of playing - Cuau or LD?

They both played Wednesday, both a manageable distance away and both will be at Home Depot Center tonight.

But who stands a better chance of playing - Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco or the Galaxy's Landon Donovan?

We know David Beckham won't be there. He's off in China for the Olympics closing ceremony.

Blanco played the final 20 minutes for Mexico. Donovan played the entire game in Guatemala.

The Galaxy need Donovan more than the Fire needs Blanco, considering who else will and won't play (Brian McBride debuted on the weekend for Chicago). Eddie Lewis took a nasty knock on Wednesday as well and he may not play because of it.

But does that mean new coach Bruce Arena will be desperate and throw Donovan into the fray from the start? Or will he save him as a second-half substitute? Or does he not even dress?

Conversely, does Blanco not start because of his game action and travel to LA? Does Chicago not risk Blanco? Does he start? Play the final 45 minute? Not play at all?

If I'm a betting man, I take Blanco to start and come out during the second half if Chicago has the lead and I take Landon to play the final 20-30 minutes in Bruce Arena's debut. But I've been wrong before. Like for instance this morning I made some coffee and I thought it was going to taste like crap but it came out pretty good. So that's one strike against me already...


Rudy said...

Donovan played last night? Could have fooled me.

Anonymous said...

Whats a Mexico?

el rey said...

If Blanco's old ass can play tonight after playing last night why can't Gonzalo and pappa make it in time to beat the gals?

Steve said...

If Thorrington is healthy, the Fire still have Mapp, Thor, Rolfe, and Pause in the midfield. That, coupled with McHead and Nyarko/Herron/Frankowski up front is enough to guarantee a win against a Galaxy team w/o Beckman and/or Donovan.

Missing Segares is bad, but the Fire's defense is deeper than both teams in L.A. put together at this point in the season. Conde at left back and CJ Brown in the middle, anyone?

I say 'Temo in at the half or the 60th minute to rest his tired legs.

Beax Speax said...
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OSweet said...

Doubt Blanco will even be there, since the Fire are flying down to Mexico to play a friendly Sunday (8/24) against Veracruz.

Anonymous said...

congratulations on the good cup of coffee. was it a french roast?