And so all good things must come to an end. Last night, Houston bid farewell to Robertson Stadium much the same way it welcomed it. Orange flares burning, the Texian Army singing, and Brian Ching sprinting towards the corner flag after another emphatic goal. The lights are out, the doors are closed, and a few miles away our new palace awaits - bringing with it the potential for many successful years.
"But wait", you say, "this season isn't over yet. We have the Ex-Wizards up next in the Eastern Final". Thank you, shameless narrative device, for your well-timed concern. We have a mere two days until our beloved Dynamo invade LIVESTRONG stadium. And, as is very apparent to all of you, our last trip up to yellow wristband arena was one to forget. Rather than mention how we are in the middle of a legitimate soccer Renaissance, or how our favorite elven MVP candidate is shooting on all cylinders, I've compiled a set of predictions leading up to the Promised Land. Follow me through the jump for some much needed weekend distractions...
1) Kansas City, and specifically Teal "I swear I'm not a Canuck" Bunbury, will score the first goal. Now before you grab your handy-dandy pitchforks and storm my house, just hear me out. Zusi has been working his magic in the playoffs, assisting on both of KC's goals on Wednesday, and Bunbury is hitting his stride at the right time. And while you can be sure that Dom will have our men prepared for a lively (read: murderous) stadium experience, this will mean we start out tentative in order to weather any emotional goals at the start of the game - but ultimately concede a well-worked but exceptionally heart-crushing opener in the middle of the first half.
2) Kansas City will forget to listen to Taylor Twellman for one play, and the Men In Orange will be back in it. Yes, I realize that this game is being broadcast on FSC, so we wont hear Twellman bemoan every. single. free kick given up by our opponent. But, you can be sure he'll be thinking it, and his worries will be confirmed. Davis will swing one in, and Andrew "October isn't the only month for scoring" Hainault will oblige to nod this one in. 1-1.
3) I'll keep this one short and sweet. Have you noticed how annoying Calen Carr has been these past couple games to opposing D's? He nearly had a goal and an assist yesterday, and looks to continue his furious drive this postseason. Look for a cheeky ball from Camargo to cut the Ex-Wizards apart.
2-1, to the good guys. Dont believe me? Think I'm off my rocker? Maybe, but this postseason has that feeling about it. Maybe its those "Cha-Ching" posters flying again from 5 years back, or the P90X Brad has been crushing. Or, maybe the spirit of Robertson has a couple more tricks up her hash-marked sleeves. Regardless, its going to be a nail-biting, beer-filled 2 hours. Bring it on. #DreamScreamBelieve.