Forward Andy Herron has given new hope to Chicago Fire fans.
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TCS: Nightmare on Victoria Street?

Chicago is going to make the playoffs, because the Revs aren't. And once the Fire gets in the postseason, with Herron now gunning up front and the East very winnable in general, I just have a very, very bad feeling.

Where did I go wrong?

I know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a guy ... so every week TCS is gonna put a little action on the action, if you know what I'm talkin' about. Each week in this space we'll track how last week went and what's on the books, so to speak, for the upcoming week.

LAST WEEK: These were my picks: Columbus against the Fire, Dallas against the Revs, Metro against D.C., Mile High Club against San Jose and L.A. against K.C. Guess how many of these hit? Yup, zero.


THIS WEEK: Maybe on his current media tour, Michael Phelps can stop by the TCS offices and teach me how to swim -- with cement shoes on -- because I'm gonna need it with the hole I'm in right now. Let's try to dig out with 100 each on a Metro-Crew draw, D.C. over the Revs, LA squeaking by my Burn and San Jose with a big win at home against K.C.


Saturday - CREW at METRO (7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports World and HDNet): Anyone notice Amado Guevara is still at the top of the Budweiser scoring chart despite having played only 23 matches?

Saturday - USA vs. EL SALVADOR (9 p.m. ET on pay-per-view): Yup. Pay-per-view. What a reminder of how spoiled we footie fans in The States have become. Oh, and by the way -- The Bruce can lower expectations all he wants by talking about what a tough place El Salvador is going to be to play (I'd do the exact same thing in his shoes, it's smart), but El Salvador stinks and the Yanks should leave with nothing less than the full three points.

Sunday - DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (9 p.m. ET on ABC): And you thought the FIFA Fair Play award was cheesy ... this show rules. Plus, the only person holding it together at an advanced age better than Jaime Moreno is Teri Hatcher.

FLICK-ONS:,p> You want entertainment? Sasha Victorine's spinning backheel last Saturday night was pretty darned entertaining if you ask me.

Apparently this new MLS-adidas deal really is all-encompassing: my sources tell me the apparel company will even be producing a bed linen line called The Clean Sheets. Nice.

In his match for Fulham on Monday, I'm not sure Brian McBride lost a single ball he challenged for in the air. Unfortunately, it was all wasted as his Fulham side was completely overmatched and outclassed by the club I am picking to win the UEFA Cup next season ... none other than Crystal Palace.

I'm off to do a Triple Lindy in memory of Rodney ...

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