Official Lineups for Seattle @ Philly
Jeremiah just updated the Match Card
The lack of midfielders with defensive ability might have something to do with the Union's poor defense.
Today the Sounders return to action. They come back from the World Cup break against the team that they entered the season defeating. Union fans will get to see their new palace to the sport open, though the host city of the match is in a state of emergency due to a recent crime wave.
The players, the League and its fans will be safe. The Union have struggled in their inaugural season, but will be able to have a strong middle third based on the number of home games that Nowak's side will get to enjoy.
Below the break we'll get Keys to the Game and the Game Thread action.
Challenge Chris Seitz Often - The Union keeper is struggling and it doesn't look to get better for him. His save rate is quite low, and the Union give up 2 goals a game with him in net. For a Seattle side that hasn't been scoring enough so far this season this is one of those matches where they can ignite the flames of the offense.
Today they don't need to be tricky or cute. Place the shots well and the goals will come.
Don't Over Focus on Seba Le Toux - Sounders teammates and fans know what Le Toux is capable of, but we also know that he can struggle at times, sometimes for a long period of time. Yes, he's having a much better year, but he is not a player that needs to be man marked in order to be stopped. He is going to be faster than the two CBs for Seattle, but if they can keep him from slipping by he will likely struggle.
He still isn't a good passer or one-on-one dribbler. If Le Toux is in traffic we should not expect him to do well, and the Sounders should be able to push out on the rapid counter as they do best.
Avoid Confrontations - Nowak's side is prone to getting carded due to their overtly physical nature. Sigi's side must not react to the physical play and get Cautions for retaliating. Let the referees manage things, and just have the best non-fouled player take the multitude of Free Kicks that Seattle will win.
Ideally that would be Fredy Montero on a Free within 30 yards and a decent angle. Freddie Ljungberg should take the rest, although if from a significant distance having Nathan Sturgis take a few and serve it up to the attacking players would be a decent tactic.
Arlo White is back, though only on radio tonight.
ESPN2 has the TV
Jaqua is back and healthy enough to get some playing time
Parke and Seamon will be on the roster facing the team closest to their homes
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