Playing for pride isn't a common thing for the Seattle Sounders, at least not because they have been so damn good that the result bears little meaning. Lose and nothing really changes. With a draw the Sounders win the group. With a win they may just knock out the reigning champs. This game has a chance to get a little negative, because Monterrey's scenario is really simple, if they get a point they advance. If they win they win the group. With their recent form in league play they don't need to push themselves tonight.
Except for pride.
The Rayados may just want a bit of revenge from that loss to a reserve laden American side back in August. There may just be a little drive for them to show that they are champions in the region and push back at this "MLS is gaining ground" story. From Seattle's end there are players that will be tested tonight who can work their way into more 18s, more starting XIs. Sammy Ochoa can show that he is fit and ready, forcing a little three headed monster at the forward positions. It is a game that could wind up negative, except that for pride. Expect some goals, these are two proud teams.
The game is on FoxSoccer (national), CONCACAFtv.com and 97.3FM with Arlo White on the call at 7:00 PM
Pre Match Build-up: Three Questions
- Hold possession in attack to diminish counter
- Pass backwards with authority
- Give Montero magical spaces
- Defend as a unit
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