Some matches Seattle goes in as overwhelming favorites (Most Open Cup, CCL Group stage, Reserve League). During the regular season at worst they are evenly matched with their MLS competitors. A couple times a year Sounders FC are dramatic underdogs. Even then, Sigi Schmid rarely plays cynically. Tonight against UANL Tigres in CONCACAF Champions League action expect a cynical lineup that emphasizes the bunker & counter with one forward with speed to chase and the other with a magical foot.
Even without Villa UANL Tigres has depth in the attack. Luis Garcia Fernandez is usually only a sub, but he has a pedigree that can challenge the top 2% in MLS. He is likely to play tonight. Lucas Lobos is a classic Argentine #10. Their LDM and LB are an American National and a Mexican national. Maybe one sits. That doesn't improve the situation.
This is exactly the match for Seattle to play anti-football. Scoring a single road goal makes a large difference in how this two-leg series could swing. Giving up no goals could rewrite history. MLS sides do not beat Liga MX teams in two-leg knockout rounds. There will be a first time. A little magic, a little badger and a WWI trench dug around the goal may be enough.
TV: FoxSoccer at 7 PM
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