I am not a superstition person by any means and to me Friday the 13th is just another Friday. Many people do view Friday the 13th as a very unlucky day. When it comes to this Friday there will be one team and one set of supporters who will be taking a long look at how unlucky Friday the 13th really is. Anything but a win by the Sounders will be a huge disappoint and would certainly be considered unlucky. I hope I am not one of the people sitting there eating breakfast Saturday rethinking my superstition believes.
Everything points to the Sounders putting three more points in the bag and heading to the top of the table. The Sounders have been on a great run as of late including winning the last two with makeshift lineups. We all know how impressive the Sounders record is in front of big crowds, big crowds equal big wins. Couple the Sounders home record with the return of national team players and you have the perfect recipe for success. But don’t forget the game is against RSL.
RSL is not lacking motivation or statistical advantages either. Playing against the Sounders on a big stage is nothing new for RSL and in the past the series couldn’t be closer. RSL has beaten the Sounders twice this year but both were at Rio Tinto. RSL will also be getting their national team players back for this important clash. I still suspect RSL will be coming into Seattle with one eye on a draw.
The Sounders v RSL games are always intense affairs with full blooded tackles and flared tempers. I expect the intensity to be amplified to a new level by the atmosphere and possibly turn out looking like the soccer version of the Friday the 13th movies. I am not suggesting players will be out get each other but I would not be surprised to see at least one gauze head band and a shoving match or two or ten. How bad the game gets really depends on the how the referee controls the game early. This game is going to be fun to watch!
You could say Friday the 13th is already an unlucky day for both teams considering the short turnaround for their national team players. I am sure both managers would love to have an extra day or two of rest for their star players after a Tuesday international game. I am predicting when all is said and done RSL will have more reason to complain than the Sounders. Here is to hoping all the bad luck stays with RSL and only good luck is left for the Sounders. Only four days and a few hours until the Sounders turn Friday the 13th into First Place Friday!