Sounders v D.C. United - Gamethread

Olsen is trying to reinvent United after winning last year's Open Cup but only three MLS games. - Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The winner of today's 2 PM match (streamed on the Battery YouTube) wins the 2014 Carolina Challenge Cup. Last year the Fire ended United's attempt to get four straight.

It is the final match of preseason. This is the opportunity for Sigi Schmid to finely tune his Seattle Sounders FC. The starting XI today will be quite close to the one that takes the pitch against Sporting KC on March 8th. This is not a game about winning spots. This is a game about run and spatial awareness, how to deliver the best ball to the various first teamers.

In the game they are going against a club with a savvy veteran defense, but one with only a preseason together. The roster churn for D.C. United was the 2nd highest in MLS. Jeff Parke and Eddie Johnson will be facing Seattle for the first time in Black and Red.

Sounders FC though will focus on the things that they need to do. Sigi is big on self-defining rather than reacting. While Route A is still over in England, B & C routes to goal are here today.

Time: 2 PM Pacific
TV:
Battery YouTube
Radio: No Radio

Things to Watch

  • Frei's work at keeper
  • Anibaba/Marshall partnership
  • EJ versus his old team
  • Pappa & Yedlin's service

How We're Watching
Scarf: 2014 season tickets
Kit: long sleeve market shirt
Where I'm Watching: Home

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