Sometimes people pass things on that I have missed. In this case it isn't a minor detail, but a rather disturbing statement from the KC interim coach Peter Vermes. Thanks Leo.
"The thing that is hard for me to swallow is when we lose the game based on fitness," Vermes said. "And you can just see that we’re just not fit enough to carry the game for 90 minutes."
"To see that our team is like that at this point of the season is a little bit disappointing. I think the guys realize that, too; they’re dying out at the end of the game."
Vermes has been associated with the coaching staff of the club for three years, and so some of the blame must reside on him, but if their organization is similar to Seattle's his previous role was to be a scout. He has to find fitter talent, and honestly a team of professionals must be able to play 90 minutes.
Does this mean that the Sounders bring on speed late? Maybe start Levesque and Jaqua rather than Zakuani and Le Toux, and then in the second half bring on Zakuani, Le Toux and Nyassi in order to take advantage of a team that has admitted that they have fatigue issues?
Personally, I'm of the opinion that teams should play their own game, their own style. During the match the Sounders could make adjustments to what they see. But Sigi needs to force the Sounders style and identity on the match, and not over think.
Seattle is a better team, there is no need for a gimmick to win this one