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Gamethread: Game 2, Sounders vs. Red Bull

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Seattle Sounders FC host Red Bull New York in Match Two of 2010
Seattle Sounders FC host Red Bull New York in Match Two of 2010

Both teams come into tonight's game unbeaten after solid performances in Week 1. The Sounders took care of the expansion-side Philadelphia Union, 2-0, while the Red Bulls beat the Chicago Fire, 1-0.

In some ways, the sides are mirror images, with the Sounders returning the bulk of their playoff team of a year ago and the Red Bulls undergoing an almost complete overhaul after missing the playoffs in '09.

Both teams' most recognizable players, Freddie Ljungberg and Juan Pablo-Angel, were question marks heading into the game but it appears as if both will start.

All indications are that the Red Bulls will be playing it close to the vest, and would be perfectly happy to come out of Qwest Field with a tie. The Sounders harbor no such illusions, after a seemingly endless string of scoreless ties a year ago, they will be looking to score as often as possible.

Like last week, weather could play a significant role. It has been raining on and off all day and it hasn't been this cold since January.

I'm currently at the George & Dragon in Fremont, if you want to stop by. Sounder at Heart is hosting the pregame party at Elysian Fields.