The Seattle Sounders return to league play after two losses in the CCL, and this match is as important as any. The Fire are key competition for the few open playoff spots. With their lineup getting the recent boost of former Sounder Freddie Ljungberg they should be able to threaten.
What are the Keys to the Sounders getting 3 points?
1 - Get in Freddie's Head - We all know it isn't that hard to do. We've seen what can happen. I expect to see Zach Scott, James Riley and Nathan Sturgis be the primary men guarding the Swede. When Scott's on him we may even see that bulldog defense (also read as marginally legal) that we saw the Left Back use against Sebastien Le Toux. Since Ljungberg already isn't a two way player, it would be great to see him play only half his game.
2 - Feed Nkufo - Not to harp on it, but the big man needs to score. When he doesn't have the ball he's doing everything that is expected, except receiving the ball. Get him the ball at his feet and watch him put some shots on goal. It would also be nice to see him be able to get his head on a set-play as the Fire are particularly prone to giving up goals by that manner.
3 - No Defensive Lapses - The two goals that Monterrey scored were due to defensive errors, not getting out-played. Kasey Keller left his line but didn't come all the way out, and later the attempted offside trap went wrong. The Chicago Fire are not Monterrey. They aren't more talented than Seattle. Even with the slightly worse defensive line, they should not get more than a goal tonight.
Here are your rooting interests in the other MLS matches this evening and tomorrow;
Columbus Crew over FC Dallas
Real Salt Lake over Toronto FC
New York Red Bulls over San Jose Earthquakes
New England Revolution draw Philadelphia Union
Houston Dynaom over Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy over Kansas City Wizards
Chivas USA draw with DC United
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