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MLS First Kick 2011: Seattle Sounders v LA Galaxy - Gamethread

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Opening day of the 2011 MLS season is finally upon us. ESPN will be showing the Los Angeles Galaxy come visit the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field. The journey for MLS Cup, US Open Cup, Supporters Shield and CCL glory starts today, at 6:30 PM on ESPN.

While the biggest news of the day is a report that Blaise Nkufo and the team are parting ways, there is also this little thing about the team needing a win to start their season.

Build-up to Match Day: Where to PreGame | Battle of Keepers | 3 Questions | Who Plays Left Wing? | Scouting Report | It Begins | Nkfuo out | Nkufo and Sounders Part Ways (SBN Seattle)

SBN Preview of Seattle | Preview of Los Angeles Galaxy | Juan Pablo Angel profile

Keys to Game

  • Break up the counter
  • No set-play defensive errors
  • Strong secondary runs
  • Attack early and rally crowd

Matchups

  • Fredy Montero v Leonard and A.J. De La Garza
  • Landon Donovan v the entire Sounders defense
  • Erik Friberg v Chris Birchall

This is your gamethread

Beer: Bridgeport Highlander Ambush
Scarf: Nos Audietis (to buy one Email Jeremiah)
Kit: Shale Trainer '09
Where I'm Watching: Section 214

Nos Audietis In Somniis | Nos Audietis In Altum
You Will Hear Us In Your Sleep | You Will Hear Us From The Deeps