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Seattle Sounders v Chicago Fire - Gamethread

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The best expansion team in the history of the league on the pitch, and the best off the pitch. The Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders will always be linked through that. Well, that and the fact that Portland fans came up in support of Chicago in 2009.

Weather for this Saturday day game seems good for the time of year, and it should be a great time for Seattle to put up goals and declare the early season string of unluck done and gone. With construction and a Mariners game traffic will be heavy. Arrive early, and either leave early or stay for the Seattle double.

Today's game is on KING 5/105for TV, and 97.3 FM for radio at 1PM

Build-up to Match Day: Three Questions | Reference Card | Scouting Report | No Montero, Go Rosales

Opposing Looks (Hot Time in Old Town): Three Questions | Win For Boeing (I no longer like Tweed)

Statistics

 

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
Fire Chaves (2) Three (1) Johnson (40.0%) Johnson (1.50)
Sounders Three (1) Three (1) Keller (64.3%) Keller (1.25)
Advanced PP90  Shot +/- Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
Fire Chaves (2.18) Nyarko (9.78) -2.00 6.50
Sounders Evans (1.12) Zakuani (5.07) 4.75 4.75

 

Keys to Game

 

 

  • Keep Shooting - This will turn around, but only by taking the shots when they are there
  • Strong Secondary Runs - With Seattle continuing to pressure opposing keepers they will need those runners and poachers to put even more on them.
  • Force Uncomfortable Spaces- Chicago has shifted bewtween a 3-5-2, 4-4-2 and 3-4-3 Seattle needs to force players into places where they don't like to be
  • Control the Defensive Triangle - with Fire attacks coming from different angles, Seattle must make wise choices in coverage between Alonso and the two centerbacks.

 

 

Matchups

  • Marco Pappa v Erik Friberg
  • Steve Zakuani v Jalil Anibaba
  • Mauro Rosales v Cory Gibbs

 

This is your gamethread

Beer: Aaron's choice
Scarf: Nos Audietis
Kit: Rave Green '09
Where I'm Watching: Sec 214 Row B,C

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

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