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On Wednesday's game two of the three teams that take the Open Cup seriously face off in League play. The weeknight game sees Kasey Keller in what is one of his favorite stadiums to win in, the reuniting of high school partners Mike Fuicto and Charlie Davies and Seattle's best road win ever. Will Sigi Schmid and the Seattle Sounders go with the diamond 4-4-2 or return to the Arrow? Will Davies score from the spot? Will Andy Najar play?

A win moves the Sounders to 2nd in the West by any measure, while a loss puts them outside of the Playoffs by PPM.

Today's game is on KONG 6/16 and 97.3 FM for radio at 4:30 PM

Build-up to Match Day: 3 in 8 days | Three Questions | Scouting Report | Match Card with Lineup Projection

Opposing Looks (Black and Red United): A new backline? | Scouting Report 

Statistics

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
United Davies (5) Five (1) Onstad (50%) Hamid (2.25)
Sounders Evans (3) Rosales (3) Keller (73%) Keller (0.88)
Advanced PP90  Shot +/- Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
United Davies (2.5) Burch (-0.98) -0.86 -0.57
Sounders Evans (1.21) Montero (6.15) 4.13 2.13
Opta Duels Won % Passing % Opp Pass % Possession
United 50.3 78.6 74.7 53.6
Sounders 51.6 72.3 74.6 48.8

 

Tactical Keys, Matchups, Lineups after the break 

Keys to Game

  • Don't Allow the PK (this seems obvious, but it is a key offensive component for DC)
  • Use Square Balls in Attacking Third
  • Force Forward on Wings to Pin Opposing Wide Mids Back

Matchups

  • Nate Jaqua v Perry Kitchen
  • James Riley v Chris Pontius
  • Alvaro Fernandez v the Right Back

This is your gamethread

Beer: Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Scarf: Nos Audietis (~20 left contact Jeremiah)
Kit: One Nation Under Sigi
Where I'm Watching: At Home, but many Eastsiders are at Field of Champions in Issaquah

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

Lineups

Seattle

 

Jaqua
Montero
Friberg
Fernandez Evans
Wahl Alonso Riley
Hurtado Ianni
Keller

DC United

Davies Wolff
Pontius Najar
Simms McCarthy
Woolard Kitchen
Jakovic White
Hamid