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Joao Plata provides some excitement for Toronto fans.
Joao Plata provides some excitement for Toronto fans.

Aaron Winter has struggled to get Toronto FC to play the style of game that he wants. He has changed what they are tactically to a 4-2-1-3 with Alan Gordon at the Target. Whereas the season started with DeRo being the expected offensive guide the Reds now get their dynamic play from Maicon Santos and Joao Plata. The emergence of Plata has given the Eastern Canadian faithful some hope, and as a quick, creative on ball force he should challenge James Riley at times.

The Seattle Sounders will take a traditional diamond into BMO field which could pull the wingers of Winter back into defense. Sigi Schmid needs to see his forwards not play well, but dominate. Forward scoring isn't essential, as long as they continue to create opportunities and the team gets offensive support from the attacking midfielders. Whichever forward pairing starts (we expect Mike Fucito and Fredy Montero) the leash could be short. Considering that Toronto has four losses by two or more goals this could be a game that provides spark to the Rave Green, in their Shales.

The game is on KONG 6/16/106 and KIRO 97.3 FM at 4:00 PM

Match Day Prep: Lineup Card | Three Questions | Scouting Report | SBN-Seattle Preview | Start Fucito!

Opposing Looks at Waking the Red

Tactical Keys

  • Unlock forward scoring
  • Use the unexpected pass
  • Stop the Counter
  • Communicate on defense when wingers dive centrally

Player Matchups

  • Alan Gordon v Jeff Parke
  • Joao Plata v James Riley
  • Montero/Fucito v Stefan Frei

Statistics

 

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
Reds Santos (5) Borman (3) Conway (71%) Frei (1.56)
Sounders Evans (4) Montero (4) Keller (75%) Keller (0.94)
Advanced PP90  Shot +/- Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
Reds Oduro (1.49) Eckersley (-0.98) -2.94 -1.13
Sounders Evans (0.88) Montero (3.33) 2.88 0.50
Opta Duels Won % Passing % Opp Pass % Possession
Reds 50.0 73.6 75.9 47.5
Sounders 51.4 72.1 72.4 51.7

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