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Seattle Sounders v New York Red Bulls - Gamethread

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New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe will have a diminished side due to the Gold Cup, injury and suspension with key losses being Rafael Marquez, Tim Ream, Juan Agudelo, Luke Rodgers and Thierry Henry. While this looks like a significantly weakened team, it is the defense that has lost the most. Red Bull has still put up goals (6 in their last 3), but the defense has given up 5. Everything about this game says that Seattle should win, which is a bad set-up for Seattle.

The Sounders should be able to use the now pourous RBNY defense as a spark for the Rave Green's struggles offensively, but with the loss of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado we will see the continuing rotation of centerbacks. The midfield should have a change or two with Brad Evans pulled from the last game with an injury, and Lamar Neagle struggling. Sigi Schmid will again have a new lineup, but with the small/small pairing up top staying stable (please) can we see some forward goals?

The game is on ESPN2 and KIRO 97.3 FM at 7:00 PM

Match Day Prep: Free Fredy | Lineup Card | Three Questions | Scouting Report | Full Stadium? | SBN-SEA Preview
Opposing Looks at Once a Metro

Tactical Keys

  • Capture Open Space
  • Throughballs!
  • Stop the Counter
  • Risk Averse Defense

Player Matchups

  • Osvaldo Alonso v Dwayne De Rosario
  • Fredy Montero v Stephen Keel
  • Alvaro Fernandez v Jan Gunnar Solli

Statistics

 

Beer: Elysian Akhnaten
Scarf: Nos Audietis (~10 left contact Jeremiah)
Kit: Shale Trainer '09 (Seriously, gameday weather must improve)
Where I'm Watching: Sec: 214 Row B&C Seats 1,2

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

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
Red Bull Henry (8) DeRo (5) Coundoul (75%) Coundoul (0.86)
Sounders Evans (4) Montero (4) Keller (76%) Keller (0.88)
Advanced PP90  Shot +/- Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
Red Bull Henry (1.69) Richards (4.32) 1.87 0.60
Sounders Evans (0.81) Friberg (2.80) 2.24 0.53