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BRIDGEVIEW, IL - MAY 28: Fans of the Chicago Fire hold a sign during an MLS match against the San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Park on May 28, 2011 in Bridgeview, Illinois (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
BRIDGEVIEW, IL - MAY 28: Fans of the Chicago Fire hold a sign during an MLS match against the San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Park on May 28, 2011 in Bridgeview, Illinois (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Saturday's game sees Frank Klopas coach the Chicago Fire for his inaugural match in charge of game day decisions. He does this while facing one of MLS most experienced coaches in Sigi Schmid and a former National Team teammate in Kasey Keller, while the Seattle Sounders continue to be one of the better road teams in Major League Soccer. Klopas faces both the long term issue of poor defense and short term issues with a struggling offense due to international absence (Marco Pappa) and concussion (Patrick Nyarko) and so is likely to give Section 8 an inspiring round of bunker and counter soccer.

Sigi on the other hand will have more options than he's had in weeks with only three injuries influencing selection. Only one is short term as Alavaro Fernandez is unavailable due to his hamstring issue from last week's game. His key now is figuring out how to best utilize the two up-and-comers in Lamar Neagle and Mike Fucito while also getting DP Fredy Montero as active in the offense as fans and national media expect. For SaH writers, and most readers, this means just playing Fredy, and maybe as a midfielder. Seattle is a better possession team, better defensive team and a very slight favorite in this one despite it being a road game.

The game is on KONG 6/16/106 and KIRO 97.3 FM at 5:30 PM

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Tactical Keys

  • Unlock Forward Scoring
  • Be True To The Diamond's #10
  • Prevent Early Emotions From Fire Getting Result
  • Prepare For Fire To Attack Via Counter

Player Matchups

  • Brad Evans v Logan Pause
  • Tyson Wahl v Dominic Oduro
  • Lamar Neagle v Bratislav Ristic

Statistics

 

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
Fire Two (4) Three (2) Conway (63%) Conway (1.33)
Sounders Evans (4) Montero (4) Keller (75%) Keller (0.93)
Advanced PP90  Shot +/- Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
Fire Oduro (1.13) Pause (2.86) 0.82 -0.55
Sounders Evans (1.09) Montero (3.40) 3.36 0.64
Opta Duels Won % Passing % Opp Pass % Possession
Fire 49.5 72.8 73.7 49.2
Sounders 51.5 72.0 73.0 51.0

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Lineups

Chicago

Nazarit
Bone Chaves Oduro
Pause Paladini
Segares Ristic
Gibbs Cuesta
Johnson