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Seattle Sounders at CF Monterrey Rayados - Gamethread

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Nate Jaqua and Sigi Schmid hope the CCL can spark a return to form for the big man.
Nate Jaqua and Sigi Schmid hope the CCL can spark a return to form for the big man.

The Seattle Sounders are in a packed schedule with three games, in three tournaments, in two countries, in three stadiums in just eight short days. With another game of poor weather (Forecast for 96 degrees and thunderstorms), Sigi Schmid seems likely to put forward a cynical lineup gunning for a 1-0 or 1-1 match. Last year a reserve laden lineup actually challenged CF Monterrey, but they have their best two forwards returning to health and both Humberto Suazo and Aldo de Nigris are likely to play with at least one starting.

Coach Victor Vucetich of the Rayados will have the use of one of his key defensive additions as Darvin Chavez is out for his next league match, but like Schmid will have a mix of reserves and starters on the pitch. The starting quality men are the best in the region, even when just returning to play from injury and this is likely to be the match where they do so. Monterrey will not need to be cynical, they are flat out good, and when healthy should challenge for another league title (two in last two years) and a return to the Finals of the CONCACAF Champions League. Tonight's game is not a must win for either side, but the one that takes three points is in complete control of Group D and would only need to draw the remaining four matches to advance to the knockout rounds.

The game is on Fox Soccer at 5PM and there is no radio.

Pre Match Build-up: Traveling 18 | Projected Lineup | Three Questions
Opposing Look at FMFStateOfMind

Tactical Keys

  • Hold Defensive Shape
  • Maximize Limited Opportunities
  • Be Wary of Suazo
  • Prepare for Substitutes to Change Game

Player Matchups

  • Leo Gonzalez v Jesus Manuel Corona
  • Jeff Parke v Humberto Suazo
  • Nate Jaqua v Darvin Chavez

 

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