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Seattle Sounders v Columbus Crew Gamethread

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I think Hesmer wants you over there Josh.
I think Hesmer wants you over there Josh.

The Columbus Crew have yet to beat the Seattle Sounders in these brief years in MLS. That does not matter though. That is statistics as trivia. It has little relevance to the match on hand. The match on hand features a depleted side from central Ohio and a fully strength, generally rested side from Western Washington. The tactical and player match-ups will be the deciding factor, and there Seattle has the advantage.

Saturday's game will not be one where the Rave Green have to play conservative and try to pull off a dramatic road result with a 1-nil victory. This is a game where Seattle's top offensive weapons can be unleashed and play the attacking style that fans and ownership love to see. With a piecemeal defensive five Seattle's forward tandem of Mike Fucito and Fredy Montero should be able to use their respective speed and technical skill to create opportunities. As the Crew are without Eddie Gaven, they miss one of their key offensive players as well. This could be a trap game, or it could be another match continuing the streak which Sigi Schmid's men are on at this time.

The game is on KONG and 97.3 FM with Arlo White calling the action

Pre Match Build-up: Projected Lineup | Three Questions | Scouting Report

Tactical Keys

  • Strong Diagonal Runs Against Crew CBs
  • Communicate Defensively on Counters
  • No Penalties

Player Matchups

  • Mauro Rosales v Josh Gardner
  • Jhon Kennedy Hurtado v Emilio Renteria
  • James Riley v Robbie Rogers

Statistics

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
Crew Mendoza (8) Rogers (5) Hesmer (73%) Hesmer (1.04)
Sounders Montero, Fernandez (6) Rosales (7) Keller (74%) Keller (1.04)
Additional PP90 Set-Play | Run Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
Crew Mendoza (1.26) GD +4 | -3 3.40 0.52
Sounders Montero (0.95) GD +3 | +5 0.81 0.54
 

Beverage: Brougham Bitter
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Kit: #ChurchOfFucito v1.0
Where I'm Watching: Sec 214

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