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US Open Cup Semifinal: Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas - Gamethread

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There is no game bigger than this. Or at least there shouldn't be, but there was that Seattle Sounders win down in Monterrey. There will be bigger games later in the season of course, and in the CONCACAF Champions League, but tonight knockout tournament history can be made. On a Tuesday night in Tukwila, WA FC Dallas will attempt to crush Seattle's US Open Cup hopes and streaks. The Sounders have been incredibly powerful on the smaller field at their training ground. USLPro's Richmond Kickers at Chicago Fire game will almost be done by the time the Western Conference rivals kickoff in a fiercely contested match that will essentially see two First XIs in the starting lineup.

Tactically things will be different. There won't be the space that Seattle and Dallas excel at using, but instead a tight game of ball on the turf with a sprinkling of dead ball success. It will be quick, with more goals than typical. Seattle has the reigning US Open Cup Player of Tournament in its pocket, while Schellas Hyndman has a US National Team midfielder in his. Adrian Hanauer is in his 5th straight year with a team of his in the US Open Cup Semis. Osvaldo Alonso is in his 4th straight Semi.

The game is on www.SoundersFC.com with Arlo White on the call at 7PM

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Tactical Keys

  • Control Packed Zones Defensively
  • Use Every Dimension To Pass
  • Flood the Opposing Box

Player Matchups

  • Zach Scott v Brek Shea
  • Osvaldo Alonso v Crowded Midfield of 4-1-4-1
  • Alvaro Fernandez v Jeremy Hall

Lineup Card will be updated with actual lineups when they are public

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