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Seattle at Kansas City Hopeful Lineups, Statistics and Broadcast Info
Seattle at Kansas City Hopeful Lineups, Statistics and Broadcast Info

This is not a trap game. This is a match where the Seattle Sounders are purely an underdog, not just due to MLS parity, but because Sporting Kansas City is a decent team that is great at home. Pile on a run of travel, fixture congestion and a few minor injuries and this game becomes one of those where Seattle may just be happy with a point. The match also features two of the most powerful offenses in Major League Soccer. The SporKCs average 1.41 goals per game (good for 3rd) and the Sounders slightly better at 1.43 (good for 2nd).

KC has recently added a few talents, including Brazilian Designated player Jefferson to compliment previous signing Mexican DP Omar Bravo. In addition to two DPs gracing the beautiful LIVESTRONG Sporting Park they have CJ Sapong who is a Rookie of the Year candidate, All-Star Matt Besler and twitter fave Kei Kamara. Rapidly this Midwestern team has built itself back from the struggles since 2004 both on the field and through strong connections with the community. Most notable of those connections is their membership program. It isn't Democracy in Sports, but the tangible benefits of membership are significant. If there is an example of what the future of the League can be outside of Cascadia it is Sporting KC and it is strong.

The game is KONG 6/16/106 and 97.3FM with Arlo White on the call at 5:30 PM Pacific

Pre Match Build-up: Hopeful Lineup Card | Three Questions | Scouting Report | SBN Seattle Preview

Tactical Keys

  • Rapid Transitions To Attack
  • Pass Don't Run
  • Support Wide Defenders

Player Matchups

  • Tyson Wahl v Kei Kamara
  • Kasey Keller v Omar Bravo
  • Fredy Montero v Jimmy Nielsen

Statistics

 

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
SporKCs Bravo (6) Sapong, Zusi (4) Nielsen (72%) Nielsen (1.23)
Sounders Montero, Fernandez (6) Rosales (6) Keller (72%) Keller (1.13)
Additional PP90 Set-Play | Run Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
SporKCs Bunbury (1.07) GD +3 | -4 1.50 0.27
Sounders Montero (1.02) GD +1 | +6 1.39 0.70

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