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Sounders at Chivas USA - Gamethread

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Games are not played on paper. If they were this is one of those that could already be over. The Goats are not a good soccer team. They have a broken offense and a defense that is kept alive by Dan Kennedy. They also aren't as bad as their numbers say. Still, the Sounders are road favorites, strong road favorites. The numbers are pretty clear about that.

Both teams added players recently. Chivas USA added one of the best midfielders to make their career in MLS. Shalrie Joseph is not the player he was, but he's still capable of magic. Juan Agudelo is clearly talented and still improving. Danny Califf is a strong MLS defender. But the team is still discovering a positive identity.

Seattle has opportunities to attack through the middle. Chivas is particularly bad at playing against balls on the ground, giving up a massive 20 goals in the run of play (6 on crosses, 14 at the feet). Seattle has a few players who are pretty good at attacking on the ground and they will all play tonight. The goats are better at attacking from the flanks, particularly the right side and former Sounder James Riley. Stop that and the attack is nearly over for Chivas (7 of 15 goals come from live play crosses).

Second in the West is available tonight. Three goals scored in a win is all it takes.

The broadcast is on KING5 and 97.3 FM at 7:30 PM Pacific

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Officials

Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero: MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 4.5; R: 3; pens: 2
AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Fabio Tovar; 4th: Baldomero Toledo

SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CHV: Shalrie Joseph ... SEA: Eddie Johnson

Team Statistics Matchups

Team Shots +/- Run of Play Dead Ball Net Strike Rate Net On Frame
Seattle 2.0 4 3 1.8% 4.1%
Goats -4.9 -12 0 -1.1% -3.9%

Tactical Keys

  • Attack Through The Feet
  • Persist, Opportunities Will Come
  • Beware Wide Fullbacks
  • They Have Magic Too

Player Matchups

  • Eddie Johnson v Danny Califf
  • Fredy Montero v Shalrie Joseph
  • Leo Gonzalez v James Riley

How We're Watching
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Scarf: Sounder at Heart
Kit: Blue/Green Casual
Where I'm Watching: The Berliner

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