As two empty buckets meet it is clear the game will be decided by the team that captures that space and uses it. Osvaldo Alonso has done so before when facing the Chicago Fire and should be able to do so again. Seattle Sounders FC will also have the speed advantage on the flanks. If dead-ball form holds true this is a match that should result in a Sounders win.
Sounders FC are +7 in final 30 minutes. #CF97 are -6 during same period.
Seattle is +1 form the dead ball (removing PKs). Fire are -5.
The weary Seattle side will need to take advantage early when the crowd is at volume and the subs can end strong. There are three points and a body of water to smother a fire.
TV: NBC Sports (Strong/Earle)
Radio: 97.3 KIRO FM (Fletcher/Keller)
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 99.3 FM (Aleman/Hernandez)
Referee: Hilario Grajeda - MLS Career: 93 games; FC/gm: 24.1; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 15; pens: 13
AR1 (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; AR2 (opposite): Mike Rottersman; 4th: Edvin Jurisevic
Disabled List: SEA: Josh Ford, Steve Zakuani
Suspended next yellow card: SEA: Djimi Traore
Suspended next two yellow cards: SEA: Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado | CHI: Daniel Paladini, Bakary Soumare, Jeff Larentowicz, Jalil Anibaba, Gonzalo Segares, Chris Rolfe
International Absences: SEA: Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson (USA) | CHI: Joel Lindpere (Estonia), Arevalo Rios (Uruguay)
Tactical Keys (be yourself and have fun are assumed)
- Set-Play Advantage
- Speed on Flanks
- Fill the Bucket
How We're Watching
Scarf: The Enemy's Goal Is Down
Kit: You Will Hear Us
Where I'm Watching: Brougham End