The Sounders continue their road tour in New York (well, technically New Jersey), where they face the league's leading scorer, the legendary Thierry Henry, and other top talent. Can the Sounders build off our their U.S. Open Cup victory and extend their four-game winning streak in MLS play? Let's dive into the data to see how these teams match up.
Injury / Player Updates
Bradley Wright-Phillips sat out last weekend's game with a hamstring injury. He also rested for the New York Red Bulls' 1-0 loss to Montreal in CCL action this Wednesday. The injury sounds minor, and Wright-Phillips is expected to take the field against the Sounders.
Both teams have players returning from international duty. For the Sounders, Marco Pappa is back after leading Guatemala to the Copa Centroamerica final. The Red Bulls were without Tim Cahill, Costa Rican left back Roy Miller, and defender / left winger Ambroise Oyongo for a few games.
Yellow Card Watch
New York has four players who are one yellow card away from a suspension: Jamison Olave, Ibrahim Sekagya, Armando, and Tim Cahill. Sounders players Zach Scott and Gonzalo Pineda are also on yellow card watch.
The Sounders defense will need to be ready to handle through-ball attacks, a weakness for Seattle and a Red Bulls attacking strength.
Take a look at when the Sounders and Red Bulls score and concede goals. After the first 30 minutes, New York is extremely consistent. The Sounders have conceded 3 goals over the last two games between minutes 45-60.
Both teams had a mid-week match. Both teams have playoff aspirations. Both teams have some massive talent. But only one team has a Hydra.