At about 6 PM the Seattle Sounders will know if they have a second season or not. If they beat Real Salt Lake, they will. A loss or a tie, and the Sounders need other results to go their way. Results going their way with a win could mean the Sounders' second season starts with them finishing 2nd in the West and 4th in the Shield standings. That result would meet preseason expectations, but now is a fantasy.
That fantasy must be ignored. On Decision Day the only thing Seattle controls is itself. They face an eliminated RSL side that is poor on the road (4-10-2, -16 GD) and that will be without its defensive leader in midfield (Beckerman). This is the type of match that the Sounders should dominate, kind of like facing KC's B-team or the Dynamo (both 1-1 draws). While momentum would be wonderful, even more important is that opportunity to win trophies. Only victory ensures a chance at the MLS Cup. Victory on Fan Appreciation day is what is expected.
Tune in at 4 PM today on JoeTV 10/22/110.
Referee: Sorin Stoica
MLS Career: 44 games; FC/gm: 29.1; Y/gm: 4.1; R: 20; pens: 20
AR1 (bench): Craig Lowry; AR2 (opposite): James Conlee; 4th: Drew Fischer
Suspended: RSL: Beckerman
International Absence: None
Simple Injury Report
Disabled List: SSFC: Correa, Craven, Torres | RSL: None
RSL OUT: Schuler
Questionable: Plata, Rimando, Olave (because he's scared of Turf)
Sounders OUT: None
Questionable: Fisher, Haedo Valdez, Pappa
Keys to Game:
- Be drift compatible
- Force the young defense to possess out of back
How to Watch
Match date/time: 4 PM Sunday, 25 October 2015
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Cascadia
Local TV: JoeTV (Fletcher, Keller)
Radio: KIRO Radio 97.3 FM (Fletcher, Keller)
Online: MLS Live (where available)
Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports | China: LETV | Europe (excluding UK & Ireland): Eurosport | Dohar, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines: BeIN Sports (ASIA / AUS) | United Kingdom: SNTV | Taiwan: Sportcast
How I'm watching
Kit: This is our Sound hoodie
Scarf: Nos Audietis ascot
Where: Sec 2104
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