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Sounders vs New York City FC: Keys to Game

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York City FC is having a fairly typical start to their MLS existence. Jason Kreis' team sits with only one win eight games into their existence, it came at home. When they have David Villa their offense is average, without the Spanish star it is woeful. The defense is a touch better. NYCFC gives up less than a goal a game.

Seattle Sounders FC have the talent to take advantage of this. They are typically a strong road team and they are at full health. Yankee Stadium will present some interesting challenges due to the unique field conditions (short, narrow, soft).

Keys to Game

  • Pitch a shutout - the improving defense, lead by Brad Evans, has held much better offenses than New York's attack to zero goals (Revs, FCD, Dynamo, Timbers). Doing that to the American Blues would ensure at least a road point.
  • Chicks dig the long throw - With the narrow pitch forced into New York's baseball stadium long throws, such as the one that beat Portland, are going to be more effective.

  • Power up the middle - sure, it would be neat if a team could display power to left field, or go the opposite way. That's unnecessary today. Seattle has a team that can already shove it right down NYCFC's gut. Do that. Let Clinfemi shine.
  • Earn the Save - Two of New York's five goals came in the last 15 minutes. The Sounders have yet to allow a goal in late innings. Show that same resolve and the likely early goals win.

Tonight's match is at 4 PM on FoxSports1

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