The Seattle Sounders take on New York City FC for the first time in MLS history. One team has a healthy squad, the other has struggled with injuries. One team sits near the top of the MLS West, the other below the red line in the MLS East.
Who will come out on top? Let's take a look at the data to see what we can uncover.
For NYC FC, Forward Tony Taylor is out after hurting his knee against Portland. Defenders Jason Hernandez and Josh Williams are questionable with muscle strains. Forward Adam Nemec and midfielder Javier Calle — as well as David Villa — all have injured hamstrings. Andrew Jacobson is out after earning a red card.
The Sounders have no known injuries among the starting 11.
NYC FC saw their winless streak extended to six games – the longest this season in MLS – following their 1-0 loss at Chicago last week.
Stefan Frei has recorded four shutouts this season, putting him one shutout behind league leader David Ousted. Ousted's Vancouver side has played 10 matches, while Frei has recorded his four shutouts in just 7 games.
As you'll see from the infographic below, NYC FC averages more passes per game than the Sounders. So far, NYC has not succeeded in turning its possession into many goals. Let's hope the team doesn't turn it around today.