David Olsen and Tobi Jnohope are both probably part of Seattle Sounders future. With Seattle University last year Olsen helped lead the team to new heights and was a Hermann Trophy semifinalist. Jnohope is a center back that was recruited out of Florida to play with the Academy and S2 before he heads off to rising college power University of Denver. This week's SonarFeed mostly focused on their backgrounds, but with two soccer players on hand I asked them what lessons they learned from leg one's 2-2 draw and how they would get a win down at Azteca.
You can fast forward to 51:37 for their answers.
Olsen saw space wide that he thinks Seattle's speed could exploit, particularly former Academy partner Jordan Morris. With a bit better finishing and more involvement across the whole of the attacking band there is a chance at success.
Tobi's answer to the simple question of "How do you stop Quintero?" was telling, because at first he just kind of laughed. It's two fold. First the players upfield, the attacking six need to prevent service. When the service comes make certain you have a body on Carlos Darwin Quintero. It sounds as if they play should hover right around that yellow card area.
Both say that the match must be approached as a must-win. Olsen almost sounds like Pete Carroll with his "ever week's the Super Bowl" attitude.
Watching the full episode you can learn a lot more about two of the more talented players in the organization. There is also an emotional moment when David spoke about his father's suicide and what being a Sounder meant to him at the time.
SonarFeed is a weekly video cast that appears live on Monday evenings. I will be a semi-regular guest throughout 2016.