New England hasn't really changed its attacking model with the addition of Kei Kamara but they mortgaged their future on the 31 year old striker. 13 points in 13 games is a pretty poor record and somehow worse than ours (same points, more matches) and with only two wins on the season. Their second win came against Chicago, so it was expected, and came the match before last, in Kei Kamara's debut. Chicago blows and Lee Nguyen has continued to take over the offense.
Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo, and Diego Fagundez/Kelyn Rowe run the offense from underneath Kei Kamara. It is yet to be known how Nguyen and Kamara will get along compared to Higuain and Kamara but it has to be better. While we've yet to see it pay off, they have four goals in the last 180 minutes but they've also given up four goals. The attacking trio that plays in the "midfield" of the 4-2-3-1 will be the crux. If they have space and can create, then Kei Kamara will find his first Revolution goal, if he can't then the Sounders will be good.
They get dangerous due to the speed of Fagundez, Rowe, Agudelo. While none are burners, they have the speed and knowledge to make the correct run to stretch a defense and let Nguyen create. As a shooter, Nguyen can hit from distance or place a perfect ball to a cutting winger. Agudelo specifically makes great runs off the wing in behind a defense and will need to be watched carefully by whomever is marking him. The ability to have two crashing players will make it even more pivotal that Alonso, Evans, Marshall, Friberg, and/or Roldan close out on Nguyen when he's 25 yards out.
Defensively they are fairly weak. Je-Vaughan Watson can be counted on to make mistakes but he's away for Copa America meaning London Woodberry needing to start at RB. Andrew Farrell and Jose Goncalves will start in the middle and are good CBs but slow. They are also big but not strong in the air. Out left is Chris Tierney who is probably the best free kick taker from distance but defensively he's suspect. Tierney will do the dirty work, make a tackle, and commits fouls when needed but similar to Joevin Jones, there is plenty of times he will make the wrong defense decision but doesn't have the speed to make up for it.
Seattle can exploit the lack of cohesion on the right side using Joevin Jones' speed to add an additional attacker and put Woodberry under extra pressure. Crosses will worker better against New England than they did against Colorado with Jordan Morris in the middle but it requires at least one other threat lurking to ensure that he isn't double/triple teamed. If New England can't push forward through the middle and is getting pushed back on their preferred side (Agudelo's) then Seattle will only have to worry about counters coming down the left. With Tyrone Mears only slowly joining the attack with a left heavy presence, then the defense will be less exploited than in previous matches.
New England - Watson (Copa America)
Seattle - Clint Dempsey, Nelson Haedo Valdez (Copa America)
New England: Shuttleworth, Woodberry, Farrell, Goncalves, Tierney, Koffie, Caldwell, Agudelo, Nguyen, Rowe, Kamara
Seattle: Frei, Mears, Evans, Marshall, Jones, Alonso, Friberg, Roldan, Ivanschitz, Morris, Kovar