In their final tuneup before the 2017 season the Seattle Sounders take on the Columbus Crew SC. The previous three preseason matches lacked scoring by the starting XI, but that same XI saw few minutes with Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro on the pitch at the same time. The defense is solid. Only the game with unsigned players starting against Atlanta’s first team was poor.
Saturday’s 1:30 PM game is different. If there is a training match to peak in it is the final one. That’s the game when most teams run their starters for 75+ minutes. In this case it enters the regular season cycle of weekend games. Today’s substitution patterns may show us who Brian Schmetzer’s chosen to fill out the backend of the roster as there are only 23 players under contract at this time. And thought it doesn’t matter, if the Sounders get a three goal win over the Crew and Atlanta draws Charleston they could take a small cup home with them.
If you are new to Sounder at Heart, our gamethreads for the team will always include the following - site motto, keys to the game, how to watch, and how we’re watching. They go up 90 minutes prior to publicized kick.
nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in altum
you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
This is our Sound
Keys to Game:
- It’s time to see the Gentleman Bastards score a goal, and another
- Do Alonso, Frei and Evans look ready for March 4?
- Which of the eight remaining trialists earn MLS contracts?
How to Watch
Match date/time: 1:30 PM, Satruday Feb. 25
Stadium: MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina
Streaming: SoundersFC.com and the Battery Stream Page
How I'm watching
Kit: Map of Puget Sound
Scarf: 2011 Sounder at Heart/Nos Audietis
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