The South Bay has not been good to the Seattle Sounders. When facing the San Jose Earthquakes in Levi’s Stadium, Buck Shaw Stadium, or today’s host Avaya Stadium the Sounders are just 1-5-3 -7. But, some of that was because of the small pitch at Buck Shaw. Some of that is due to the home advantage in MLS. Some of that is just plain dumb luck.
If Seattle is to turn the tide in today’s match they will need to limit two Earthquakes (Anibal Godoy, Chris Wondolowski). Godoy should be handled by Roldan-Alonso, but Wondo is more difficult. Marking him will require near perfect communication from the defensive pentagon as Wondo drifts through those spaces.
There will also need to be goals scored. The Sounders should be able to get opportunities through one strategy. Morris, Dempsey and Lodeiro need to force the ‘Quakes’ backline into vertical movement. They have neither the quickness nor the defensive midfielder to handle that type of play at the level those three can execute.
Ricardo Salazar is the center referee. Calm down, he’s fine.
Brad Evans (calf) and Aaron Kovar (groin) remain unavailable due to injury. No Sounders are questionable. San Jose’s injury report is long Quincy Amarikwa (ACL), Harold Cummings (ankle), Marc Pelosi (knee) and Marvell Wynne (heart) are all out due to injury. Victor Bernardez is out due to Victor Bernardez (Red Card).
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Keys to the Game:
- Control Godoy
- Force their CBs into vertical movement
- Haunt Wondo
- Unleash the Kraken, seriously this time
How to Watch
Match date/time: 7:30 PM PT, Saturday April 8, 2017
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California - it has the world’s largest outdoor stadium bar
Online Streaming: MLS Live (where not subject to blackout)
Local TV: Q13 Fox (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM (Johnson, Webber)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
Local Spanish TV: Univision-Seattle 51 (Mendez, Arrioja)
Asia: BeIn Sports (ASIA) | Australia: BeIn Sports (AUS) | Brazil: Globosat | China: LE Sports | India: DSports | Latin America: FOX | Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports | Panama: TVN | Singapore: Starhub
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