At their best, friendlies are an opportunity to see new talents, try new styles of play, test youth, and maybe even convince a player to eventually join the Seattle Sounders. At their worst they are a money grabbing event with little sporting interest.
The friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt does have compelling stories. Gonzalo Pineda is the acting head coach. A few years ago he was a starting midfielder, then a television personality, then the least experienced coach on the staff. Now, he is Brian Schmetzer’s fill-in.
Plus, the Sounders will play a bunch of talents who are on the fringe of the 18. This is a huge test for the S2 players and irregular First Teamers. Frankfurt is a bit interesting, too. They aren’t a great Bundesliga side. There are a few well-known players in the US (Chandler, Fabian), but this isn’t a team that should crush the souls of the Rave Green.
The most important thing for Seattle is simple -- do not get injured. No test, no amount of money raised, is good enough to hurt the team's attempt to charge up the 2017 standings. On July 19 the team takes the field again in meaningful competition. That’s a home game and a must-win. They’ll need every available player to do it.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Osvaldo Alonso and Chad Marshall are out. Seyi Adekoya, Henry Wingo and Harry Shipp are all questionable, if this was an MLS match. You should not expect Shipp to play. Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan, Oniel Fisher and Jordy Delem are away at the Gold Cup. Kelvin Leerdam is not eligible to play. Seattle bolstered its roster with S2 players.
Victor Rivas is the center referee.
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 the Game:
- DO NOT GET INJURED
- Test the Future
- Get Kovar a goal
- Defend it with Nouhou
How to Watch
Match date/time: 12 PM PT, Saturday July 8, 217
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Cascadia
Local TV: JOEtv 10/22/110 (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Regional TV (Eastern WA, MT, ID, OR, AK): ROOT SPORTS
Local Radio: KIRO Radio 97.3 FM (Johnson, Webber)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
No international TV.
SUBS:— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) July 8, 2017
Eintracht Frankfurt Lineup
How I'm watching
Scarf: Nos Audietis 2012
Where: At home
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