With first place on the line, if only until other league games are played, the Seattle Sounders have an advantage of knowing that Sporting Kansas City played a tough midweek game to advance in the US Open Cup. That likely means a somewhat reduced and less effective lineup, but Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer is not counting on that.
“People are writing about how they played 120 and penalties and have to travel, that’s a load of bullcrap,” said Schmetzer. “They’re still going to come here and try and win the game.”
It will be important for the Sounders to take advantage of the Sporks’ tired legs. A home team with only a game-a-week must run-and-gun. KC will try to slow the game through tactical fouls. The best way to deal with that is through a skillful move to avoid the tactic thereby exploiting space or by using set-pieces to threaten their goal.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: Brad Evans is out. Osvaldo Alonso is questionable.
Sporks: Cameron Porter is out.
Only Lamar Neagle and Roger Espinoza are in danger of accumulation suspension, but both are two yellows away from punishment.
Baldomero Toledo is the center referee. Allen Chapman is the VAR.
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Keys to the Game:
- Burst by up-field fouls
- Effective set-pieces early
- Run early, run often
How to Watch
Match date/time: 1 PM Pacific, August 12, 2017
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Cascadia
Online Streaming: MLS Live (except where blacked out)
Local TV: JOEtv (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Regional TV: ROOT Sports in Eastern WA, OR, ID, MT, AK
Local Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM Seattle (Johnson, Fewing)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
Local Spanish TV: Univision-Seattle (Mendez, Arrioja, Hurtado)
Asia: BeIN Sports (ASIA) | Australia: BeIN Sports (AUS) | India: DSports / ATR | Latin America: FOX Latin America | Middle East & North Aafrica: Abu Dhabi Sports | Panama: TVN | Singapore: Starhub
SUBS:— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) August 12, 2017
Your #SportingKC starting XI for today's match vs. @SoundersFC! Kickoff at 3pm CT on @FSKansasCity and FSGO app ➡️ https://t.co/LJPtpPUKSw pic.twitter.com/JHznvWst1h— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) August 12, 2017
How I'm watching
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Clint Dempsey goal, 36’
August 12, 2017