Remember when Seattle Sounders FC 2 hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 just a few weeks ago? Darwin Jones busted out with a hattrick and the Thundercaps looked like a poor idea. They've since won a match and are now on four points in five played. Sunday S2 crosses the border for their first match in Canada (YouTube, 3 PM).
S2 is wrapping up a three-match road trip that has yet to see a win, despite scoring four goals. The attack clearly is not the problem. The defense is struggling right now, and with Damion Lowe still on the injury list and Jimmy Ockford reportedly up with the first team it will probably still struggle. Andres Correa is also up with 1st team per Niko Moreno.
The Thundercaps are going to score. S2 is going to score. It's going to be another shootout.
Jon from 86 Forever answers three tiny questions about the Thundercaps.
SaH: What's Thunderbird stadium like for fans and players?
86er: A lot of fun. There's excitement around the young club now even if they haven't scored a lot of early success. Young soccer fans are coming out and thats good to see.
SaH: What have the Thundercaps learned since their loss here in Tukwila?
86er: Thankfully, they're not losing matches 4-0 anymore. The club needed some time gel and find their identity, which they appear to be doing now, with a consistent string of competitive outings. A tightened backline looks to have lead the way, a parallel to their parent club.
SaH: Which player will cause S2 troubles?
86er: Tim Parker is looking like the real deal at CB. Calm, collected, not afraid to get physical. With the MLS whitecaps showing thin depth at the position, Parker may not be on WFC 2 for the entire season.
S2 starts off Cascadia Day with even more Cascadia. Will their result be joyful noise or a harbinger of things to come?