Seattle Sounders FC 2 (9-15-4) hosts its final home match of the 2017 USL season on Wednesday night. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT at Starfire Stadium against Phoenix Rising FC (11-7-7), a team currently holding a playoff position — occupying seventh place in the USL Western Conference.
The visiting Phoenix side enters the match in great form. Like Seattle’s senior team, they are riding an impressive streak — going unbeaten in their last eight matches. If S2 wants to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, they must end their opponents streak and walk away with a win.
While MLS teams like the Sounders have seen the USL as a development league for emerging talent, Phoenix Rising is trying to make the case for becoming an MLS franchise. As a result, the squad is home to a number of famous veteran international players, including part owner Didier Drogba, C.D. Guadalajara's all-time leading scorer Omar Bravo, and former Manchester City player Shaun Wright-Phillips. Not all (or possibly any) of these players will start or even travel for the match, however.
These two teams have only faced off one time this season — a 2-0 loss on the road earlier this month. The scoreline doesn’t reflect Seattle’s performance, however, as S2 dominated possession — passing almost 200 times more than their opponent. But that possession didn’t translate into shots, and S2 managed just three on target the whole match. If the team wants better opportunities on goal this time around, they’re going to need to more effectively control the midfield.
Henry Wingo put in a strong performance last week in a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. He was confident taking on players 1-v-1 and earned the sole S2 goal in the match. Look for him to put some early pressure on the Phoenix backline, if he earns the start. With his speed out with, and Felix Chenkam’s movement and pressure up top, S2 could walk away with a well-earned three points.
How to Watch
Match date/time: 7:30 PM PT, Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Venue: Starfire Stadium, Tukwila
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