Seattle Sounders FC 2 are off to their worst start (results-wise) in their 4 years in the USL. Though results are a secondary concern for the Sounders development team, they still need to get wins occasionally - at least to keep morale up. If they aren’t there already, S2 is getting very close to the point where a result is actually needed; luckily they have a decent chance to get one today. They are at Cheney, which hasn’t proven to be an advantage yet, but you have to imagine it will be at some point and perhaps that starts today. They are also facing one of the two teams with fewer points than them in the USL’s Western Conference. The Oklahoma City Energy (a seriously underwhelming sports name, sort of the lesser version of Thunder) are on just 7 points through 12 matches and are yet to get a win away from home. They don’t have any dangerous weapons on offense, and they are averaging .5 goals per 90 (worst in the league); so as long as S2 can play fundamentally decent defense they have a good chance at a clean sheet.
Due to the US Open Cup and injuries it is likely S2 will be without a few of their best players. Rodrigue Ele and Ray Saari both played 120 minutes on Wednesday. Saari especially is unlikely to start as he ran himself into the ground trying to get the First Team a win. Sam Rogers is probably still out so it is almost certain at least one centerback will be an Academy player today. S2 are going to be trying to figure out how their offense works without Felix Chenkam as the fulcrum up top, and their RB has been their most consistent offensive threat over the last month. So, S2 certainly have some stuff to work out at the moment, but OKC still present them with an excellent opportunity to start moving up the table a bit.
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you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
this is our Sound
Keys to the Game
- Play low risk, solid defense.
- Try to establish a threat through the middle.
- Midfielders need to get into the box.
How to Watch
Match date/time: 1:30 PM PT, Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Venue: Cheney Stadium, Central Tacoma, Puyallup-White River Watershed, Cascadia.
Streaming: ESPN+ (Talent: Andrew Harvey and Dave Clark)
How I'm watching
Outfit: An outfit made for three points.
Where: I’ll be at that old ball field we love called Cheney Stadium.