Seattle Sounders 2 will look to stanch the bleeding against Swope Park Rangers after what might be the USL side’s two worst defensive performances in their short history. Realistically, they should be able to do so because Francisco Narbon is unlikely to play as bad as he has the last two matches and the biggest problem last weekend, Tony Alfaro, was on the bench for the first team last night so will not feature against Swope Park.
There have been some real positives for S2 the last two matches though. While the defense was struggling, the offense was having their two best performances since Felix Chenkam signed with the first team. S2 have figured out how to function without the Cameroonian fulcrum they had relied on early in the season. They have taken to running the offense by committee with all of Ray Saari, Shandon Hopeau, Denso Ulysse and Jesse Daley taking turns pulling the strings. If they can play like they did on the weekend, S2 may have their first truly dangerous attack in years.
If Rodrigue Ele and Sam Rogers start tonight, Swope Park are a team that S2 can beat. They are no longer the same potent team that beat S2 4-2 early in the season. Hadji Barry has dropped off considerably from his early season form and Kharlton Belmar has not seen the field much for Swope Park in the last couple of months. Despite Swope Park being 17 point ahead in the standings, this match is a good opportunity for S2 to start adding results to their other successes this season.
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
- Get in the box for crosses from Ulysse
- Play solid defense in the middle
- Don’t let up after scoring
Here is YOUR S2 starting XI for #SEAvSPR! The match kicks off in 1⃣ hour. pic.twitter.com/p2xrUlGDJf— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) July 6, 2018
Tonight's Starting XI #SPRBelieve | #SEAvSPR pic.twitter.com/kTrjKhhIkP— Swope Park Rangers (@SwopeRangers) July 6, 2018
How to Watch
Match date/time: 7:00 PM PT, Thursday, July 5, 2018
Venue: Cheney Stadium, Central Tacoma, Puyallup-White River Watershed, Cascadia.
Streaming: ESPN+ (Talent: Andrew Harvey and James Riley)
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.