The Tacoma Defiance (née S2) are in the Land of Enchantment for the first time to face expansion side New Mexico United. The Albuquerque-based side has a lot riding on this match — with just two matches to go they sit perilously close to the playoff line. There are five teams fighting for the last three places above the red line, and United are currently are on the outside looking in. However, their match against the Defiance tonight is a game in hand on the other four; If they win tonight they will jump into a playoff spot and their fate is in their hands for the final match of the season.
They Defiance will look to throw a wrench in those plans. Knocking a team out of playoff contention is something a lot of teams relish in. It's certainly not as rewarding as making the playoffs, but it is decent consolation. In addition to sucking the life out of New Mexico, a win would give the Defiance their first three-match winning run since August 2016.
This task will not be easy. New Mexico are a well-balanced attacking side who are a danger to score from anywhere in the attacking third. They are one of two teams who have three players in the top 25 goal scorers—the other being the vaunted Phoenix Rising—and, most concerning for Tacoma, they are a very good crossing side.
The improved Defiance attack will show up, but the defense will need to give up far fewer shots than they have the last two games if they hope to win a third in a row.
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:
- Don’t let United cross it!
- Get another great match from Trey Muse
- Watch for shots from distance
How to Watch
Match date/time: Friday, March 29, 2018, 7:00 PM PT
Venue: Isotopes Park | Albuquerque, NM
How I'm watching
Outfit: A cardigan
Where: Unfortunately I am not able to watch so... nowhere. Tim will be writing a recap for y’all.