With the end of the USL Championship season in sight the Tacoma Defiance match up with Fresno FC. The meeting in Fresno is the Defiances penultimate away game of 2019 and one of their last chances to add a road win to their season’s tally. The task won’t be easy; the Foxes sit 2nd in the league table and have a formidable offence that will likely give the Defiance’s league-worst defence more than they can handle.
Chris Little is faced with an interesting question tonight. Does he sit 10—or even 11—players behind the ball and hope to pull off a smash and grab or does he try to go toe to toe with a team that bests them in every category and risk being ran off the pitch.
For the players there are no questions, no options. They have to go out on the field and give the Sounders organization a reason to keep them around. The stakes are especially high for the Tacoma players who did not come through the Sounders Academy. There is a chance that being the best player on the team won’t even be enough for them to return to Cheney Stadium next year.
There is a lot at stake in Fresno, watch it unfold.
Correction: since this article published the team just ahead of Tacoma, Colorado Springs, won a match, so the Defiance cannot pass them on the table, but they do have 2 games in hand against them.
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:
- Remember you are a team.
- Tacoma must score early.
- Keep Juan Pablo Caffa off the ball.
Most likely switch Hopeau and Dhillon
How to Watch
Match date/time: 7:30 PM PT, Saturday, October 5, 2019.
Venue: Chukchansi Park, Fresno, Tulare-Buena Vista Lakes Watershed, San Joaquin Valley, North America.
How I'm watching
Outfit: 2018 Sounders Parley jersey.
Where: Near the Green River and its infamous road.