The Tacoma Defiance are set to face their third expansion side of the season in the Austin Bold. Tacoma lost both of the previous two inaugural meetings this year, against Locomotive and New Mexico, each by a score of 2-1. The Bold haven’t had quite the opening season of those two, who are 4th and 1st respectively, but they are sitting just above the playoff line.
Once the final whistle blows tonight the Defiance will not play again for 21 days because they for some reason have 3 consecutive bye weeks. Having had their unbeaten streak broken by fellow bottom-dwellers Colorado Springs, they will hope to return to form and give themselves something positive to think on during their time away from competitive matches.
For their part, the Bold are an average to good defensive team, letting in 17 goals on the season. They struggle to score goals but should probably have more with a 11% conversion rate keeping them from a decent scoring record. They have a two-headed scoring threat with both Kris Tyrpak and André Lima on four goals. The Defiance will have to be wary of long balls because Austin’s assist leader is former Sounders’ center mid Callum Mallace.
The Bold are just off an attempted comeback against the Houston Dynamo in the US Open Cup. Hopefully the Defiance will catch them crestfallen after falling just short in the 4th round.
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:
- Pass forward from the top of the box.
- Attack the ball defending set pieces.
- Get a goal from someone other than Dhillon.
How to Watch
Match date/time: 5:30 PM PT, Saturday, June 15, 2019
Venue: Bold Stadium, Austin, Texas
Streaming: ESPN+ (affiliate link)
How I'm watching
Outfit: T-shirt, Jeans
Where: Near the Green River
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