- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 19, 2009
- 2 Comments
- MLS on ESPN2, Thursday Preview
It’s finally here, First Kick…opening day…whenever you like calling it. In a few short hours we will have the start of the 14th MLS season up in Seattle as the expansion Sounders play their first MLS game against the New York Red Bulls.
With an possibly sell-out on hand for the game, there is plenty of hype surrounding the new kids on the block. We will finally get to see exactly what they are made on in a MLS sense.
I hope to be bringing you plenty of coverage of this game. While I probably won’t provide a live chat like I did for MLS Cup and the SuperDraft this year, I do expect to at least make comments on Twitter here and there.
Before I get to my preview, below is a few good previews that are already out there:
Osorio confident Red Bulls have improved(MLSNet)
Seattle vs. New York Preview (ESPN)
Sounders ready for debut (Seattle Times)
Bulls poised to spoil Seattle’s debut (Soccer America)
New faces face new questions (ASN-RBNY)
Amazing no New York coverage in their papers….then again I am not shocked by that either.
Questions going into tonight’s game:
1. Can New York stop Fredy Montero?
We all know about Juan Carlos Osorio’s revamped defense going into this year. Question really is how good they will actually be. I think Montero will be a lot to handle for this bunch on opening night. As good as some of the new guys are I just doubt they have had the proper time to gel as a unit. That will come over time if they are good together but definitely not over night in an enviornment like Seattle.
2. Can Seattle’s defense hold off Juan Pablo Angel?
Just as Montero will be a task to handle, so will Angel for Seattle. I just don’t know what to make of Seattle’s defense just yet. I believe it will be a big task of the defensive side of the midfield. Guys like Nathan Sturgis or Stephen King. Both young guys will definitely have their hands full. I see this being a good start to the year for Angel in that sense.
3. Guy to keep an eye on from both clubs.
Seattle: Sebastian Le Trox. He’s been MLS ready for a couple years now.
New York: Jorge Rojas. For the offense to flow in 2009, its all depending on Rojas…not Angel believe it or not.
I think overall this should be an exciting game to start the new season off with. The league picked the best place to start the new season with as well up in Seattle. The fans there will be ready and eager to see their club in action. I think New York will get on the board early in this one but to only give up a cheap goal in the second half to Nate Jaqua or Brad Evans. Seattle will have their hands full defensively but they should be able to use the emotion and the crowd energy in this one to get at least a point out of this game.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, NY 1.