- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 17, 2009
- 2 Comments
- Chris Pontius, Fredy Montero, Luciano Emilio, Rodney Wallace, Sigi Schmid, Wednesday Preview
The summer is heating up and so is the soccer on the field. It seems that now we are in the hot months of the year the league has scheduled more week night games for our enjoyment. Honestly they picked a good one for us this weekend in the Emerald City. The expansion Sounders FC host DC United in an ESPN2 clash.
Tonight we should get to see a full crowd at Qwest Field. Some folks on the web are even saying tickets are going for double face value. Amazing to think that a mid-week MLS game would be doing that but those Seattle folks are crazy for soccer.
1. Can DC make the most out of this west coast trip?
This is the start of a busy week for the Black-and-Red. Two west coast games, one in a place that they haven’t done well in recent years (Colorado) and the other a bit of an unknown in tonight’s contest in Seattle. Since Chicago is currently in the middle of a funk and that means any points DC gets this week the better.
For them to get the three points in this game they have to play an even controlled game through the midfield. Pushing forward at the right times to get Seattle’s backline a bit off their guard will be key. While Seattle has been better than expected this season for an expansion club their defense has been shaky in recent weeks. A good offense like DC will be able to get the job done thanks to rookies like Chris Pontius and Rodney Wallace. Throw in the fact that Luciano Emilio will be back on the pitch and it could be a good night for the boys in Black (or white if they wear those kits).
2. Can Seattle hold their own with one of the league’s best?
Seattle needs another three points at home here to stay close to Chivas and Houston in the standings here. Right now they are still very much in the thick of things but they have been slipping up until last week’s win over San Jose. Sigi Schmid needs to rely a lot more on Fredy Montero and company in this game if he wants three points. He’ll also need to find a way to keep his defense from letting in a late goal that DC is known to score. That’s won’t be easy but it can be done with the right amount of luck.
3. Player to keep an eye out for.
Tonight keep an eye out on DC’s Rodney Wallace. The rookie has been breaking forward a lot in recent games and that kind of play out of the back can be very tough to defend.
This game should be a good one. Seattle has a lot of quality in their attack and should be able to hold their own with a club like DC. They do need to get over the hump and beat a quality side right now to prove to a lot of people that they deserve to be up there in the discussion of who could reach MLS Cup this year. I think end in the end this seems to be a fairly even match with both clubs giving up a goal. Seattle should go up early only to give up one late.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 1, DC 1