- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 20, 2009
- 2 Comments
- Brad Evans, Fredy Montero, Osvaldo Alonso, Shalrie Joseph, Thursday Preview
As mentioned yesterday, this week is loaded with MLS action. Tonight we get another primetime clash on ESPN2 as the Seattle Sounders FC host the New England Revolution.
This is a big match for both sides, New England is looking to prove to the rest of the eastern conference and the league for the matter that they are a playoff worthy club. Seattle is looking to inch their way up the standings in hopes at a Supporter’s Shield run.
The bad news for the Sounders is that according to the Seattle Times, Swedish midfielder and WVH fave Freddie Ljungberg looks like he’ll miss both tonight’s game and Sunday at Houston. Also the Sounders will be without Tyrone Marshall, who was sent off against LA. A win for Seattle puts them back in second place and one closer to securing a playoff spot.
New England needs the points in a bad way. With games in hand on everyone in the league this is the time that Steve Nicol’s side has to start stepping up and playing.
This should be a solid matchup in the midfield tonight. Even without Ljungberg and Marshall I still believe Seattle has the better side in this one, especially at home. Look for Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso to lock down the midfield. Fredy Montero should find some space to get behind New England’s defense. But keep an eye out for Shalrie Joseph, he’s always dangerous on big primetime games.
I still see Seattle pulling this one out. Sigi Schmid knows how important three points are this late in the stage and I would imagine his club knows that too. The Revs will keep it close but their offense doesn’t do it for me still without Taylor Twellman.
WVH Prediction: Seattle 2, New England 1