Thursday Preview: Sounders and United

Thursday Preview: Sounders and United

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 15, 2010
  • 2010 Week 16, Thursday Preview

Boskovic should make all the difference tonight for D.C. (Getty Images)

Oh the Thursday night clash on ESPN2. This week’s game is a pretty interesting one too with Seattle Sounders FC travelling to RFK Stadium to face D.C. United.

Both clubs sit in 7th place in their respective conferences and each will be getting some new faces on their rosters tonight now that the summer transfer window is open. Getting some much needed points is also a big thing for each club as right now three points will go very far for each.

These two have become a little mini cross country rivalry lately too. After last year’s US Open Cup win for Seattle over D.C. in RFK Stadium, things haven’t been so calm between the two sides. In other words these two don’t like each other.

The big games coming into tonight are each club’s new Designated Players that should/will be on hand in this one. D.C. has been waiting on someone to take over the creative side of things in their midfield all year and hope that Branko Boskovic is the right guy for the job. Seattle on the other hand needs a boost up top and Swiss international Blaise Nkufo should certainly be the right guy for that.

United’s defense has looked much better lately and in doing so have earned some tough draws against teams like New York. Seattle on the other hand continues to struggle in the back which is why I’m leaning D.C. tonight. I think the new additions for Curt Onalfo will be enough to get by Sigi Schmid’s team who really need more than Nkufo at this point.

Player to watch out for: Boskovic – If he controls things in the midfield like they need then this signing will be huge for them.

WVH Prediction: D.C. 2, Seattle 1