Seattle Sounders vs. Montreal Impact – MLS – Week 4 (7pm PT @ CenturyLink Field)
When I say just 1, I literally mean just 1.
No matter what, this club needs to come away with a point for its young players not used to media scrutiny and for its fan’s who have never seen the club start a season 0-3.
This will not be an easy task for the Sounders as they take on a Montreal team that currently sits at the top of the Eastern Conference with 6 points (2-0-1).
Although, Seattle should be playing to win, a draw should be enough to shake off the negative vibes.
Montreal has gotten the better of Seattle with 3 wins in 4 meetings since they joined the MLS in 2012. They even bested the club at CenturyLink the one time they played there in 2013 (1-0).
“The first game in Vancouver, it was the first game, so we were excited,” said Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush. “It’s a rival. We had a pretty good sense of what they were trying to do, and we were right about that. When we went to Seattle and Portland, a few years ago, it was the start of the season again, so we had time to prepare for them.”
It will be interesting to see how both Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey come back from their respective international assignments. Clint Dempsey left the field on Tuesday bare chested and flying high after USMNT’s 4-0 walloping of Guatemala. Dempsey’s goal made him the United States all time goal scorer in World Cup qualifying
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However, Dempsey seemed a bit gassed and his tired legs accidentally put his dribble right into the path of Jozy Altidore who was able to tack on the 4th goal of the match. Let us not confuse that with an intentional pass. Who knows if Dempsey will even get the start.
Jordan Morris on the other hand left the pitch with his head hanging like a kid who just got laughed at for having lame slammers at a Pogs match. The U.S. Olympic squad got shellacked by Columbia and the team were handed more red cards then the cutest chick in homeroom on Valentines Day.
The Sounder’s newest signing Herculez Gomez is available to play in this match. Gomez who scored six goals in 24 career caps with the USMNT could provide a little leadership to a sullen Morris.
Seattle’s Captain and center back Brad Evans is back in training but his status for this matchup is still unclear, is looking doubtful.
Opportunities for a Sounders Win:
Didier Drogba, who hates FieldTurf even more than I do, will not be risking his knee caps by digging his hooves into the Seattle pitch this week.
Belgian import and reigning MLS Defender of the Year, Laurent Ciman, could be out for this match due to an ankle injury sustained in training late last week.
Sounder’s will have to focus on keeping Ignacio Piatti in check. The 31-year-old Argentine if off to a hot start with 3 goals 2 assists.
Sounder’s fans need to buck up and rally behind their squad, which they do very well. But maybe the enthusiasm of seeing Dempsey going ballistic in red,white and blue will add another component of energy in the stands.
“This is a very hostile environment,” said Montreal forward Dominic Oduro. “When you go to Seattle, even when you get a point, you know you’ll struggle through it. The whole stadium takes a toll on you. We have to keep focused on being disciplined.”
If Seattle can get on the board quick and keep the crowd in the game my podcast prediction of a 3-1 win is much more probable.