Apparently the Seattle Sounders FC plays tonight.
Will Eddie Johnson’s recent USMNT success continue for the Rave Green? Just ask him — he’s a Grown Ass Man.
See, I was so caught up in thinking about the fact that the Rave Green will either win or lose a trophy tonight in a game they’re not even playing in, along with the fact that by cheering for San Jose to beat LA, Seattle may just secure a top three finish. But alas, the least important of my worries were how the Sounders were going to fare against a very desperate FC Dallas side.
The match before the Sounders (which is at 7 p.m. on ESPN) is where all eyes today will start — up in Canada. That’s where the Portland Timbers can either come back from a disastrous performance two weeks ago against Seattle and take the Cascadia Cup, or they will continue one of the worst season’s the MLS has seen and give back the Cascadia Cup they had a lock on one month ago.
Dallas will also be watching that match with intent because if Vancouver comes out with a victory, the Toros will be eliminated from the playoffs, putting them in a foul mood going into our match — a win,win situation if you will.
If Vancouver fails to get a result though Dallas will bring everything they have against Seattle to get three points. Desperation is not what these Sounders want to see as they battle for a top three spot.
The main concern to watch for tonight on the pitch for Seattle is health. I know I said this before Wednesday too, but it can’t be understated how important players like Mauro Rosales and Christian Tiffert are to this team. Keep them healthy going into the playoffs and we could see a serious title run. If that means they only go 75 minutes, fine — but they have to stay fit.
In other good news for the Sounders, all three international players are back from their break and are ready to contribute, mainly Honduran Mario Martinez who said that we all need to watch him when the goals for Seattle start flowing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be a last super sub tonight. Also back is our Grown Ass Man and Johansson, both of whom should start.
The perfect storm —
Vancouver kicks off at 4 p.m. from Vancouver. The Whitecaps take an early lead on a shaky Portland defense and then hold that lead until another late goal is added right before the Sounders take the pitch. Vancouver wins 2-0, eliminates and deflates Dallas while giving Seattle back our cup.
Projected starting XI —
GK, Michael Gspurning
CB, Jeff Parke CB, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
RB, Adam Johnasson LB, Marc Burch
CM, Osvaldo Alonso
RM, Mauro Rosales LM, Brad Evans
CAM, Christian Tiffert
FW, Fredy Montero FW, Eddie Johnson
SUBS: Mario Martinez, Andy Rose, Alex Caskey
Injury report —
Before you even read this, note that Dallas is pretty much screwed on the injury front. A lot of guys questionable and if they do play, they’ll be less than 100 percent. Also note that no regular Sounders players are listed as out. Only Gonzalez listed as doubtful.
FC DALLAS — OUT: DF Ugo Ihemelu (concussion symptoms); GK Chris Seitz (illness); QUESTIONABLE: MF Jackson (R quad strain); MF Brek Shea (abdominal strain); DF George John (R ankle sprain)
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC — OUT: FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); DF Andrew Duran (L ACL surgery); DOUBTFUL: DF Leo Gonzalez (R hamstring strain); DF Patrick Ianni (R calf strain); PROBABLE: DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (facial fracture); MF Steve Zakuani (abdominal strain)
Prediction — This one is all based on the Portland v Vancouver match. Even though coaches and players alike say they don’t look at other scores — they’re lying today. Either way, Seattle is again the better team, playing their last home regular season match. Sounders get three points regardless but it might be a scrappy three or a walk-over three.