For those who wanted to see Lamar Neagle back up top, you’ll likely be in luck tonight with the rumors that Oba didn’t travel with the team. Let’s see if 253 and EJ have the same connection as him and Oba.
It’s the playoff push. Better yet, it’s the Supporters Shield push — the playoffs are basically a lock now.
But for the Seattle Sounders FC to lift the shield (yes, it’s an actual shield) come season’s end, tonight’s match at the Colorado Rapids falls under the “need to win” category.
Would a draw be the end of days? No. But it would suck, being that this is a red-hot Rave Green side playing a fellow playoff contender right before three players are possibly called away for national team duty.
So in the end, three points would not only be appreciated, but are semi-expected in some fans’ eyes.
The problem, though, won’t come in the opponent — who are quite good, but also young — instead it will come in the form of the injury bug, which has frankly made the Sounders its bitch this season.
The list of who’s not traveling, although not big, carries a lot of weight in their importance to the team. Once again, the hamstring of one Clint Dempsey is being an asshole (not Clint, his hamstring), so he’s out again, along with Leo Gonzalez and Djimi Traore, and now rumors say that Obafemi Martins didn’t travel with the team.
The positive though for Rave Green fans is that this season’s squad is deeper than any other in past years, making tonight’s lineup possibilities still pretty damn strong.
This is a very quick and smart Colorado team that Seattle will face tonight, but simply put, if the Sounders play through these injuries and stick to their style of play, the Rapids won’t bring anything too unexpected or frankly too frightening to the table.
Projected Lineup (4-4-2)
Where to watch
Once again, the Sounders are all the rage of national TV, and this one being picked up by NBC Sports Network — meaning it won’t be available on local TV in the Seattle area or with any MLS video packages. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the weather looking pretty decent in Colorado.