Seattle rolls into Rio Tinto Stadium today with the best road record of any team in MLS this year, currently 7-1-2 on the road.
RSL has a home record of 6-4-2 this season, and they will need to be working well together in order to win. Remember, this is the team our previous head coach jumped ship to join as an assistant — and of course, if you have been a fan longer you know that Seattle has done very well under the front office management of Garth Lagerwey after he left RSL.
So, what to expect from the number two team in the Western Conference? With Seattle in the middle of the Leagues Cup and going to the final on Wednesday, they will most likely test their depth against RSL tonight. Look for some players who have not played as many minutes. This gives RSL a possible opening to win if they can exploit this. Look for new Sounder Leo Chu to get the start.
Remember, Freddy Juarez knows RSL and the players; look for him to be part of the game plan versus RSL, as he knows the tactics and strengths and weaknesses of everyone in the RSL organization. The biggest problem here is that RSL has a pretty thin defense, and with that being said, look for Seattle, who is notoriously bad at the RioT, to try to attack early and keep the offensive pressure up.
We will most likely see the following lineup: