Dave Clark from the great Sounder at Heart blog shared 3 questions with me as we sometimes do. I hope this provides some insight into Saturday's big match.
Me: What is the #churchoffucito and can you tell our readers a little more about this dude?
A generic soccer blogger started referring to fans of Mike Fucito as the Church of Fucito essentially mocking those who thought the former Harvard player was worthy of more MLS playing time. So we at Sounder at Heart grabbed onto that and started a non-faith based "church" of support for the diminutive, strong and speedy left-footed forward. Though he hasn't gotten the playing time that a vocal segment population of the fanbase feels he should he's scored 8 goals and 2 assists in all competitions over the past two seasons. That's in 24 appearances only 11 starts.
While his most successful moments have been in the CCL, you saw his strength as he caused George John and Jamison Olave problems in MLS starts back in the Spring. His lower center of gravity and powerful leaping ability ability actually make him a surprise threat in the box, but it is his speed, set-peice service and tenacity to put shots on goal that should earn him the playing time.
What kind of mix of starters and reserves did Seattle play on Tuesday against Comunicaciones and do you worry about fatigue going into Saturday?
Seattle has rotated a ton of players in and out of lineups this year due to injury, form and random Sigi Schmid decisions. OK, seemingly random... So even though some would look at the lineup and say that the Tuesday lineup was a mix of starters and regulars, it really just showed the depth of the team. Twenty players have 6 or more starts in all competitions this season. In that match there was an average of more than 14 starts per outfield player. This despite not starting Jeff Parke, Mauro Rosales, Erik Friberg, Tyson Wahl and Osvaldo Alonso who will all play Saturday.
There seems to be a little bit of a budding rivalry between Seattle and FC Dallas, at least on the field, with some contentious games going all the way back to the 2007 USOC semifinal. What do you think is the general feeling of Seattle fans towards Dallas and do you feel a bit of an on-field tension brewing with Saturday's game then USOC semi-final and potentially a playoff matchup looming?
Old School Sounders fans certainly see this as a rivalry, but at this time it is really more on the pitch than anything else. After this year with even more matchups this may become more of a rivalry, just due to the number of likely games. But it won't approach the Cascadia with its 30+ years, and probably not even the LA Galaxy due to Seattle's opposition to So Cal, and that they have been a constant thorn.
To see my answers to his three questions click here