Normally before a big game we do a three questions post with the opponent’s blog. This time around, Dave Clark from Sounder at Heart thought it would be best to just ask one good question before Sunday’s second leg of the Western Conference semifinals.
BDS: What does Seattle have to do to ensure they don't give up one of the biggest comebacks in MLS history?
SaH: If they just play their game, not some bunker-y, bus park-y horror show, they should be fine. Even their worst result this year would mean that we get a fun bit of extra time. It's been a time since the Sounders lost a match by 4 or more goals. Only four MLS losses and a single CONCACAF Champions League loss in their eight-year MLS history are that poor. One of those involved an early red card. That would harm the Sounders chances, so avoiding a silly red in the first few minutes is key.
Coach Brian Schmetzer has been clear. The Sounders do not go on the road to draw, or to lose mildly. They play soccer games to win. They know that a single Seattle goal forces Dallas into a situation where they need to score five. People should expect the Sounders to come out as an aggressive side trying to shift the game-state dramatically. Considering FCD essentially needs to do the same the first 15 minutes should be soccer in 5th gear.
Projected lineup and any other notes worth sharing: Torres, Ivanschitz, Fernandez and Evans all have minor injury issues. Clint Dempsey is still out due to an irregular heartbeat.
Stefan Frei; Joevin Jones, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott, Tyrone Mears; Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan; Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro, Erik Friberg; Nelson Haedo Valdez