Today the Seattle Sounders take on Real Salt Lake in a battle of league supremacy. Of course the MLS schedule makers botched this one by scheduling these two titans during the World Cup event horizon. Both teams will be without some stars. Seattle will be missing Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin to call-ups, Djimi Traore to injury and maybe Chad Marshall and Lamar Neagle as well. Salt Lake lost Alvaro Saborio (both called-up AND injured), Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando to call-ups, and maybe Joao Plata to injury. But both teams are deep and proud and aren’t looking for excuses.
I am looking for the real Seattle Sounders to step up against Real Salt Lake. So far, we’ve been slightly schizophrenic. After a bumpy beginning, the Sounders threw a win party. They went on a six-game unbeaten streak while scoring 17 goals. But in our last three games we’ve underwhelmed. We are now missing the aforementioned players, but that happens. No team in any sport in any era plays every game with their ideal starters. We are a team. The Sounders, not the Seattle Clint Dempseys, and this team should’ve buried a JV San Jose squad. Then we needed a gift of a penalty to draw with Vancouver (both of whose goals were arguably of our own creation). Let’s hope to get back on track against the Claret and Cobalt.
Bold Prediction: I honestly have no idea. We could win, lose or draw and I wouldn’t be surprised. My record as Nostradamus has been sizzling lately (called the loss at the Revs, the win against SJ and the 2-2 draw at the Caps) and I risk jeopardizing my clairvoyant reputation here. But since it is my sacred responsibility as a sports blogger to put my ideas on the line, so…
The good money is on a draw. RSL doesn’t lose and the Sounders often win. Both teams are not 100%, but I’d argue RSL has the shorter end of that stick. They are still formidable opponent though. HOWEVER I am calling a Sounders win, 2-1. RSL is crafty with Javier Morales and they take advantage of our haphazard backline to score first. We equalize somehow (Oba maybe), but sports is all about confidence and swagger. Captain Brad Evans plays lights out and scores the winner.