Sounders Matchday! Arguably this game isn’t as big as our last when hardware was on the line. However with Seattle’s history in the first game of a playoff series, I am pretty keyed up about this game. I am more nervous than when we only needed a result at home against L.A.
I was worried about Mauro Diaz. I wasted a lot of words in my game preview about the impact of Diaz in this series. Then the MLS Discipline Committee goes and suspends him for his part in the fracas on Wednesday night. Bad for me, good for us. His absence relieves some anxiety. We are 2-1-0 against FCD this season, beating them with Diaz in the lineup, and splitting games with him out. I do look forward to Paraeja’s lineup shuffling.
Bold Prediction: As the #1 seed, the Sounders won the honor of flying 1,681 mile to Dallas. We’ll be travelling to the farthest outpost of the Western Conference (just wait ‘til SKC and the Dynamo joing next year). Yes the Hoops will play their third game in eight days, but it will be their third straight game at home. Dallas has to deal with fatigue, but we have to deal with travel and time zones. I want Seattle to just get the job done (and socre an away goal). I am going to go conservative here: 1-1 draw.