The Seattle Sounders fly east to take on Sporting Kansas City in a Western Conference showdown. It is still weird writing that: SKC is back in the Western Conference. I guess with the NFL’s Chiefs being in the AFC West and old rivals with the Seahawks, it isn’t too weird, but c’mon. Kansas City is almost 2000 miles away!
I’ve ranted and raved before about the seeming East Coast bias of the new alignment. We’ll have less travel in the CCL group stage (3950 to Tegucigalpa and 143 to Vancouver) than we will in our next two away games (1850 to KC and 2800 to Philly). The travel certainly won’t help a battered and bruise team.
The Sounders are in the thick of the injury bug, as you can add Chad Barrett to the list of walking wounded. Meanwhile SKC is getting healthy with Dom Dywer and Jacob Peterson looking to be back in the mix for Saturday’s match. So… the Sounders will probably be knocked down a peg this weekend, but hey, maybe Darwin Jones will see more than a few minutes. Maybe Roldan goes the while 90 as the once and future CM. And we may even see new signing Thomas Bedinelli, who Sigi said should be in the 18.
Bold Prediction: Normally I save my bold prediction posts for matchday. But with tomorrow being such a big soccer day, Champions League, World Cup and Sounders, oh my!, it’s time for something completely different.
It’s a big 6-pointer this weekend, so expect the top of the Wets to get crowded. Seattle sits at top with 26 points, while SKC is in a three-way tie for third at 21. An injury-riddled SKC played us tough in our house two weeks ago. Now the roles are reversed. Can Seattle repeat the Sporks’ gritty performance and play to zero? Escaping Sporting Park with a point would be awesome, but remember that the Sounders are still in a rough stretch of games. Let’s not overdo it boys. Play hard, give the young guys minutes and if you lose, que sera. As Billy Bob Thornton said in the immortal classic “Bad Santa,” they can’t all be winners, can they?