The Seattle Sounders play Toronto FC today in a battle for the playoffs. Both teams find themselves shorthanded once. The Sounders yet again. Toronto will be without Jozy Altidore (USMNT) and Collen Warner (suspension) and Sebastian Giovinco. Seattle will be without Marco Pappa and Roman Torres, as both have been called in to their national teams.
Seattle should (big should after the 2-0 RSL fiasco) have the advantage. Clint Dempsey and Andreas Ivanschitz may be in the selection, and their presence could be key down the stretch as Seattle fights for the playoffs.
BOLD PREDICTION: These two teams are at fascinating junction. TFC has never made the playoffs, but Seattle’s never missed. This season both fortunes could change. Toronto always spends money, but lately it has borne fruit. Michael Bradley is a world-class player and is able to greatly affect a game. Luckily he’ll be without his running mate’s Jozy and Giovinco.
At home, Seattle’s steady defense and hopefully fine-tuned offense should be more than enough of the Red. 2-1 Seattle.