MLS Preview: Tips for the Sounders to beat the Chicago Fire

Sounders vs. Chicago Fire

The Seattle Sounders are off to a decent start in 5th place in the Western Conference only 6 points behind first place San Jose and Real Salt Lake. They travel East to take on a Chicago Fire squad that is in 4th place n the Eastern Conference and has not lost at home this season. Last season in the Windy City the Fire and Sounders played to a 0-0 draw.

Here are 5 things the Sounders need to do to beat the Fire on Saturday night.

1. Offense would help

The Sounders’ defense has been solid on the season, but their offense has not looked in sync. Seattle is unbeaten in their last 3 matches with 2 wins and 1 draw, but in the 2 wins they only scored 1 goal. After scoring 5 goals in the first 2 matches of the season they have only scored 2 in the last 3.

2. David Estrada needs help

David Estrada, Seattle Sounders

David Estrada can't shoulder the load all season

I mentioned the offense of Seattle and that offense has been David Estrada, who has accounted for 4 of the Sounders 6 goals this season.

If Chicago bottles him up who will step up?

Brad Evans and Zach Scott are the only other Seattle players that have ticked the back of the net this season and these guys, as well as the other strikers, need to start stepping up on offense.

3. Michael Gspurning needs to keep up his solid play

Kasey who? Michael Gspurning has had a solid first season in a Sounders’ uniform with 3 clean sheets in his first 5 matches for Seattle.

4. The Defense has to keep playing like it has

Much like Gspurning the Seattle is defense is playing well and that was a concern coming into the season with Keller retiring and 2 new starting defenders.

The Seattle defense has really gelled quickly this season and while the Fire are not a high scoring team, with only 6 goals in 5 matches, they need to continue to play well, especially on the road.

5. Find substitute for home cooking

Seattle has THE best fan base in the MLS and they need to find a way to still get motivated and win on the road. The Sounders have only played 1 road match this season and in that match they played to a 0-0 draw facing DC United.

In that match they played well and won the time of possession battle 52% to 48%, but they only had 2 legit shots on goal.

Next Up – After the Chicago game the Sounders can really gain some ground since they are at home and face L.A. and Philadelphia and neither of these clubs are currently over .500 on the young season.


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  • shanmatt72

    The offense is going to look challenged when the captain is out with injuries. You fail to mention who is coming back from injuries, which is a bigger point than any you mentioned. Rosales is the catalyst of the offense, and everything and everyone flow through him. Hence the reason Montero has somewhat fallen back to the Ljundberg era form and trying to do too much. Eddie Johnson’s playing time, which will probably be in the 60-70 minute area will be critical. His height and strength will be key on set plays and holding while the offense surrounds.

    If we have to rely on David Estrada, who I like, and you mention is leading the team in scoring (3 in one game) than we are in trouble. David is still a reserve player learning the game at this level.

    Gspurning is coming off illness from flu like symptoms all week, and he must continue to be a large presence in net, however, never start a statement regarding the netminder with “kasey who”

    The analysis you offer is vanilla, comeon man, do some homework and get some real substance to your game break down.

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