MLS Preview: Tips for the Sounders to beat the Philadelphia Union

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The Seattle Sounders sit in 3rd place in the Western Conference 3 points behind 2nd place Real Salt Lake and 6 points back of first place Kansas City.

Seattle is unbeaten in their last 4 matches and have won their last 3 including 2 clean sheets in that span.

The Union sit in 8th place in the Eastern Conference and they had their 3 match unbeaten streak snapped in their last loss.

The Union have beaten the Sounders twice and have 1 draw in the last 3 matches they have faced each other.

Here are 5 things the Sounders need to do to beat the Union.

1. Continue their strong defensive play

The Sounders are tied with Kansas City for giving up the fewest goals in the MLS this season (3). Seattle will be facing a Philadelphia offense that has struggled this season and has scored the 2nd fewest goals in the MLS (5).

In an interesting fact the last time the Union scored more than 1 goal in a match was last season in a 2-0 win over Seattle.

2. G Bryan Meredith has to get over the butterflies

Bryan Meredith will be making his first career start in goal in this game with the injury to Michael Gspurning.

There could not be a better match for him to make his debut since it will be at home, the Seattle D has been playing well, and the Union offense is struggling. In another interesting fact this will be the first time in the history of the Sounders that a backup goalie will play due to an injury to the starter.

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The only thing scary about the Union is their counterattack on Saturday.

3. Get past Union G Zac MacMath

MacMatth has played great this season and had three clean sheets in a row before Philly’s last loss to San Jose. The Seattle offense has not played great this season, but they have scored two goals in each of their last two matches and a very good sign is that Eddie Johnson has scored a goal in his last 2 matches.

4. The sounders have to gel

Seattle has dealt with many injuries so far in the season and some guys are still out and some are questionable for this game. Alvaro Fernandez is doubtful, Patrick Ianni is questionable, and Mauro Rosales is probable.

The lineup will have to gel no matter who plays and they cannot take the Union for granted despite their record.

5. The Sounders can’t get frustrated

The Union are a very conservative team that drops back many defenders and the Sounders must have good time of possession in the match and not get frustrated trying to break down the Philadelphia defense.

Also, since the Union will drop back on defense the Sounders must be wary of the counter attack.

Prediction: No way do I see the Union getting one at Century Link. 3-0 Sounders final score.


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