The Seattle Sounders host the Houston Dynamo in MLS Western Conference action. This is the first time the two sides will meet as Western Conference foes since the 2009 MLS Playoffs. Houston advanced past Seattle 1-0 on aggregate after drawing 0-0 on the road and winning 1-0 in the second leg at home.
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Seattle will look to stay unbeaten at home against Houston and improve from last week’s mediocre performance. In their match against FC Dallas, they failed to record a shot on goal. In fact, FC Dallas didn’t record one either and it was the first time in 4,059 MLS games all-time that a shot on goal was not recorded in a game. The Sounders will enter a new era as they waived striker Kenny Cooper earlier this week. As a result, more eyes will be on the offensive duo of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins who are both expected to start tonight. Dempsey was battling an injury that saw him leave USMNT camp early to come back and recover an rejuvenate from his injury.
They will be needed to show off their versatility and dynamic nature as the Sounders need to control possession and pace from the opening whistle. If not, Owen Coyle’s Dynamo side could take advantage of the opportunity. They are currently 1-1-2 (W-L-T) and have only found the net twice this season. Both sides are hungry to find a goal and this game could easily turn into a scoring feast instead of a highly defensive game.
Both games are aggressive and competitive within a tough Western Conference. Games between conference opponents are very important and teams must get as many points as possible. A loss on a team’s home turf will leave fans disappointed as Orlando City SC fans are all too familiar with this early into to season.
Century Link Field should be rocking as usual as the passionate Sounders fans make it a formidable fortress to play within. Thus, Seattle needs to use this home advantage to their favor as the Sounders currently rank second in MLS attendance behind only Orlando City. This is primarily due to their MLS opener drawing 62 thousand fans. Since then, Orlando has drawn two straight crowds around 32 thousand fans.
Date: Saturday, April 4th
Start Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Location: Century Link Field
TV Info: Root Sports (Houston Area),Q13 Fox (Seattle), Univision Seattle (Spanish)
Live Stream: MLS Live
Radio: KIRO Radio 97.3 FM (Seattle Area), 1560/850 AM
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