Bmo Field, 7pm E.D.T Gol TV
Ah Seattle, 3-0 winners against TFC at Qwest Field earlier this year and probably looking at this as an opportunity to get another three points against an injury riddled TFC squad. When you look at the fact that they're 3rd in the much tougher Western Conference, then you might think that that's more than likely what will happen. You might be wrong though.
in much the same way TFC are "only 3 points out of third place", Seattle are only three points out of 6th place, with teams behind them having plenty of games in hand. Take out that 3-0 stuffing they gave TFC and their goal difference is exactly 0. They've struggled to score goals since losing Steve Zakuani and O'Brian White, with only 8 in 8 games since they put 3 past our heroes, and in their last game they couldn't even beat Vancouver. In short they're beatable.
The only problem with that of course is that we're TFC, so they`re probably right to be confident, though the three game unbeaten streak does give some hope. Can TFC build on their good performances away from home in LA and New England, and get three points? Or even just give us a bit more entertainment than the last home game against kansas City?
The early injury news, thanks to Luke Wileman's twitter is that Nana Attakora, Jacob Peterson and Julian de Guzman will not be playing, while after missing training, Alan Gordon will be a gameday decision. I'd expect that to be just playing it safe after this recent return and that he will take his place at Centre Forward, and that the starting lineup will probably be the same as that which took the field in New England.
De Guzman's absence puts to bed one possible talking point, whether he should get his place at Defensive Midfield back from Nathan Sturgis, who's done a decent job in his absence. While you'd hate to see players lose their spot merely for going away on international duty, Sturgis hasn't really done anything to lose his spot either so it would be a tough call. If Sturgis can put in another good game against his former club, then we may well have a full blown controversy on our hands, which given how he seemed so far down the depth chart just a month ago really says something about how far De Guzman's stock has fallen.
Doneil Henry will get another chance to stake his claim to a continued starting spot when reinforcements arrive, and hopefully we might get some answers to just how to fit Maicon Santos into the attack successfully. Overall, I think we'll play well, but it will end up a draw, probably 1-1.
My travels continue and I'll be in Vienna while this one takes place, it'll be 1am, which I think is very doable, so again, if anyone has a stream, let me know, cheers.
Come on you Reds!