by Charles Therrell (DISK DOKTOR)
Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Green. We grow closer to the end of the MLS season. After this match, there will only be three left. Our auld rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC are visiting the south for a rare midweek fixture. Support is crucial at this junction of the year. We have seen a great resurgence of our club. It has waned in recent fixtures. That is no call to give up hope. I will never give up hope. Our lads represent so many different things. The Pacific Northwest. The city of Seattle. The MLS. The United States FA. And us lot. Things have been not as well as we’d like. But we will not give over. We will persevere with our boys in Green. We shall stand tall in the Brougham End and greet the visitors with our cry. Our voices will be heard. One club. One voice. Perhaps the difference will be goals rather than strikes off the bar or the post. I will never lose confidence in the lads. Regardless of the numbers, I believe we will be victorious over the Whitecaps FC this night. Join me in the auld toast: TO THE SEATTLE SOUNDERS FOOTBALL CLUB AND VICTORY!!!
The Good News
The side outside of a few players including Morris is healthy. We have man for man, arguably the most talented and accomplished side in the league. The Sounders have only lost one match this season at Royal Brougham Park. This should brand us as favourites to win.
Vancouver have a kind of take it or leave it away form (5-2-6), this should be encouraging. It’s also the type of statistic that should make our number realise how important they may factor into this match. I’d say supporters take note, but it’s clear you already know the level of support that must be achieved. We must needs keep it Green.
The Bad News
Where to start? Our resurgence has hurtled back to earth like a catapult shot. Vancouver sit 5th in the league, four places above us and four points clear. We have no wins in our last five matches. Vancouver have been unbeaten in their last five matches, winning four of them. In their last 10 matches, Vancouver have only lost once.
The all-time season series is even at 7-5-7. This season, we have yet to defeat the Whitecaps, as we have one draw and have lost once to them.
The maths are right out, as they have been unable to predict the last several results. Therefore, something must be wrong in the team. I have no idea what this is. Chemistry? Tactics? Effort? Fatigue? Fitness? I pray that there’s nothing wrong in the dressing room.
The raw maths say that Vancouver is more likely to score two goals in the match. Given our recent form, there’s nothing to dissuade me from thinking that will indeed be the case. Statistically, the likely result is a draw. But the numbers that favour us, haven’t been a proper indicator of results of late. So I feel the numbers indicate a dead heat. I literally have no idea what’s going to occur.
Know Thine Enemy
Ousted, 32, is a veteran ‘keeper and has over 200 matches in Danish football. Over 100 of those with Randers FC, which competed twice in the Europa League during his time there.
Nerwinski, 22, is newly recruited out of UConn (NCAA). The New Jersey native played 72 matches at Storrs, scoring five times. He’s played only 15 MLS matches in his first year. It is my assessment that Nerwinski is cover for the injured Edgar.
Waston, 29, has 16 caps for Costa Rica and over 170 appearances as a pro.
Parker, 24, is a domestic product who played his NCAA football at St. Johns, he has played just over 70 games as a professional.
de Jong, 30, developed by PSV Eindhoven is a veteran of 165 matches in Dutch football and nearly 70 matches of German football. He’s played 30 matches of MLS football and has 55 caps for Canada.
Jacobsen, 31, developed by California (NCAA), has over 200 matches of MLS experience. He had loan spells at both Lorient and Stabæk. He’s played nearly 50 times for Vancouver since his move there in 2016.
Tchani, 28, is a Cameroonian-born naturalised American developed by Beach FC and Virginia (NCAA) with over 170 pro appearances. He has earned caps for both United States and Cameroon. Tchani moved to Pacific Boulevard just this year after having played 130 times for Columbus.
Bolanos, 33, Developed by Saprissa. Played 170 times in Denmark and Norway. ? total MLS Matches for Vancouver. Bolanos has 74 caps and six goals for Costa Rica.
Reyna, 23, is a Peruvian international developed by Alianza Lima. After playing nearly 50 matches for Alianza he spent the next two years with RB Salzberg, this included loans to two other Austrian clubs and also at Leipzig in Germany. His tour in Austria and Germany saw him feature in 72 matches in all before his transfer to Vancouver this year. Reyna has six caps and two goals for Peru.
Techera, 25, is an Uruguayan national produced by Penarol and River Plate Montevideo. He played for River Plate (the one in Uruguay, not Argentine) 74 times scoring nearly 20 goals before his loan to BC Place. His move has since been made permanent and he has appeared 55 times for the ‘Caps scoring 14 goals.
Montero, 30, We know him all too well. Success at his Colombian teams, then in Seattle, and then in Europe and China. His transfer fee to Sporting Lisbon totalled $2.75M. His transfer fee from Sporting to Tianjin TEDA was €5M. His career goals: matches ratio is over 36%. He is the most dangerous attacker in the Vancouver side.
Backup goalkeeper, Richey: This dude is Mister Seattle. Born in Seattle. Played for Tacoma Tide, Washington Crossfire, Puget Sound Gunners, and NCAA career at UDub. Add to this eight USA U-17 caps. Rosales played 86 times for Seattle Sounders FC scoring 12 goals. Montero played 119 times for the Sounders scoring 47 Goals and helped us win three US Open Cups.
Sounders FC from: Frei, Miller, Meredith, Nouhou, Marshall, Alfaro, Leerdam, Torres, Jones, Fisher, Svensson, Alonso, Roldan, Rodriguez, Lodeiro, Kovar, Shipp, Delem, Wingo, Mathers, Dempsey, Adekoya, Morris, Bruin, Neagle.
Vancouver from: Ousted, Marinovic, Richey, Harvey, Waston, Seiler, Maund, Williams, Parker, Nerwinski, Levis, Bolanos, Jacobsen, Mezquida, Techera, Tchani, de Jong, Shea, Reyna, Teibert, Bustos, Igiebor, Ghazal, Davies, Rosales, Montero, Hurtado, Ibini-Isei.
Sounders FC –
OUT: Evans (back), Morris (hamstring), Mallace (quadriceps).
MATCHDAY DECISION: None.
OUT: Edgar (PCL, MCL), Laba (ACL).
MATCHDAY DECISION: Bolanos (knee).
None suspended this match. Tchani is out next match if booked tonight.
Cristian Roldan could have chosen to represent Guatemala, but rather than play for Los Chapines, he chose to wait for his Yanks callup. Well done, Roldie!