LOS ANGELES FC v. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

by Charles Therrell (DISK DOKTOR)

Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Green. Every once and a while a young man’s fancy sends him to Southern California. Fancy aside, the Sounders FC have travelled to the Figeroa Street ground of newly-minted LAFC. There is a balance to address, as they spoilt our homecoming. Our goalkeeper sorted you for one go, but expect your fair comeuppance for messing us about at our ground. How many of our lads do you require to succeed, LAFC? Time to show the new boys their place in the league.

We gather the Green Family where we may. Wherever ye may be, shout loud and be bright-eyed. Mind your hosts though, and be kind. Stand tall and support the lads.

Before the kick-off, join me in the auld toast: TO THE SEATTLE SOUNDERS FOOTBALL CLUB…AND VICTORY!!!

Roldie
Perhaps the best of us.

The Good News
We sit on two recent positive results. We have scored our first five goals of the season in only two matches. This after a goalless spell of three matches. We’ve started the machine, and the rest of the league should be properly frightened.

Svensson’s scorcher from last week should give defences nightmares. Bruin has two goals in two matches. Dempsey laid on a genius through-ball for Delem last week. Cristian Roldan is proving a proper number ten if only the Gaffer will play him there on the regular.

Our lads look resilient and sharp. If our lot happen to be in the Southland, raise your voices to an extra level. I wish I could be there, with all my heart.

The Bad News
Bob Bradley is a manager of fair experience, in leagues much harder than MLS.

The LAFC line-up is a murderer’s row of talent and experience.

LAFC managed their trip to Montreal by scoring five goals to the Impact’s three. We were shut out.

Tyler Miller, our former goalkeeper apprentice, has a legitimate axe to grind as he showed by denying us victory last time ’round. I doubt his fire towards us is quenched.

LAFC have won four of six in their expansion year.

LAFC will be undoubtedly chuffed to win in their first match in their new ground.

Know Thine Enemy
Goalkeeper –
Miller, 25, has played 10 matches of German football with SVN Zweibruken. Then a switch to Seattle that saw him play two matches with the Sounders FC, and 34 for the Sounders reserves. The Sounders were kind enough to loan Miller to the LAFC, and they benefit from the teachings he received in the Evergreen. He has played every match for LAFC since his loan, a testament to Tom Dutra’s coaching.

Defence –
Ciman, 32, Before he played in MLS, he played over 150 times for Standard Liege in Belgium. Before that, he had 135 matches in Belgian football. Ciman has 19 caps and one goal for Belgium.

Zimmerman, 24, last played for FC Dallas where he played nearly 90 times over his four years in Texas. He has two United States caps and was rated highly enough that LAFC parted with $500,000 in allocation money to sign him. I’m guessing he’ll suit up.

Jakovic, 32, last played for the New York Cosmos of the new-look NASL. He has nearly 100 matches of MLS experience, all earned with DC United. Jakovic has 40 caps and one goal for Canada.

Midfield –
Beitashour, 31, most recently a champion with Toronto FC last season, played 51 times for Toronto during his two years at the club. Sounders supporters may also remember his time with Vancouver and with San Jose. Beitashour has the better part of 200 matches of MLS experience and earned six caps with Iran. Suffice it to say; he’s highly rated.

Feilhaber, 33, is well-known to our supporters for a rather nasty set of incidences in an MLS Cup play-in match happening to the best of my recollection in 2016. His last club was Kansas City, where he played 180 matches scoring 33 goals in his four years at State Avenue. He has 44 United States caps and two goals in senior internationals. Feilhaber has played over 200 matches of MLS football scoring 34 goals in the league. From 2005-2011, Feilhaber travelled Europe playing for SV Hamburg, Derby County, and Aarhus for a total of 84 first-team matches. It’s not his resume that has me thinking he’ll play though. LAFC parted with $400,000 in allocation money to sign him from Kansas City. Pretty sure he’ll suit up.

Harvey, 34, last played for Vancouver Whitecaps FC where the California native amassed nearly 180 matches played in his six years at Pacific Boulevard. Harvey has 270 matches of MLS experience.

Kaye, 23, has played zero games of MLS first-team football. The Ontario native does, however, have five caps for Canada. Kaye’s last club was Louisville City of the USL where he played 43 times scoring five goals. He is a youth product of Wexford SC and Toronto FC.

Forward –
Urena, 27, is a Costa Rican national who most recently played for San Jose in the MLS. He began his career at Alajuelense in his home country playing 59 times scoring 10 goals. He would later play for Kuban Krasnodar in Russia, FC Midtjylland and Brondby in Denmark. Since his first season in Costa Rica, he’s never played more than 25 matches in a season. His career numbers are 157 matches and 20 goals. Urena has 55 caps and 14 goals for Costa Rica.

Rossi, 20, a young Uruguayan star from Penarol has made an immediate impact at LAFC scoring four goals in six matches. Rossi has 39 youth caps for Uruguay.

Vela, 29, a Mexican national, was produced by CD Chivas and Arsenal FC youth systems. He is most known for his over 200 appearances for Real Sociedad of the Spanish La Liga, where he scored 66 goals. He played at Arsenal, Salamanca, Osasuna, and West Bromwich Albion before his move to Anoeta. Vela has 63 caps and 18 goals for Mexico.

Musings
Seattle should maybe play the following selection: Frei, Torres, Marshall, Nouhou Tolo, Leerdam, Alonso, Svensson, Roldan, Dempsey, Bruin, Lodeiro.

Familiar Faces
Midfielder, Aaron Kovar is on loan at LAFC, but he’s one of ours. Goalkeeper, Tyler Miller, backup Goalkeeper, Charlie Lyon, and midfielder, Callum Mallace were all recently with our Sounders. Defender, Jordan Harvey played for the USL iteration of the Sounders in 2006 as a loan player.

Squads
LAFC from: Miller, Lyon, Beitashour, Blackmon, Ciman, Gaber, Harvey, Jakovic, Moutinho, Zimmerman, Atuesta, Feilhaber, Gaber, Horta, Kaye, Kovar, Mallace, Murphy, Blessing, Brewer, Pacheco, Rossi, Urena, Vela.

Sounders FC from: Frei, Meredith, Brown, Alfaro, Francis, Kim, Leerdam, Marshall, McCrary, Nouhou Tolo, Torres, Alonso, Bwana, Delem, Eikrem, Lodeiro, Neagle, Rodriguez, Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan, Shipp, Svensson, Wingo, Bruin, Dempsey.

Injury List
LAFC –
OUT: Lopez (broken leg).
MATCHDAY DECISION: none.

Sounders FC –
OUT: Morris (ACL).
MATCHDAY DECISION: Shipp (ankle), Kim (calf), Francis (hamstring), Rodriguez (knee), Marshall (neck).

Discipline
None suspended.

Fun Fact
We’re playing at a brandy-new ground. The LAFC Figueroa Street ground is a 22,000 seater with a natural grass surface. Only cost $350M.

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