With the All-Star festivities done and dusted, Seattle Sounders FC (12-6-2, 38points) will focus their attention to scoring goals and winning games when they host the Houston Dynamo (6-11-4, 22points) Saturday night at 7:30p.m. PT in front of a national television audience( ESPN2). SoundersFC have lost their last two games and scored zero goals in the home defeat to the LA Galaxy (3-0)and the road loss to San Jose ( 1-0).It's been 184 minutes since Sounders FC last scored a goal in MLS.The two game skid has left Sounders FC one point back of Sporting Kansas City in the race for the Supporters Shield. Sounders FC still sit atop of the Western Conference.
Houston is currently eight in the Eastern Conference and just five points from the fifth and final spot. In the last several weeks, Sounders FC have had various distractions some self inflicted and others due to bad luck. Chad Marshal and Lemar Neagle are healthy after suffering nagging injuries and De Andre Yedlin is expected back for Sunday's Prime time affair after spending the last two days in London England negotiating with an unnamed Premiere League Club regarding his playing status after the MLS season.
Distractions on no distractions, doubt has been seeing lurking around Seattle and the question being asked is he passing through or is doubt here to stay. For Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid the D word is a non factor for his club.“It’s a streaky league and we’ve been on pretty good streaks,” Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. “We haven’t really had a bad streak yet. For us right now, maybe this is our bad streak and we just have to make sure we get out of it quickly, and I think we have the talent and the ability to get out of it.”
For Sounders FC Sundays game will be about Seattle's ability to regain it's identity as the MLS top scoring team, and defenders of the toughest place to play in the league. In order to right the ship , Sounders FC will need to get back to having their wing players playing close to the touch creating space in the middle of the field so the midfielder players can get the ball to forwards Clint Dempsey and Obefami Martins on the offensive third of the field.
While they have conceded 40 goals in 20 games ( two goals per game average) the Dynamo have made some changes to bolster the the midfield and back line. Luis Garrido was brought in to pair with Honduran countrymen Boniek Garcia to provide a solid back line to midfield link and USNMT legend and stalwart Demarcus Beasley was brought in to provide leadership and experience.Up front Brad Davis,Will Bruin and Tally Hall will try to exploit the Sounders FC back line which should be healthy but unfamiliar with each other due to injuries.