The Sounders have one more order of business before heading into the MLS World Cup break: a 7:15 Thursday visit from D.C. United. It’s the second of three straight Sounders dates among the dregs of the league — New England, D.C., and Philly — and they need to take advantage.
Here’s a fairly detailed scouting report from Sigi Schmid from early in the week:
“D.C. obviously they have got a big striker in [Danny] Allsopp, sometimes [Adam] Cristman plays there, too. [Santino] Quaranta is back on the field for them. He’s got some cleverness and ingenuity and can open people up that way. [Chris] Pontius is a very hardworking player on the outside. The middle of their defense, when [Dejan] Jakovic and [Juan Manuel] Pena’s in there, we’re not sure if Pena’s going to play, is pretty solid; a lot of experience. I think with Jakovic he is a good, young, Canadian international, and with [Troy] Perkins they have an experienced goalkeeper. So they are a good team down the middle of the field but they are a team that hasn’t gotten a lot of results this year and as a result, they have been searching for their confidence. But as of late, they have gotten good results so their confidence has gotten better.”
And here’s an early TNT preview:
D.C. UNITED (2-8-1; 7 pts.)
AT SOUNDERS FC (4-5-3; 15 pts.)
7:15 p.m., Qwest Field.
RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 2-0-1, including a 2-1 win at RFK Stadium in last season’s U.S. Open Cup final.
TEAM LEADERS: For D.C. – G 2, Danny Allsopp; A 2, Rodney Wallace; S 17, Allsopp; SOG 11 Allsopp. For Seattle – G 4, Fredy Montero, Steve Zakuani; A 4, Montero; S 32, Montero; SOG 11, Montero.
SIGI SAYS: “We know that D.C. can be a very dangerous team. You can’t look at a team’s record. I know that sounds like coach speak but, at the end of the day, you really can’t because our league is so tight from top to bottom. So we have got to be prepared to play … in the same manner that we played against New England.”
NOTES: D.C. is 0-4 on the road, Seattle 3-3-1 at home. … United is last in MLS in scoring (0.64 gpg) and 15th in goals allowed (1.82 gpg). However, after a 1-8 start to the season, United has a win and a draw over its last two league games. D.C. also is 2-0-1 in the three games started by midfielder Stephen King, who was acquired from Seattle on April 30. … The Sounders are expected to continue with Montero and Pat Noonan as twin strikers, after that formation broke through for three goals in the win against New England on Saturday. … United turned to veteran goalkeeper Troy Perkins in place of 19-year-old Bill Hamid last weekend against Salt Lake, and he responded with D.C.’s first clean sheet of the season. … D.C. assists-leader Wallace, who has started every game, will miss this one with a fractured fibula. Injuries also will cost both teams their regular center backs: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado may be lost to Seattle for the season, while Juan Manuel Pena is expected to sit out with a groin injury that forced him off the pitch last weekend. … The referee is Michael Kennedy.
NEXT: MLS takes a two-week pause during World Cup group play, which begins Friday. Sounders FC returns to action June 27 at Philadelphia.