The boys in blue will attempt to recover from the beating they took midweek as they face a Seattle team fighting for first in the West.
The Union (9-9-13, 36 points, 11th in East) will take on the Seattle Sounders (12-11-8, 47 points, 2nd in West) in yet another tough match on Sunday afternoon. Just four days after taking a 3-0 pounding in Atlanta, they’ll face a Seattle team on the same amount of rest who thumped Vancouver 3-0. While Seattle is pushing for the top seed in the West and is back a single point, the Union are fighting to stay above last in the East, just four points up on DC United for that dubious distinction.
The boys in blue have won just one match in their last eight.
Of interest will be if manager Jim Curtin continues to deploy Warren Creavalle at the defensive midfielder spot in order to push Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin further up the field. The tactic worked in the second half of the RBNY match as well as in the Chicago Fire match at home (the lone win in the last eight matches).
With one more goal, C.J. Sapong can break the Union single-season goal scoring record of 14, co-held now by him and Union legend Sebastien Le Toux.
The U haven’t been mathematically eliminated yet but it would take a miracle to get them in. In fact, they could already be eliminated by the end of Saturday’s results. They’re playing for pride and for their next contracts at this point, and for Curtin, he may be managing for his job.
In their efforts, the boys in blue will have to solve Stefan Frei, who’s having a Goalkeeper of the Year-caliber season, but they’ll have last year’s Goalkeeper of the Year at their back in Andre Blake who’s in fine form now, having shaken off of the rust from his hand injury. They’ll also have to contend with the nettlesome Clint Dempsey, although they’ll miss Jordan Morris who’s out with a right hamstring strain.
Will they win this? It’s unlikely. In MLS though, weird things happen at home, like the Union beating the Fire 3-1. Still, I’m skeptical.
Sounders 2, Union 1