Match Preview: Union vs Seattle Sounders, Saturday May 18th at 7:30

The Union will look to retake their position at the top of the East against the Sounders on Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Eastern second-place Union (7-3-2, 23 points) will battle the Western second-place Sounders (7-4-1, 25 points) in another test for the Union. The Union have won three straight and four of their last five; Seattle has won their last two. The Union slid into second place due to no fault of their own thanks to D.C. United’s mid-week draw, but the Union now have a match in hand on the Rooney Bunch.

What’s going for the Union:

  1. They are at home. The boys in blue have been perfect at home since their first match, rolling off five straight victories while outscoring their opponents 16-2. Talen Energy Stadium has become a fortress from which opposing teams do not escape with points.
  2. They are rolling. They are beating bad teams. They are beating good teams. We still don’t have a measure on how good they are, but we know that they’re definitely good by this point in the season.
  3. Marco Fabian is back. It takes a match or two to knock the rust off and get your timing back, and Fabian played last week. We’ll most likely see a more in-sync Fabian tomorrow.

What’s not going for the Union:

  1. Seattle is also good. This is not like playing Cincinnati or New England. This is yet another test for the Union. The West looks stronger than the East and it’ll be up to the Union to show the Sounders they can’t breeze in and get a result.
  2. Honestly, not much else.

The prediction:

The Union have played consistently well to the point where I am afraid to pick against them until they show me I should, so this is three more points to our boys in blue.

Union 2, Sounders 1

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