Saturday, October 8, 2011

Philadelphia Union @ Seattle Sounders Preview

Tonight, the Philadelphia Union travel west to face a strong Seattle Sounders squad. The Union are still looking for their first victory on the West Coast, and are also looking to put themselves in a controlling position in the East for the final push to the playoffs.

They face a strong Seattle team, fresh off a 3rd straight victory in the USOC. but Seattle will be without leading scorer, Freddy Montero, due to yellow card accumulation. And the Union have Sebastian Le Toux coming into the prime of his season at the perfect time. Le Toux has scored 7 goals in 6 matches, and looks to lead a Union attack that has seen goals from Farfan and Mapp in recent matches.

But the Union face a Seattle team still alive in the hunt for the Supporters Shield, and are fighting hard to get it. They won't go down without a fight. Despite missing their leading scorer, Seattle still has a potent attack, a strong defense and a veteran goalie.

But the Union aren't coming into this match riding only Le Toux to victory. The Union backline has remains at the top of the East in all defensive categories, and MacMath has performed well since the injury to Mondragon.

So it will be a tough fight for the Union tonight, and any result will be welcome. Points are tough to come by at the end of the season, especially after a 3000 mile flight in the loudest stadium in the MLS. It will be a tough fight for the Union on the road.

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