Seattle can show why they are MLS kings in New York
City were beaten 48 hours ago in cup derby with Red Bulls
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In fact, with evidence that the Sounders are starting to click and a schedule which works against the hosts, the visitors might just be worth a nibble.
Patrick Vieira’s New Yorkers have lost only once at Yankee Stadium this season and haven’t failed to find the net since the opening weekend of the MLS campaign.
Up to third in the Eastern conference, they are going well, even without crocked World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo.
But they were beaten by the Red Bulls in a grudge Battle of the Big Apple on Thursday night in the US Open Cup, and Vieira sent out a full-strength side for that assignment.
Two matches in 48 hours will test the very best in terms of fitness, especially someone like eight-goal top scorer David Villa – the 35-year-old played the full 90 at Red Bull Arena.
This is, of course, the ultimate road trip for the Sounders, who played their US Open Cup tie against Portland 24 hours earlier to factor in the travel time for this fixture. As it happened it didn’t matter since coach Brian Schmetzer rested most of his top stars with this trip in mind.
The western powerhouses and reigning MLS champions have taken only five points out of a possible 24 on the road. But they have won four of their last five in all competitions.
Scoring goals has been a problem – just 18 in 15 outings – but with Clint Dempsey playing well and chances being created, the goals should come. Dempsey found the net on Seattle’s previous visit to the Bronx which resulted in a 3-1 win for the Sounders.
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