The Seattle Sounders vs Sporting KC match will take place this Saturday, March 8, 2014 (12:00 PM Pacific). With the praise and adoration of the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl victory still hanging in the air at Century Link Field, the Sounders have even more to play for, town pride. Like the days gone by where street cred was THE badge of honor inside a town, Seattle is gaining prowess day by day. With a Super Bowl victory AND the signing of Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners happening within the past two months Seattle’s “cred” continues to rise. Knocking Super Bowl victors off the pedestal of “Big Man on Campus” is what the Sounders are up against this coming year starting Saturday.
Sporting KC come to Century Link Field on Saturday as their own “Big Man on Campus”, as they have winning last seasons MLS Cup backing them. After a “victorious” season, Sporting KC will look to show they are able to repeat as champions starting on Saturday in Seattle. With the defensive force Sporting KC has look for the Sounders to be patient with possession.
Seattle is going to need an inspired performance from not only the players on the pitch; but also, the fans in the stands. Creating a disruptive environment to play in is one of the benefits of playing at Century Link Field. The noise that can be created from the ruckus fans enjoying a match of this caliber will only help to spur on the hometown team. With fans and players alike ready to get the new season kicked off this weekend we are on the cusp of a spectacle.
Seattle can start this season off well if they stick to their game without being intimidated by Sporting KC’s might. With newly acquired, Clint Dempsey, on loan to former Premier League club Fulham, Brad Evens and Osvaldo Alonso will need to puck up the slack left by Dempsey. Both of these players will need to create just as they did last season. While neither of them are particularly “deadly” in front of goal, they do have the ability to change a game through outlet passes, or dropping deep and helping the defense.
Seattle Sounders vs Sporting KC Prediction
Seattle has an advantage this year in getting to kick the rust of last season off against last year’s champions, which means games can only get easier. However, looking past this game would be a big mistake for a Sounders team who is hoping this year could rocket them into Major League Soccer stardom. If the Sounders can be solid defensively whilst patiently waiting to break down the fortress around KC’s goal, the season could start positively for the Sounders. Prediction: Sounders 1-1 Sporting KC
Seattle Sounders vs Sporting KC Television Info
The Sounders vs Sporting KC match will be televised on NBC Sports Network and MLS Live.