cross-conference battle between New England and Seattle kicks off at Gillette
Stadium in Boston on Saturday. Can the struggling Sounders get back on track
with a win over the Revolution this weekend?
The Revolution are playing their best soccer of the season, and maybe that's why they're favorites for the meeting with Seattle - that, and
the fact that they'll be at home, where they're 4-1-2 on the season.
Soccer odds makers have New England at +140 while the visiting Sounders
can be backed at +185, certainly good value no matter how poorly they may be
playing of late.
Amazingly enough, after a scorching start to the season,
Seattle has gone winless over their previous seven matches.
Sounders on a slippery slope
This string of poor play and bad luck has the Sounders all
the way down in fourth place in the Western Conference standings now, a far cry
from where they were only a few weeks back.
Last weekend they fell in Portland 2-1 to the Timbers. Goals
from Kris Boyd and David Horst proved too much for the Sounders to overcome,
despite a second-half consolation from Eddie Johnson. To make matters worse,
Fredy Montero was given his marching orders right before the final whistle
following a completely unnecessary scuffle.
The Sounders now play New England, who are unbeaten over
their last three. They beat Chicago 2-0 on June 2 and then had successive draws
against Columbus and Toronto.
What a match it was against the Reds
New England was down 2-0 through 71 minutes of play before
Blake Brettschneider made things interesting with a goal. Then, in the fourth
minute of stoppage time, Chris Tierney scored on a header to tie the match up
and give the Revolution a point out of nothing.
Despite not finding the net this past weekend, Saer Sene
continues to score goals at a good clip for New England. He has seven in league
play, five more than any other player on the Revolution.
Sene, a French-born striker, fell out of favor for FC Bayern
Munich II, the reserve team of the Champions League finalists and made the jump
to America hoping to start fresh. We'd say it's worked out quite nicely.
Viva la Revolution
He may have his hands full this weekend though up against a
Sounders squad that's allowed only 16 goals in 16 matches, the fewest out of
all Western Conference teams.
For Seattle, Eddie Johnson and Mauro Rosales have been
making things happen during these hard times. Johnson shares the lead with five
goals on the seaso, while Rosales has three assists thus far.
The Sounders might be having a hard go of things right now and, yes, they are away from the comfortable confines of their crazy home field
advantage. But, this is still an excellent team, and it's not like they've been
terrible away from home. They're 2-2-3 with a positive goal differential.
Still, the Revolution are in good form at the moment and
have lost only one match at home. Plus, they play a Seattle team that's without
Fredy Montero, who was a thorn in New England's side (two goals) in his only
appearance against them last season, and young playmaker David Estrada, who's
out with a broken left foot.
Those are two humungous losses for the Sounders.
We will recommend staying away from Seattle until they show
us that they've turned it around. Back the Revolution as favorites.
England Revolution +140