After what seems like an eternity, the Seattle Sounders will be playing their first home game of the 2017 MLS season against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, March 19 at 4 PM. The Sounders are coming off a thrilling come from behind draw against the Montreal Impact while the Red Bulls defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0.
The last time we saw the Sounders at home was on Tuesday, Nov 22 against the Rapids in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals. At lot has changed since then. They became MLS Champions, lost a few players, and got Clint Dempsey back as well.
It will be interesting to see what lineup head coach Brian Schmetzer comes out with. He made only one change in his starting XI that took the field in week one against the Houston Dynamo compared to the one that took the field against the Impact. He opted to have Harry Shipp to start the game over Alvaro Fernandez and it appeared to be a good change. We could see Oniel Fisher start at right back over Gustav Svensson on Sunday.
When Fisher entered the game against the Impact, he made an immediate impact (no pub intended). He earned the penalty that got the Sounders on the board and was also responsible for the pass that found Cristina Roldan open on the right side that eventually led to the game-tying goal. Take a look at the Sounders possible starting XI for this game.
The one thing the Sounders need to do is not start the game flat as they did the last two weeks. If they can play the way the did in the second half of both games in the first half, the Sounders will have a great chance to win their first game of the season.
As it stands, the Sounders at currently sitting in seventh place of the Western Conference standings. It's only the third game of the season but the Sounders could use some wins so they aren't trying to dig themselves out of a huge hole like they had to last season.