Saturday, May 21, 2011

Seattle Sounders FC vs Sporting Kansas City preview. Will Omar Bravo play tonight? It's been a long road trip for KC.

By Money Mike

The Seattle Sounders get ready for their second of three straight matches at home as they take on Sporting Kansas City tonight at 7pm. Last week, the Sounders came away with a disappointing 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers. They got on the scoresheet first in the 52nd minute with Alvaro Fernandez's low left foot drive, only to let it slip away in the 65th minute as Portland responded with a goal by Futty Danso. As for Kansas City, well, it's been a rough start to their season. First 10 games of the season on the road and this is their 8th of 10, due to the construction of the new Livestrong Sporting Park. Their home-opener isn't until June 9th when they take on the Chicago Fire. Since their 3-2 win in week 1 against Chivas USA. KC have only managed a point and that came against the Vancouver Whitecaps in which they blew a 3-0 lead. It's just been for Kansas City. Teal Bunbury could be playing his last match for Kansas City before the start of the Gold Cup, U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley will announce who will be selected on Monday.

Injury report:

Sporting Kansas City - Alright, for KC, rookie third round pick Konrad Warzycha is out for this match with Right Knee Surgery. As a matter of fact, he's out for the season. Omar Bravo has been out since week 3 with a Sports Hernia injury, he is listed as probable for this match. Birahim Diop has a strained right hamstring and is listed as probable as well. And finally, Davy Arnaud, the first player to score against the Sounders, has a neck strain and he is listed as probable.

Seattle Sounders FC - For the men in rave green, I'm gonna skip Zakuani, we already know he's out. O'Brian White is making progress since being released from the hospital following his blood clot surgery on this left leg, we could see him soon, but not tonight. Mauro Rosales has a hamstring strain, Brad Evans strained his adductor last week against Portland and Erik Friberg has a sprained ankle. All three of them are listed as questionable.

Key matchups:

Kei Kamara vs Jhon Kennedy Hurtado - An offensive threat from Sierra Leone, Kamara is tied for the team lead with 3 goals and 2 assists. Hurtado is close to regaining his all-star form from 2009, he's made a lot of progress since his ACL injury he suffered last season.

Fredy Montero vs Julio Cesar - Montero has been involved in scoring plays the last 6 games and is still due for a breakout game. I don't like the fact that you fans are trashing Montero, saying they should "get rid of him", "bench him", "he's not a Designated player", "he's not good enough", "he never get's involved". Seriously guys, quit bitching. He leads the league in shot attempts, his contributions count to more than just goals, all the statements you people have made are just rediculus. Chill out, he'll come through. Brazilian defender Julio Cesar will have load to carry this match. But as a veteran who has played for teams like A.C. Milan, Real Madrid, Bolton Wanderers, ect.. he's used to it.

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