The Dynamo look to achieve a club record tonight at Seattle and Century Link Field. The game can be seen at 9pm cst. on NBCSN and will once again take “Orange” into a road environment.
The only difference here is the intensity of the environment and a team that is considered a bigger challenge than Chivas USA and San Jose.
A night for veterans:
Road games like this need to be fueled by the leadership of the guys who have been in situations like this before. Dynamo veterans Brad Davis, Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell, Brian Ching (suprised if he plays due to turf), and Cory Ashe , Adam Moffat must produce the leadership.
Tally Hall was massive last year at Seattle making seven saves and helping the Dynamo earn a road point. Last weekend in San Jose he helped preserve the 3 points denying Chris Wondolowski on a few occasions. The “wall” must produce a great night of goalkeeping and make the timely save.
Controlling games through possession is essential in my humble opinion. The Dynamo did not get enough of it against San Jose last weekend but found a way to survive and produce the result. They must find ways to keep the ball in Seattle .
You can play coach here but Dominic Kinnear has some important decisions to make tonight. How fit is Cory Ashe? What shape will JeVaughan Watson and Jermaine Taylor be in after representing Jamaica on Wednesday night?
In the past DK has protected Brian Ching from the turf so he likely will not play I would presume.
How will he midfield be aligned? Could Brad Davis or Colin Clark be moved central and will a rookie like Brian Ownby be “blooded” in this environment?
Does Alex Dixon get the start on the right side despite playing less than 90 minutes last season?
The Sounders have individuals that are dangerous and must be controlled with the Dynamo collective play. From Colombian striker Freddy Montero, Uruguayan Alvaro Fernandez to last weekend’s hat trick hero David Estrada who has burst on the scene.
The Dynamo do get a break in that Argentine Mauro Rosales is out with a sprained knee and likely will be replaced by Roger Levequese, Marc Burch or Christian Siveaback.
Sum of the parts:
The Dynamo are a collective unit and this is what they are known for right now. Being tough to play against, organized, strength of mentality, danger off the free kick. The sum of all the parts could be the difference maker.
Geoff Cameron will likely have to stay home more defensively tonight and truly be good at picking a moment or two to get forward tonight.
Does the pace of Calen Carr or Mac Kandji get the start tonight based on the fact that the Dynamo will have to defend for extended periods of time?
Looking forward to this one! Where are you taking in the Dynamo game tonight? Orange Bar? Richmond Arms? Comfort of your own home?