Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Seattle and Houston Ready to Lock Defensive Horns
MLSnet.com, October 29th, 2009 4PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Seattle Sounders FC, a team with an attacking reputation, knows that advancing in the playoffs requires some defensive discipline. Facing a defensive-minded Houston Dynamo team, Seattle is preparing for a scrappy series. "It's going to be tight defensively," said Seattle defender James Riley, who competed in the playoffs with the New England Revolution. "In the playoffs, you try to re-emphasize team defense. You get (fewer) opportunities, but when you do get opportunities you want to stick it in the net." The two teams have each conceded 29 goals this season, tied for the best mark in the league.

The Sounders, who host the first leg Thursday (10 pm ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes) posted an impressive 2-0-1 record against the Dynamo this season, but Seattle coach Sigi Schmid emphasizes that Seattle will play a different Dynamo team on Thursday than the one it faced earlier in the season. Houston has added the burly Mexican forward Luis Angel Landin. "Technically he is a very, very good player. He's got good size," Schmid said of Landin. "He presents a different element than what we faced when we played against [Kei] Kamara and he is much different than [Dominic] Oduro." Houston has also restored a backline that was decimated by injuries when the two teams played in July.

The two teams are braced for a physical contest. Memories linger of July's U.S. Open Cup melee that saw Seattle's Nate Jaqua finish the game in bloody head wrap. "We know it's going to be a physical game," Riley said. "We aren't going to back down from physical challenges. We aren't going to go in dirty -- we are just going to go in hard like they are." Both coaches, experienced in driving their teams deep into playoffs, will approach the two-leg series as two 90-minute halves. "We're going to play and try to win this over 180 minutes. Unless the score is a big blowout either way, it's going to finish in Houston," said Houston coach Dominic Kinnear. "You can't panic. You have to remain disciplined and remember that even though it's 180 minutes, every minute has some meaning."

 

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Creighton shuts down Jordan Morris    
No. 24 Creighton got goals by freshman Ricky Lopez-Espin and Fabian Herbers to beat No. 13 ...
Redknapp to Sign Two-Year QPR Extension    
Despite losing his first three games of the season, Queens Park Rangers coach Harry Redknapp revealed ...
Hernandez, Juve Agree Personal Terms    
The Corriere dello Sport on Friday reported that Juventus has agreed personal terms with Manchester United ...
Cambiasso Joins Leicester City     
Former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso on Friday officially joined Premier League club Leicester City. The ...
Fringe Players' Pay Could Derail Man United Transfer Plans    
Following the British record $99 million arrival of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, Manchester United ...
Chelsea's Torres Wants AC Milan Move     
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is said to be closing in on a move to AC Milan ...
Report: Gunners Favorite to Sign Falcao on Loan     
ESPN on Thursday reported that AS Monaco has made sought-after striker Radamel Falcao available for a ...
Xabi Alonso Transfer Raises Question Marks in Germany    
Xabi Alonso's 10 million-euro ($13.2 million) transfer from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich has been met ...
Rooney Named England Captain     
Roy Hodgson on Thursday named Wayne Rooney captain of England following the retirement of former captain ...
Van Basten Exhibits 'Severe Symptoms'; Leaves AZ Indefinitely     
Netherlands and AC Milan legend Marco van Basten on Thursday mysteriously left his post as AZ ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives