The Seattle Sounders have found their stride.
Behind the strike force of Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle, the Sounders may be the hottest team in MLS. Three wins in a row have the Sounders forgetting about some of their early struggles and looking to stay on top of the Western Conference with a win on Saturday over a Philadelphia team that hasn't tasted victory in over a month.
The Union, who last won on March 15 against the New England Revolution, have seen seven games come and pass since that win. With three of those seven matches ending in losses, Philadelphia finds itself sitting on just eight points from nine matches. The last thing the Union will want at this point is to face a Seattle side that is on a roll and trying to once again turn its home field into a fortress.
"You always want to do well at home. You want it to be a fortress. You want it to be a place where people know it's going to be difficult to get points," Dempsey said to the club's website after beating Colorado last week. "Getting in a good rhythm has allowed us to come here and put in a good performance. Now it's about that confidence of playing at home and continuing that moving forward."
Containing Dempsey and Martins will be the big challenge for the Union, but finding the net will be just as important for a club that has scored just nine times this season, just one more than Dempsey's personal total of eight.
“The chances are there for me and other players here and we just need to capitalize,” Union forward Andrew Wenger said to the club's official site. “I believe that once we get the first one, a bunch more will come. We’ll get going and get on a roll. We just have to keep working. We have to keep creating chances. It takes a little thing here or there."
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