The Sounders play their second game of the MLS season at 7 p.m. Friday, meeting the Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field in a game that will be nationally televised by NBCSN.
The video above is a scouting report from SoundersFC.com.
Below is some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about the Dynamo this week:
Overview: "You look at their team and they're a veteran team-[Andre] Hainault, [Bobby] Boswell, even [Geoff] Cameron has been around a while. Now you have [Brian] Ching, Brad Davis-they've been around a while. [Adam] Moffat was with me already in Columbus; he's been around for five years now. There's a real veteran group there. Dominic [Kinnear]'s team-they're all on the same page in terms of what they're doing and how they're playing. As a result of that, they feel really confident in their style and they feel very confident in their ability to get results."
On the Dynamo defense, which has not yet allowed a goal: "They're just an experienced team. They don't make mistakes. What they're good at is they're not going to beat themselves. They're not going to give you a soft goal necessarily, they're not going to make a mistake, they're not going to get misaligned somehow or cough up a ball in a dangerous situation. They keep it pretty to the basics in the back. They keep it pretty simple and they're not going to beat themselves, so you've got to beat them. That puts the pressure on the other team."
On if it is important to have a team that can match the Dynamo physically: "They're a team that, because they've got good size, because there are guys that are strong on the ball, there are challenges that occur all over the field. They're a team that's very willing to partake in that-part of the game. So you have to be able to match that, but it's the same when you go into any game. You can't say, 'It's going to be our skill against their work rate or their effort.' You have to match their work rate and effort, then you watch things fall where they are. But you always have to come out with the same work rate and same effort as the opponent, and Houston brings into a game a very good work ethic."
On if their experience playing Houston is an advantage: "Every team presents different challenges when you go out there and play. There are certain teams that your particular style of play matches up well with and teams where your style of play doesn't match up well with. They're a team that, for us, is a little more of a difficult matchup because of the way they play and the way we play. It's a little bit different, so it always leads to games that are a little bit not the norm and a little bit more competitive. There's a little more emphasis on duels and winning challenges and so forth. For us, being familiar with them only lets us know we have to be prepared for them."
On how their strength in set pieces affects the back line: "Obviously, you want to be good in the air. Obviously, as part of our training we worked our goalkeepers a lot on crosses today and free kicks-tried to make sure they're ready and they're sharp for that. You don't want to give away free kicks. And corners, keep those to a limited number, that helps you defend them a lot better. But when they come we have to be prepared and if we can get better headers of the ball onto the field, then that obviously helps us."