Seattle Sounders FC v Columbus Crew Preview, Prediction, TV Listings, and Betting Odds
The Sounders look to repeat as US Open Cup champions as they host Columbus in the final. The match will take place at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Kickoff is scheduled for 22:00 EST or 7 PM local time in Seattle.
Seattle Sounders FC v Columbus Crew TV Listings
It will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel in the United States.
Seattle Sounders FC v Columbus Crew Preview
Seattle won the tournament last year and are looking to retain the title on Tuesday evening. The Sounders have a clear advantage with the match being at Qwest Field which is one of the top home crowds in MLS.
Columbus has won the Cup before and once again is in the running for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They are a balanced side that has shown an ability to be strong in MLS, this competition, and the CONCACAF Champions League.
The home field advantage and recent great form of Seattle gives them a clear advantage in this match. Blaise Nkufo and Fredy Montero make up a dangerous attacking force combined with experienced goalkeeper Kasey Keller. Columbus should make it a close match but in the end the Sounders should retain the trophy.
Seattle manager Sigi Schmid
“[Columbus are] a proud team and that score is going to [tick] them off,” Sounders manager Sigi Schmid said after training on Monday. “They’re a team that is going to want to come out and say that [the 4-0 result] is not a reflection of [their] abilities — and it isn’t. They’re too good a team.”
Seattle player Fredy Montero
“It was a lopsided result (4-0 win by Seattle in MLS), but it wasn’t what the game was,” Seattle star Fredy Montero told MLSsoccer.com on Monday. “We absorbed their attack and when we had the opportunities, we converted. It wasn’t that one team was that much better than the other. We defended and attacked when we had to.”
“We’ve had issues scoring penalties in MLS games for some reason, but we had no problems in Portland [US Open Cup Round of 16],” Schmid said. “There are different reasons for maybe why a guy steps up or doesn’t step up at the end of a game, but it’s a decision I make with five minutes to go [in overtime].”
Columbus goalkeeper Will Hesmer
“We know it’s going to be loud and a tough place to play (at Qwest Field), But it’s a chance to win a championship. That’s why we play these games.”
Seattle Sounders FC v Columbus Crew Prediction
Sounders wins 2-1
Seattle Sounders FC v Columbus Crew Betting Odds
Seattle win – 11/10
Draw – 11/5
Columbus win – 2/1