1. The offensive structure
With Nicolas Lodeiro’s absent due to a hamstring injury despite playing in midweek, it is fair to question whether the Seattle Sounders being extra cautious with their star creator. Consider that both Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin are on course to return to action before the Uruguay international.
And with Lodeiro on the sidelines, the one player who appears to be missing him most is Raul Ruidiaz. The usually prolific striker has yet to score in three competitive matches this year. Meanwhile, Miguel Ibarra got the start on Sunday and is already proving to be a useful acquisition. He is active all over the field and although he should have scored at least one goal, he’s going to be a key depth player as the season progresses.
And so, with Man of the Match Jordan Morris a mainstay on one flank, how Brian Schmetzer handles the remainder of the offensive positions will determine Seattle’s success this season. The one clear positive is that he has a whole host of options to rotate between. This provides versatility and flexibility, and it might just fire the Sounders to a wonderful 2020.
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