The playoffs always bring in new fans, so here’s a quick refresher of Seattle’s standouts as well as the key players for the Galaxy.
Columbian Fredy Montero is Seattle’s key forward; over a stretch of 11 games through June to August, Montero scored seven goals and added six assists. However he only has three goals outside of this stretch and hasn’t found the back of the net since August 28th, though he has recorded one assist. Blaise Nkufo, who has 27 caps with Switzerland, joined the club after the world cup and contributed five goals. Steve Zakuani, first pick in the 2009 MLS Superdraft had two goals and five assists over the last six games, tallying 10 goals on the season.
Zakuani and Montero on the left side represent 20 goals for the Sounders, so it’ll be interesting to see who Bruce Arena matches up on that side. Likely Landon Donovan will be in that mix, but whether he starts at Forward or in the Midfield will dictate who his mate on the left side of the field is. Donovan has had a league leading 16 assists for the Galaxy, while his partner in crime Edson Buddle has struck home 17 goals, second best in MLS.