Following a dramatic finish that saw the Sounders go from a goal down to finish 2-1 in minutes, the Sounders will face a more difficult and crazy match as they travel to Honduras to face CD Olimpia Wednesday night.
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After the first 2 group matches of the CCL Group Stage, the Sounders are sitting in a solid position with 4 points, but the physical nature of the first match against Olimpia may be something Sounders fans worry about, given the teams injury woes this season. Beyond the physical nature of the match, the Sounders should be facing a very intense atmosphere, especially following the exciting finish in Seattle. The level of passion for soccer/football among Latin American teams is always a talking point, and usually for good measure. The Sounders won’t be able to relax too much on the road in Honduras.
“I think I know how Latin American teams think, so I’m pretty sure they’ll be a little fighty, a little more aggressive in the field and off the field,” Sounders FC midfielder Gonzalo Pineda
Sounders FC is the only side in Group F to have played 2 games so far, and so if they can secure a result on the road in Honduras, the team will be sitting on 5 points through 3 games and in a good position to advance to the next round. However, another positive result against Olimpia is not going to be a walk in the park, the Honduran side nearly knocked off Seattle at home, after all, and they will be motivated by a (most likely) raucous home crowd.
The Sounders will need more consistent play from the midfield and the forwards to get on the score sheet early (and hopefully often) to secure a result down South, and their opponents rested a majority of their starters for their weekend match to be more prepared and rested for their shot at revenge against the boys in Rave Green.
The environment should provide some advantage for the home side, the Estadio Nacional sites some 3,000 feet above sea level and boasts a seating capacity of 34,000 in their bowl. Last season our rivals from Portland visited Honduras with a lead in their group stage, but lost 3-1 after conceded 2 goals in the opening 5 minutes.
Wednesday night should be a thrilling encounter, let’s hope for the boys from Seattle it ends with another point on top of the group!