Sounders ready for Austin FC challenge, Alex Roldan discusses keys to success

Interview: Alex Roldan on preparation heading into a visiting Austin FC
Interview: Alex Roldan on preparation heading into a visiting Austin FC / Seattle Sounders FC

The Seattle Sounders FC are gearing up for their upcoming match against Austin FC, with both teams looking to get points on the board. In a recent interview, Alex Roldan, a key player for the Sounders, discussed the team's preparation and the challenges they face.

One of the main concerns for the Sounders is Austin FC's attacking prowess. Roldan acknowledges Austin FC's strong coaching and talented players, emphasizing the need for the Sounders to be defensively sound while also looking to exploit opportunities on the counter-attack. Their high-pressing style, known for creating scoring chances, will be crucial in dictating the flow of the game.

The interview also touched on the impact of injuries, which are a reality in any sport. While acknowledging the challenge, Roldan sees it as an opportunity for other players to step up and showcase their abilities.

The Sounders also have an advantage in their new home turf field at Lumen Field. The faster playing surface, according to Roldan, allows for a quicker passing game, potentially benefiting the Sounders' style of play.

However, the key to success, as Roldan points out, lies in finishing. He emphasizes the importance of patience, good decision-making, and a more aggressive approach in the final third of the field. He also highlights the value Pedro de la Vega brings to the team, praising his ability to create scoring opportunities in crucial areas.

With the match approaching, the Sounders seem prepared for the challenge. Roldan's insights offer a glimpse into the team's strategy and their focus on capitalizing on their strengths while navigating the challenges posed by Austin FC. Fans can expect an exciting encounter as both teams strive for victory.

Currently ranked 11th in the Western Conference, Seattle Sounders FC will play their first home game of the season on Saturday, March 2nd, at 7:30PM PT. The match will take place at Lumen Field, where the Sounders will face Austin FC.

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