Seattle Sounders 2 In St. Louis This Weekend For Match With Saint Louis FC
Coming off an important win last weekend, Saint Louis FC faces Seattle Sounders 2 at World Technology Soccer Park in St. Louis Saturday night. Kickoff Saturday night in Fenton is set for 7:30 pm.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 is 4-13-2 on the season while Saint Louis FC is 6-6-8.
For tickets to the match on what should be a beautiful St. Louis Summer evening, head over to SaintLouisFC.com or call 636-680-0997.
Scroll down for a preview of Saturday’s match and more.
Don’t want to drive out to Fenton Saturday? Take the free Pub 2 Park shuttle.
Last Time Out
Sam Fink scored in second half stoppage time last Saturday to give Saint Louis FC a much-needed win over Reno 1868 FC by a score of 2-1. STLFC caught a rare break in the 15th minute when a Reno player was shown his second yellow card of the match and sent off.
Seattle got a brace from Lamar Neagle and a goal from David Estrada last Thursday to beat Las Vegas Lights FC 3-0 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma Washington. Two of Seattle goals came in the second half while Las Vegas was down to nine men on the field. Marcelo Alatorre received his second yellow and was sent off in the 45th minute for the visitors. Carlos Alvarez delivered a vicious elbow to the face of a Seattle player less than two minutes later and was also sent off.
Da Silva Stays Put
In addition to having Joey Calistri on the couch, the lads on the This Is Silly! podcast revealed on their latest episode that Pierre Da Silva will be staying with the Chupacabras for at least one more match. Da Silva was originally brought to St. Louis on a two-game loan from Orlando City of Major League Soccer back on July 18. Saturday’s match will be the 19-year old’s third on the current loan. Da Silva joined STLFC on a one-match loan back in May as well.
Da Silva has been impressive for STLFC in the last two matches. Against Orange County SC on July 21 he was named the Man of the Match after scoring late in the match to draw the teams even. Last weekend in Reno it was a foul on the youngster in the 15th minute that resulted in Eric Calvillo being sent off.
Scouting Seattle Sounders FC II
As the USL affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, S2 features a young lineup on most nights. Seven players 20 years of age or younger have appeared in at least ten matches for the team this season and 19-year old defender Deno Ulysse leads all players on the team with 1,566 minutes played.
19-year old Felix Chenkam is second on the team with 4 goals in 11 matches this season, but hasn’t scored since May 6.
The S2 lineup could get even younger as players from the Sounders Academy U-17 squad are integrated into the lineup. That team recently won a national championship. 17-year old Azriel González has played in the last two S2 matches while 16-year olds Alfonso Ocampo-Chávez and Ray Serrano as well as 17-year old Marlon Vargas could see game action over the rest of the season. None of the four will likely be available in St. Louis, however, due to the U-18 tournament currently taking place in Japan.
On the other end of the spectrum, 30-year old David Estrada leads S2 with 9 goals in 19 appearances this season. MLS veteran and former USL Golden Boot winner Lamar Neagle also played 90 minutes for S2 against Las Vegas. No word on if the latter will be in St. Louis.
John Hutchinson’s young Sounders 2 squad is said to play an exciting brand of soccer. While they lack the experience of some older USL lineups, the potential and pure talent of their youngsters makes them a dangerous opponent.
What To Expect From Saint Louis FC
In addition to having Da Silva for an extra game, fans may see a bit of a new look for the Chupacabras. Dale Schilly made note on this week’s edition of FC Soccer Weekly on KTRS and Anthony Pulis went with a 3-5-2 formation last Saturday against Reno. Was that a one-time strategy to take advantage of the formation utilized by the opponent? A new look to take full advantage of the available personnel? We shall see.
In this week’s edition of the Blue Chip Pest Control Buggin’ The Coaches segment, Pulis spoke on the importance of building off last week’s win while being prepared for a young Sounders 2 squad.
In other news, Michael Cox has been medically cleared to begin training with the club. The forward was acquired earlier this month from Nashville SC. While he isn’t expected to play this weekened, it is a good sign to he that he will be training with STLFC.
Unsung Heros Night
Saturday night at Toyota Stadium will be Unsung Heros Night with Saint Louis FC. At 5 pm, a team comprised of St. Louis First Responders will take on a team of Fort Leonard Wood Military Personnel. A $20 ticket can be purchased that will allow entry into both the charity match and the USL match after. $8 from the price will also benefit First Responders.
Pack The Park
The weather forecast for Saturday night in Fenton calls for clear skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. As far as the St. Louis Summer goes, a relatively great evening.
STLFC will be handing out a limited number of free t-shirts to fans as they enter Toyota Stadium Saturday night. The club reportedly called a last minute audible of the previous plan to give out free hugs.
Don’t feel like driving yourself out to Soccer Park? Saint Louis FC and JED Transportation provides the complimentary Pub 2 Park Shuttle. On Saturday night, the shuttle will leave at 5:30 pm from Mission Taco in Soulard, 6 pm from Amsterdam Tavern and 6:30 pm from Sugarfire 44 in Fenton. The shuttle departs Soccer Park 15 minutes after the match ends to bring fans back to their original locations. Reserve your spot on the Pub 2 Park program page.
Tickets to see Saint Louis FC take on Seattle Sounders FC 2 can be purchased in advance online at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997. The Marco Box Office at Soccer Park will also be open before the match, although tickets are reportedly limited.
Already have your tickets to the match and plans made to get out to the Park? Remember that the St. Louligans supporters group hosts their traditional tailgate in the World Wide Technology Soccer Park parking lot begining no earlier than 5:30 pm Saturday. This week’s tailgate will feature a Nacho Bar and a suggested donation of $5, which goes to the Charity Du Jour designee for the week. Proceeds from the nachos, empty cups and whatever else they decide to sell will go to the Unsung Heros & First Responders groups being honored at halftime by STLFC.
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