Saint Louis FC Travels To Tacoma For Wednesday Clash With Seattle Sounders FC 2
Saint Louis FC begins a two-game roadtrip Wednesday night in Tacoma, Washington against Seattle Sounders FC 2. The Chupacabras, who have won four of their last five, will take on Portland Timbers 2 Saturday as well before returning to St. Louis.
Kickoff for Wednesday night’s match is set for 7pm Pacific/9pm The match can be streamed live on the ESPN+ streaming network. Want to watch the game with friends? Head to Kirkwood Station Brewing Company to join the St. Louligans for a Watch Party.
Scroll down for a preview of Wednesday’s match and more.
Last Time Out
Saint Louis FC extended its home winning streak over the weekend with a 3-2 win over Tulsa Roughnecks FC. STLFC opened the scoring just 4 minutes into the match with Lewis Hilton assisting Wal Fall. Hilton would strike himself in the 19th minute after receiving a pass in the penalty area from Kyle Greig. Fall completed his brace in the second half, converting a penalty kick.
Seattle fell to Oklahoma City Energy FC last weekend by a score of 3-0. Four S2 players were shown yellow cards in the contest and Seattle controlled posession for more than 54% of the match, but was outshot 14-7. One S2 player will miss Wednesday’s game due to his actions last weekend.
Where They Stand
With 38 points and a 10-7-8 record on the season, Saint Louis FC sits in a playoff position heading into this road trip. The club is in 7th place, three points behind sixth-place Reno 1868 FC and a single point ahead of the Swope Park Rangers.
Seattle is 5-16-2 on the season. With 17 points the club is in 16th place in the 17-team USL West.
These two club opened the month of August against each other back on August 4th at Toyota Stadium. The Chupacabras won that match 2-0 with goals from Kyle Greig and Austin Ledbetter. While Jake Fenlason picked up the clean sheet in goal that day, coach Pulis still voiced his displeasure with his team’s second half performance.
What To Expect From Saint Louis FC
In the early-August matchup between these clubs, Pulis was upset that his group took its “foot off the pedal” in the second half. He also noted that halftime adjustments that Seattle that had the clubs playing much more even in the second 45.
Pulis will be looking for a more consistent performance from his club Wednesday. He’ll expect them to take care of business.
Scouting Seattle Sounders 2
Youngsters. In a 4-1 loss to Portland Timbers 2 on August 19, coach John Hutchinson played a lineup that AVERAGED 18.4 years old. Players from the Seattle Sounders U-17 Academy team that recently won a national championship have started making their way into more games for S2.
17-year old Azriel González and 16-year old Josh Atencio both started for S2 against Oklahoma City. 16-year olds Alfonso Ocampo-Chávez and Ray Serrano from that U-17 team also saw action in the game.
Against Portland those 4, as well as 17-year olds Khai Brisco and Petter Kingston all saw major minutes. One would expect those youngsters to see playing time against Saint Louis as well.
19-year old Dengo Ulysse has been one of Seattle’s most consistent players. Ulysse did not play in S2’s last game, halting a streak that had seen him play 17 games straight. One would expect him to be back in the lineup Wednesday.
Jesse Daley will be unavailable for selection Wednesday as he served a one-match suspension. He received the suspension after being shown a yellow card last weekend, his fifth of the season.
David Estrada, S2’s elder statesman at 30 years of age, leads the team with nine goals on the season in 23 appearances.
Wednesday’s match will be the first of three games in eight days at home for S2. The club will be looking for its third-straight home win.
Join The Louligans For A Watch Party
You could watch Wednesday night’s game at home. Or you could head to Kirkwood Station Brewing Company and join the St. Louligans supporters’ group for a watch party. Then fun begins with the 9 pm kickoff.
Stanley And Maher Earn Starting Spots With College Teams
Saint Louis FC Academy products Aedan Stanley and Jack Maher are both now with their college teams, Duke and Indiana, respectively.
Jack Maher has earned the starting center back spot with the Hoosiers. The team fell 2-1 in a double overtime thriller to #5 Wake Forest in the season opener. They bounced back to defeat #3 North Carolina 1-0 two days later.
Pack The Park September 8
Saint Louis FC continues its two-match roadtrip this Saturday against Portland Timbers 2. Check back with BallsWaterMedKit later this week for a preview of that match. The Chupacabras return to the friendly confines of Toyota Stadium and World Wide Technology Soccer Park on Saturday, September 8 to face Reno 1868 FC.
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