The Caps should be rested and refuelled ahead of their important Cascadia rivalry game against one of the major title contenders, the Seattle Sounders. Seattle currently sits atop of the MLS table with 25 points thanks to an extraordinary start to the season. That being said, Seattle's last two games haven't lived up to their high standards. A measly 1-0 win against defence-troubled Earthquakes and a 5-0 thrashing to the New England Revolution.
The Sounders excellent start has greatly been influenced by the strike partnership Nigerian Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey. The two have proven to go together as well as Peanut Butter and Jam, Batman and Robin, Jack and Jill, Beavis and Butthead (get the picture?). Despite losing Clint Dempsey to the U.S. World Cup camp, Obafemi is still continuing his heroics, scoring an audacious flick against San Jose. If your jaw hasn't dropped in a while, I suggest looking it up.
The Caps are coming off an early exit from the Amway Canadian Championship, courtesy of an
expensive good Toronto FC side. Although the loss was disappointing, many positives can be taken from the game, including Erik Hurtado's improved touch and movement, Morales's creativity and Marco Carduci's shot-stopping abilities. Expect at least one of those three to be major difference makers this Saturday. Now, my Predicted Starting Line-up:
Ousted, Harvey, Demerit, O'Brien, Reo-C, Laba, Koffie, Manneh, Morales, Fernandez, Hurtado
3-2 for the Caps
Cooper (3), Demerit OG (16), Hurtado (36), Koffie (62), Demerit (89)
A spectacular match for all those in attendance and watching from home. Kenny Cooper starts the match off well for the visitors after pouncing on a Lamar Neagle rebound. No, Jay Demerit isn't an "Original Gangster". Instead, he becomes the villain by seriously deflecting Lamar Neagle's shot. However, the Caps keep their composure and character and rally back to a memorable win. Erik Hurtado starts this off for us, by side-footing home after a low Fernandez cross. Gershon Koffie bags his first of the year with an outstanding volley from outside the area following a set-piece. The match is won by the Captain, Jay Demerit after a free-kick in the dying seconds causes a commotion in the box, but falls to Demerit's feet, and he can't miss.
Good Luck Caps!