Week 3 of MLS 2017 sends the New York Red Bulls back to the West Coast to help with Seattle Sounders home opener. CenturyLink Field is expected to be loud and full as Sounders' fans greet their team as the defending MLS Cup champion for the first time.
Replacing him is impossible. Torres is a difference-maker. Seattle will have to deal with starting Swedish CDM/CB/RB Gustav Svensson or NCAA D-II produce Tony Alfaro instead. That's a large fall in talent. Both of Roman's replacements might be better passers than he is. If there's a game where the Sounders need strong passing from the defense, it's this one.
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Predicted Sounders Starting XI:
4-2-3-1: Stefan Frei; Joevin Jones, Chad Marshall, Gustav Svensson, Oniel Fisher; Osvaldo Alonso, Christian Roldan; Harry Shipp, Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro; Jordan Morris
3-0, I'm a fan of the symmetry of this one. No other season opener will be as loud or vibrant as this match. The raising of the banner, the carrying of MLS Cup in the March to the Match by former captain Brad Evans, the 30-foot replica MLS Cup in the South Concourse, all of that. Plus, there's talent ready to explode. Jordan Morris should have goals already. Clint and Nico round out the three-headed leviathan. That's a strong attack. Seattle's defense has been decent so far. It's time to win again.