SEATTLE, WA- In the first match of the 2019 Audi MLS Cup playoffs, the formation has a new focus as we prepare to face the Sounders. Let's dive into today's Lineup Notes, presented by UnitedHealthCare.
DEFENSE ACROSS THE FIELD
After returning from international duty, defender Reggie Cannon lines up as a right wing for the first time this season. With the veteran presence in the back line and Cannon's presence further forward, there is a clear focus on defensive transitions all across the field.
BRESSAN RETURNS TO THE LINEUP
With Reggie Cannon moving up to the attacking half of the field, Bressan returns to the right back position. Along with veterans Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, and Ryan Hollingshead the defense will be looking to limit Seattle's scoring opportunities and earn their second shutout at CenturyLink Field.
Jesus Ferreira and Brandon Servania fill out the midfield alongside Bryan Acosta. Ferreira has been versatile in creating scoring opportunities from the midfield, while Brandon Servania has shown his power defensively and through scoring goals in his position. The offense and defensive balance across each part of the field will be critical in transitions at any point.