Seattle’s Sigi Schmid Throws Tactical Knockout Punch to Win Supporters’ Shield

For the second consecutive match against the LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid played his tactics to perfection. 

Following a 2-2 draw at StubHub Center six days ago, all the Sounders needed was a draw at home in front of 57,673 boisterous fans at CenturyLink Field to clinch the Supporters' Shield. 

For the second game in a row, Schmid opted to take a more defensive approach to his starting 11 by aligning Brad Evans in front of DeAndre Yedlin on the right side. That move was made in order to shut down the attacking threat on the left wing put forth by the Galaxy.

The plan once again worked, as the Galaxy were held to three shots on target in a game where they held 59 percent of the possession, per 

Schmid let the game play out until the 73rd minute, when he opted to bring on Guatemalan winger Marco Pappa in favor of Evans. 

Six days after the same substitution produced two goals...

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