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Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes: Gamethread with updates

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Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

SOUNDERS 2, EARTHQUAKES 1: Raul Ruidiaz scored the game-winner in the 93rd minute, getting behind the Earthquakes defense on a wonderful Nicolas Lodeiro through ball. Combined with FC Dallas’ result, the Sounders moved into the No. 2 seed.

SOUNDERS 1, EARTHQUAKES 1: Just as it was starting to look like the results were going against them, the Sounders equalized in the 79th minute on a pinpoint cross from Cristian Roldan to Raúl Ruidíaz. It was Ruidíaz’s ninth goal and Roldan’s ninth assist of the season.

SOUNDERS 0, EARTHQUAKES 1: Somewhat against the run of play, the Earthquakes took the lead in the in the 65th minute when Danny Hoesen came in on the right wing and put in a cross that deflected off defender Chad Marshall and inside the near post for an own-goal.

HALFTIME: A rather sloppy first half ended with the score tied 0-0. The Sounders’ best chance came in the 26th minute when Osvaldo Alonso put a shot through traffic to forced a rebound that fell to Nicolas Lodeiro. But his close-range effort rang off the goal post. Otherwise, neither team established much control as both sides struggled to hold possession and generated consistent pressure.

LINEUPS: The Sounders will use the same starting lineup as they did a week ago, with the notable additions of Harry Shipp and Román Torres to the bench. Shipp hasn’t played since Sept. 19, while Torres has been out since Sept. 23.

Every season ends. For the San Jose Earthquakes, that ending came sometime in June, probably around the time they looked their best, drawing three matches in a row. Sure, they’ve won two games since then, but they also fired their coach, replaced him with an interim coach and hired next year’s coach who can’t do anything this season. San Jose is over.

Seattle Sounders are not over. They continue to the second season, with seeding still to be determined. If they win they are assured of the three seed, and could take second with an FC Dallas loss or draw. If the Sounders draw, the Seattle club could take second with an LAFC loss and an FCD loss. The worst Seattle can be with a draw is fourth. With a loss, the Sounders can finish as low as fifth, which would mean a road game midweek. They can still be as high as fourth if Portland doesn’t win.

So while seasons end, for Seattle Sounders FC, the greatest expansion team in sports history, seasons don’t end until the second season. Today’s match is only the end of scheduled matches, and as has happened every year but one for Brian Schmetzer since he started coaching, the Seattle Sounders are in the playoffs.

Welcome to Decision Day. Welcome to Fan Appreciation Day. Welcome to our Seattle Sounders, born in ‘74 and ready for more.

Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension

Seattle: Per gamenotes Harry Shipp is questionable. Felix Chenkam, Jordan Morris and Brad Smith are still out. Neither Roman Torres nor Nouhou are listed.

Earthquakes: Jimmy Ockford is questionable. The former Sounder has 11 MLS starts this season. Kevin Partido is out.

Yellow card accumulation does not carry over into the playoffs. Red cards do impact playoff availability.

Hilario Grajeda is the center referee. His video assistant is Kevin Terry Jr.

nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in alto

you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep

this is our Sound

Keys to the Game:

  • Track Wondo.
  • Use high press, as San Jose keeps the ball in their third.
  • Front four interchanges to confuse bad defenders.
  • Watch the scoreboard.
  • Feed the Green Lantern.

In this place of black and grey and dark...
the green shall be my light, my hope, my strength.
All that is good is all I defend.
I shall not falter.

How I'm watching

Outfit: Emoji history, before it is out of date

Scarf: Enemy’s Goal Is Down

Where: Section 214

How to Watch

Match date/time: October 28, 1:30 PM PT

Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Heart of Cascadia

Online Streaming: YouTube TV (Seattle & Spokane markets), ESPN+ (subject to blackouts), FuboTV

Local TV: JOEtv (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)

Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Webber)

Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)

International TV

Asia: BeIN Sports (ASIA)

Australia: BeIN Sports (AUS)

Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports

Vietnam: SCTV


Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.

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