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Sounders vs. LAFC, full time: Early goal sinks Seattle

ESPN has the match at 2 p.m.; watch with us.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

Brian Schmetzer, on today’s lineup choices: “There were some choices with rest, there were some choices with injury concerns.”

On Roman Torres’ substitution: “We were limiting his minutes towards Wednesday.”

On the lack of finishing today: “I wouldn’t say it’s from a lack of execution, I’d say it’s from lack of that little last piece of concentration to put the ball in the back of the net. Just some unlucky bounces. Our sport is brutal at times. You can look at the stat sheet, but at the same time I could just turn it over and say ‘we lost 1-0.’”


FINAL SCORE: LAFC 1, Seattle Sounders 0

Nothing really went Seattle’s way in this game, despite their dominance on the ball and in the attacking third. They had 60% possession, 12 corner kicks, and 22 shots. But they couldn’t take advantage of that to score any goals. LAFC, on the other hand, only had 5 shots, including just one on frame. But that shot found its way into the net. Tony Alfaro’s red card late in the match didn’t help, but the story of this match had much more to do with Seattle’s inability to turn all the possession and creativity in the world into an actual goal.


83’ Red card to Tony Alfaro: The Sounders center back received his second yellow card (not long after the first) and subsequent red card and sending off for a foul on LA’s Steven Beitashour.


Second half substitution: Magnus Wolff Eikrem replaces Roman Torres at the start of the second half. Gustav Svensson drops back to center back and Lodeiro is now playing deeper next to Cristian Roldan.


Halftime update: For the most part, the Sounders controlled the first half. They had many more chances than LAFC, but the away side made their few count. With two of their best attackers off the pitch, the Sounders struggled with the final ball, despite creating more than enough chances.

LAFC weren’t exactly toothless, creating a couple quality chances that included Rossi’s goal. Vela beat Roman Torres with his excellent pass to Rossi, who fended off Delem’s marking and produced a truly remarkable finish. If the Sounders could do with their chances what LAFC did with that one, this would be a very different game.


Goal for LAFC from Diego Rossi, the club’s first in MLS. LAFC 1 - 0 Seattle Sounders. Assisted by Carlos Vela, Rossi shook off Jordy Delem and fired it past Frei. This ends the Sounders’ home shutout streak of 615 minutes in all competitions.


Tifo: ECS kicked off the new MLS season in style, dropping one of their better tifos in recent memory. Below an epic shot of a pirate ship in front of the Seattle skyline read the words “Take No Prisoners.”


LAFC’s late lineup change: LAFC’s first-ever official match got off to a rocky start when center back Walker Zimmerman was a late scratch with an unspecified injury. He was replaced by Canadian international Dejan Jakovic. Due to the late nature of the change, LAFC was forced to play with a six-man bench.


Los Angeles FC start their competitive history with a match to face the greatest expansion team in American sports history, the Seattle Sounders FC. A silver star on their chest, a trophy case full of hardware and more fans than can fit in LAFC’s yet-to-be-opened stadium, Seattle — maybe even more than the Galaxy — will be a measuring stick for the latest entrant into MLS.

Bob Bradley carries the expectations of a new, vibrant fanbase. He also has a history that will do nothing to lower those. He is possibly the greatest American soccer coach of all time. But his team is new. Injuries ripped through their defensive grouping. The Angels enter a stadium where Seattle is stingy. The Sounders only lost once at home in 2017. Their home shutout streak is at 605 minutes. Brian Schmetzer’s biggest question, more so than squad rotation or defensive questions due to injury, is ‘who can score enough for this to be an MLS Cup team, again?’

Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension

Seattle: Osvaldo Alonso, Kelvin Leerdam and Jordan Morris are out. Victor Rodriguez is listed as questionable.

LA: Keeper Luis Lopez is out. The following players are questionable: Laurent Ciman, Omar Gaber, Calum Mallace, and James Murphy. Aaron Kovar is not permitted to play in the match due to his loan agreement.

No players are in danger of accumulation. That would be silly. It’s game one.

Jose Carlos Rivero is the center referee. Timothy Ford is his video assistant.

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:

  • Get goals from the committee
  • Exploit the make-shift defense
  • Support McCrary and Nouhou in defense

How I'm watching

Outfit: Church is in Session hoodie

Scarf: You Will Hear Us/Nos Audietis

Where: Section 214, Row C

How to Watch

Match date/time: 2 p.m. on March 4, 2018 | kick will be close to 2:23 p.m.

Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Cascadia

Online Streaming: WatchESPN

National TV: ESPN (Healey, Twellman, Salazar)

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

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

International TV

Asia: beIN Sports (Asia) | Australia: beIN Sports (Australia) | Europe: Eurosport | Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports | Singapore: Starhub | Sub-Saharan Africa: FOX Africa | Taiwan: Sportcast | United Kingdom: Sky Sports

Lineups

Highlights

This post will be updated throughout the match.

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