Final, 1-1: Finishing up a three-match road trip the Seattle Sounders managed to steal a draw against Major League Soccer’s best team. Seattle struck first (45’) when Lodeiro scored from the spot after Harry Shipp’s shot was deflected by an Atlanta arm. United managed to draw level just after the match restarted when Josef Martinez equalized.
Brian Schmetzer’s side had to hold on to the draw while playing 10 v 11 after Jordan McCrary was sent off for two cautions. His subs at that point were all about defense as Leerdam entered for Shipp; Svensson entered for Marshall, who may be injured; and Alonso closed the match out replacing Rodriguez.
Update 48’: On a cross into the box Stefan Frei left his line early but not far enough to punch out the cross. Josef Martinez leveled the match 1-1 with a floating header that went into the net. Martinez now has 19 goals just 21 games into the season.
Would like to think two defenders can do better there. pic.twitter.com/jwUYX8qiia— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 15, 2018
Update 45’: Harry Shipp continues to make things happen. His 43’ shot from distance deflected out of touch by Franco Escobar’s arm. The ensuing penalty kick was barely a highlight for Nicolas Lodeiro, as Brad Guzan touched the weak effort. The ball trickled into the goal to give Seattle Sounders a 1-0 lead late in the first half.
Another decent look for Sounders. apparently it's being viewed by VAR. pic.twitter.com/gmxcK7ERgP— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 15, 2018
Entering half the Sounders edge Atlanta in shots taken and passing in the final third.
Going by recent form FOX’s feature MLS match should be two comparable sides. Hosts Atlanta United are 3-1-2 in their last six, while the Seattle Sounders are 2-2-2. If one is to think that the Sounders are threw their rough start their 4 points in their last two matches are another positive sign.
But there are reasons why FOX is showing this match immediately after the World Cup Final between France and Croatia. Many of these reasons have to do with the potent Atlanta offense (Josef Martinez is the league leader in goals scored with 18); their massive crowds that upstaged the crowds in Seattle; and America’s most famous soccer player, who didn’t travel.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: Handwalla Bwana and Jordan Morris remain out. Kelvin Leerdam (right hamstring strain) and Roman Torres (left ankle sprain) are listed as questionable. Clint Dempsey did not travel due to a sore groin.
Five Stripes: Greg Garza and Darlington Nagbe are out
Osvaldo Alonso, Jordy Delem and Romario Williams will miss their next match if they see yellow in this one. The following players are two yellows away from accumulation — Miguel Almiron, Franco Escobar, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Jeff Larentowicz, Chris McCann, Nouhou, Cristian Roldan.
Baldomero Toledo is the center referee. His video assistant is Alex Chilowicz.
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:
- Force AUFC to chase. They have a poor record when chasing the game, and Seattle is 3-0-0 when scoring first.
- Be aware of a late charge. Atlanta is +10 in the last 30 minutes of a game. Sounders are -3 in the the final 30.
- Abuse them on set-pieces. They’ve given up 10 goals on restarts.
- Be careful inside they penalty area. Atlanta has scored nine goals from the spot.
How I'm watching
Outfit: Killer Bunnies of Caerbannog FC jersey
Scarf: You Will Hear Us, original
How to Watch
Match date/time: July 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, Peachtree Street (maybe Avenue, or Parkway, or...)
Online Streaming: YouTubeTV (Seattle & Spokane markets), FoxSportsGo
National TV: FOX (Costigan, Kennedy, Witham)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Asia: BeIN Sports (ASIA) | Australia: BeIN Sports (AUS) | Brazil: Globosat | Europe: Eurosport | India: DSports / ATR Media | Latin America: FOX Latin America | Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports | Singapore: Starhub | Sub-Saharan Africa: FOX Africa | Taiwan: Sportscast | United Kingdom: Sky Sports
Sounders 4-2-3-1: Frei; McCrary, Kim, Marshall, Nouhou; Delem, CRoldan; Shipp, Lodeiro - (C), Rodríguez; Bruin
Bench: Meredith, Leerdam, Svensson, Alonso, ARoldan, Neagle, Ruidíaz
#ATLUTD’s Starting XI against @SoundersFC pic.twitter.com/JzFBt20DTG— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 15, 2018
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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