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Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes, fulltime: Seattle wins two in a row

Raul Ruidiaz scores on his birthday

MLS: Seattle Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

FINAL: Sounders are now in a five-match unbeaten streak thanks to Raul Ruidiaz’s first goal with the club. The 1-0 win gives Seattle two wins a row in this five game run. The win moves them up two spots in the Shield standings, but they remain 10th in the West, though within striking distance.

Stefan Frei grabbed his third shutout on the season. In their run the Sounders have only surrendered two goals.

In the final moments Clint Dempsey was about an inch from taking sole possession of the MLS regular season scoring record for the team.


UPDATE 62’: Quickly transitioning from a turnover the Seattle Sounders burst out with Nicolas Lodeiro flicking the ball wide to Cristian Roldan. Roldan the Elder sprinted out eventually flipping the ball to Raul Ruidiaz. The Green Lantern chested the ball into space and slammed it to the far post to put the Sounders up 1-0.

He celebrated with Peru fans who gave him the flag of the nation he represented at the World Cup.

At 66’ Will Bruin replaced the goalscorer in a move likely meant to save Ruidiaz’s legs for the home match Sunday.


This is the first match of the Heritage Cup. If you don’t know what the Heritage Cup is that’s OK. Short version is it is a celebration of North American soccer history that only San Jose and Seattle participate in. The Cup itself makes for a wonderful holder of Christmas candies.

Wednesday’s match is more important as it is an opportunity for the Seattle Sounders to continue streaking. San Jose Earthquakes are a team in disarray and their historic success against the Sounders at Avaya shouldn’t be enough to get them a victory. If Brian Schmetzer’s side is going to go on a run into the MLS Cup Playoffs, this is nearly a must-win road game.

Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension

Seattle: Jordan Morris and Handwalla Bwana remain out. Victor Rodriguez is listed as questionable.

‘Quakes: Kevin Partida (Knee) and Fatai Alashe (Groin) are out. Anibal Godoy is suspended.

Osvaldo Alonso, Jordy Delem, and Nouhou are a single yellow card from accumulation suspension. Jimmy Ockford, Cristian Roldan, and Jordan McCrary are two yellows from suspension for accumulation.

Kevin Stott 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

  • Clip their wings.
  • Shake their fault lines.
  • Become the Green Lantern Corps, as it’s Raul Ruidiaz‘s team now.

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: Soccer is the language of life

Scarf: Golden

Where: Home

How to Watch

Match date/time: July 25, 7:30 PM Pacific

Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California — the world’s largest suburb.

Online Streaming: YouTubeTV (Seattle & Spokane markets), ESPN+ (where they choose to not black it out for no reason).

Local TV: JOEtv (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani, Scott)

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

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 | Singapore: Starhub | Sub-Saharan Africa: FOX Africa

Lineups

Sounders (4-2-3-1)

Stefan Frei; Nouhou, Roman Torres, Kim Kee-hee, Jordan McCrary; Gustav Svensson, Osvaldo Alonso; Harry Shipp, Cristian Roldan, Nicolas Lodeiro; Raul Ruidiaz

Bench: Meredith, Leerdam, Francis, Delem, A.Roldan, Dempsey, Bruin

Earthquakes

I’ll just add their graphic, because it’s horrible.

Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.

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