FULL TIME: The Seattle Sounders set a new MLS record for most consecutive wins in a single season during the post-shootout era, beating Sporting KC 3-1 on Saturday. Sporting KC previously held the record when they won seven straight to start the 2012 season, which was part of a nine-game winning streak that stretched back to the previous season. The Sounders also extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games and, at least temporarily, moved into fourth place in the Western Conference.
The Sounders got goals from Raúl Ruidíaz and Nicolas Lodeiro, as well as an own-goal through Harry Shipp. It was the Sounders’ third straight match with an own-goal.
The only blemish on the result was a questionable red card on Chad Marshall, who will miss the Sounders’ next game on Sept. 15 unless the call is overturned.
RED CARD TO MARSHALL: Chad Marshall was sent off in the 82nd minute when Baldomero Toledo decided — after VAR review — that the defender had committed a “serious foul play” on Johnny Russell. Reviews showed Marshall made contact with Russell, but the call was a bit surprising given the relative innocuousness of it. Unless the call is overturned on review, Marshall will be unavailable for the Sounders match on Sept. 15.
After Video Review, a red card is issued to Chad Marshall for serious foul play. https://t.co/7ECvxAwCwd— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 1, 2018
SOUNDERS 3, SPORTING KC 1: Just moments after the own-goal, the Sounders were again the beneficiaries of some questionable defending. This time it was Brad Smith putting in a cross that hit Ike Opara’s arm. Nicolas Lodeiro stepped up and rolled the penalty past Tim Melia.
Lodeiro hits his mark.— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 1, 2018
SEA 3 | SKC 1 #SEAvSKC pic.twitter.com/ukGKBPeo2g
SOUNDERS 2, SPORTING KC 1: The Sounders jumped out to a 2-1 lead with an own-goal in their third consecutive game. This won came off the foot of Harry Shipp, whose cross deflected off Graham Zusi and nestled just inside the far post.
COUNT IT! @championShipp11 hits the bank shot off Zusi.— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 1, 2018
SEA 3 | SKC 1#SEAvSKC pic.twitter.com/qHEksi1QJI
SOUNDERS 1, SPORTING KC 1: Atoning for the earlier goal allowed, Brad Smith set up Raúl Ruidíaz for the equalizing goal in the 12th minute. Smith was allowed to race in on the left wing virtually uncontested and put in a cross so perfect that Ruidíaz only had to stick out his foot after slipping behind the defense. It was Smith’s first Sounders assist and Ruidíaz’s third Sounders goal. The goal ended Sporting KC’s 387-minute shutout streak.
Smith ➡️ Ruidíaz@RaulRuidiazM knocks it home to for the equalizer!!!— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 1, 2018
SEA 1 | SKC 1#SEAvSKC pic.twitter.com/3RDG4Be4LC
SOUNDERS 0, SPORTING KC 1: Diego Rubio gave Sporting KC an early lead, scoring in the 2nd minute on a mishit clearance that hit off Gerso Fernandes. The play started off innocuously enough and Brad Smith seemed to have time to clear a deflected ball to safety, but his attempt hit off Fernandes and fell to the feet of Rubio, who blasted it past Stefan Frei.
HOT START ALERT— Sporting KC (@SportingKC) September 1, 2018
1:37 in, red-hot @DiegoRubio_ tells @SoundersFC HELLO! #SEAvSKC 0-1 pic.twitter.com/ZLSqwpf9Kq
TIFO: With only a few days to prepare, ECS still managed to create a #ThankYouDeuce tifo, with Clint Dempsey’s face inside the ECS logo.
Tifo from @ECSTifo pic.twitter.com/ZEZEicqUhb— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) September 1, 2018
There’s a long history of BBQ tears. Saturday’s 1:00 PM match (UniMás/UDN/Twitter) is the opportunity for Seattle Sounders to not only force matchday specific BBQ tears, but to tear a record away from the hackish team from the midwest. Sporting Kansas City and the Sounders are tied, holding the record for most wins in a row in MLS’ post-shootout era.
Seattle is returning to near-full health and are now able to play the style of soccer that Brian Schmetzer prefers (defensively stout, possession, choice shooting). Sporks remain a possession team that likes to ride the line of fouling/toughness while striking quickly via the wings.
The ceremony to honor Clint Dempsey will be shortly before kick. Show up early. Be loud.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: Jordan Morris (ACL) and Felix Chenkam (herniated disc) are out. Victor Rodriguez is questionable. Clint Dempsey retired.
Sporks: Kharlton Belmar (Knee Sprain), Cristian Lobato (Knee Injury) and Jimmy Medranda (Knee Injury) are all out. Khiry Shelton (Torn Meniscus & MCL) is listed as questionable, but that seems like a significant injury.
Jordy Delem and Ike Opara will be suspended due to accumulation with their next yellow card. Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan, Jordan McCrary, Nouhou and Roger Espinoza are two yellows from an accumulation suspension.
Baldomero Toledo is the center referee. His video assistant is Dave Gantar.
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 their wingers even wider.
- Play ball quickly.
- Set-piece magic.
- Let the Green Lantern’s light shine.
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: You Will Hear Us (original)
Scarf: You Will Hear Us (original)
Where: Sec 214
How to Watch
Match date/time: September 1, 1:00 PM
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Heart of Cascadia
Online Streaming: Twitter
National English TV: UniMás/UDN (Sandoval,Berry)
National Spanish TV: UniMás/UDN (Villa, Cherchi, Juarez)
Regional TV: JOEtv (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Webber)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Asia: BeIN Sports (ASIA) | Australia: BeIN Sports (AUS) | Europe: Eurosport | India: DSports / ATR Media | Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports | Singapore: Starhub | Sub-Saharan Africa: FOX Africa | United Kingdom: Sky Sports | Vietnam: SCTV
Seattle: Frei; Smith, Marshall, Kee-hee, Leerdam; Svennson, Ozzie; Shipp, Lodeiro, Roldan; Ruidiaz
SKC: Melia; Sinovic, Besler, Opara, Zusi; Ilie, Gutierrez, Espinoza; Salloi, Rubio, Fernandes
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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