FULLTIME: In a fashion nearly perfectly befitting their 2019 season, the Seattle Sounders finished off the regular-season with a 1-0 win over Minnesota United on Sunday. The goal came relatively early with Roman Torres heading in a Joevin Jones cross and the Sounders mostly controlled the match from there.
The win puts the Sounders into the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and fourth in the Supporters’ Shield. They’ll host FC Dallas, most likely on Oct. 19.
SOUNDERS 1, UNITED 0: Roman Torres got his first Sounders goal, putting away a header off a perfect Joevin Jones assist. It was Torres’ first goal with the Sounders since joining the team in 2015.
Torres wide open at the back post. Nice to have him back. pic.twitter.com/i3lmtKytgi— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) October 6, 2019
TIFO: ECS celebrated their diversity with a Spanish-language tifo accompanied by flags from their various subgroups. The words roughly translated to “Let’s score lots of goals.”
LINEUPS: Nicolas Lodeiro will make his return to the starting lineup after a two-game absence, but Victor Rodriguez was apparently not deemed healthy enough to make the gameday roster.
What You’ll Watch
The Seattle Sounders will take the field for the final game of the 2019 regular season at home against Minnesota United. The winner of this game will end the season in second place in the Western Conference and will host the seven seed. This will be second meeting of the season between the two clubs.
Minnesota currently sits in second place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-10-8 (53 points in 33 games played; 1.61 ppg) and the Sounders sit in third place but level on points with a record of 15-10-8 (53 points in 33 games played; 1.61 ppg). Minnesota holds the tiebreaker with a better goal differential (+10 compared to +2). Last time out, the Sounders defeated San Jose 1-0 on Jordan Morris’ late game winner and Minnesota drew 1-1 at home against LAFC.
This will be the sixth all-time meeting between the two clubs. Seattle hold a 4-0-1 record with 12 goals scored and four conceded. In Seattle, the Sounders are 2-0-0 with five goals scored and two conceded.
Tale of the Tape
Last Five: T-L-W-L-W
Leading Goal Scorer: Raul Ruidiaz, 11 goals
Assist Leader: Nicolas Lodeiro, 12 assists
Last Five: W-L-T-L-W
Leading Goal Scorer: Darwin Quintero, 10 goals
Assist Leader: Jan Gregus, 12 assists
Injury Report, Suspensions and International Duty
International Duty: N/A
Out: Will Bruin (torn ACL)
- Questionable: Nicolas Lodeiro (lower back injury); Victor Rodriguez (internal oblique injury)
Suspensions: Xavier Arreaga (red card suspension); Nouhou (yellow card accumulation)
International Duty: N/A
REFEREE: Kevin Stott
AR1: Mike Rottersman
AR2: Eric Boria
4th: Farhad Dadkho
VAR: Alex Chilowicz
AVAR: Joshua Patlak
What to Watch
- Ozzie’s return. It’s gonna be weird. It’s gonna be emotional. The Sounders need to make sure Ozzie doesn’t dictate the game. Play their game and don’t get too involved with the emotion.
- Contain Quintero. Minnesota’s offense flows through Quintero. He’s a sneaky player that breaks the lines. Svensson and the Centerbacks need to keep tabs on him.
- Just win. Doesn’t matter how they win — the Sounders need to just do it. Win and they have at least 2 home playoff games.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Sunday, October 5 @ 1:00 PM
Location: CenturyLink Field — Seattle, WA
Streaming: YouTube TV, ESPN+ (out of market, affiliate-link)
Radio: 950 KJR AM (English), El Rey 1360AM (Spanish)
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