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Scouting Report: Battle of unbeatens in Seattle

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Seattle look to remain perfect at home.

MLS: Seattle Sounders at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

What You’ll Watch

The Seattle Sounders will host Toronto FC in their only regular-season meeting of the season on Saturday afternoon. Last time they squared off, the Sounders defeated Toronto 2-1 back in 2018.

The Sounders remain in second place in the Western Conference with a record of 4-0-1 (13 points in five games played; 2.6 ppg), while Toronto remains unbeaten and sits in third place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 3-0-1 (10 points in four games played; 2.5 ppg). Last time out, Seattle defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0, while Toronto drew 2-2 at home against the Chicago Fire.

This will be the 14th all-time regular season meeting between the two clubs. Seattle has an overall record of 8-3-2 with 20 goals scored and 12 conceded. At home, Seattle is 4-2-1 with 12 goals scored and seven conceded. Seattle will be looking for their fourth straight regular season win against the Reds.

A Tale of the Tape

Seattle

Leading Goal Scorer: Jordan Morris and Raúl Ruidíaz, three goals each

Assist Leader: Nicolás Lodeiro, three assists

Toronto

Leading Goal Scorer: Jozy Altidore, three goals

Assist Leader: Nick DeLeon and Jonathan Osorio, three each

Injury Report, Suspensions and International Duty

Toronto

Out: N/A

Questionable: Auro Jr. (minor semitendinosus strain)

Suspensions: N/A

International Duty: N/A

Seattle

Out: N/A

Questionable: Raúl Ruidíaz (right heel contusion)

Suspensions: N/A

International Duty: N/A

Match Officials

REFEREE: Allen Chapman

AR1: Jeremy Hanson

AR2: Apolinar Mariscal

4th: Michael Radchuk

VAR: Kevin Stott

AVAR: Rene Parra

What to Watch

  • Seattle is MLS’s most dominant left-sided attacking team. TFC is the league’s most dominant right-sided attacking team. So, we’ll see a lot of the game on that side of the field.
  • Alejandro Pozuelo is Giovinco’s replacement and he might be even better. He’s a completely different player, to be sure, but he’s really, really good. Pozuelo is more of a classic number 10. Cristian Roldan and Gustav Svensson will have their hands full with him.
  • The Sounders are quite good at counterattacking. Toronto isn’t so good at defending the counter. The Sounders should be able to take advantage of this.

How to Watch

Date/Time: Saturday, April 13 @ 1:00 PM PT

Location: CenturyLink Field — Seattle, WA

TV: JOEtv

Streaming: YouTube TV (Washington), ESPN+ (rest of U.S.)

Radio: 950 KJR AM (English), El Rey 1360AM (Spanish)