FULL-TIME: Facing their biggest test of the season, the Sounders failed miserably. They fell behind early, went into halftime down 2-0 and immediately after giving themselves life promptly went back down 4-1. Thankfully it didn’t get worse.
LINEUPS: There are multiple changes to the Seattle Sounders’ starting lineup for the first time this year. As expected, Jordan Morris will slot in for Will Bruin and the still injured Raúl Ruidíaz at forward, his first start at forward since February 2018. Joining him in the starting lineup for the first time this season are Harry Shipp at right midfielder and Román Torres at centerback. Torres replaces Chad Marshall, who was also left at home after a light week of training.
Two of the best teams in MLS facing off. It doesn’t get much better than this.
How will each team deal with being at less than full strength?
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: Raúl Ruidíaz is the only player on the “official” injury list, but we know that Will Bruin did not travel and that Chad Marshall has been dealing with an injury all week.
OUT: F - Adama Diomande (hamstring injury); M - Andre Horta (right quad strain)
QUESTIONABLE: F - Rodolfo Zelaya (right soleus injury); M - Lee Nguyen (right soleus strain); M - Alejandro Guido (right quad strain)
REF: Baldomero Toledo
AR1: Mike Rottersman
AR2: Ian Anderson
4TH: Tim Ford
VAR: Alex Chilowicz
AVAR: Cameron Blanchard
Keys to the Game
- Limit Carlos Vela’s chances
- Overload the left-hand side, forcing Vela and Steven Beitashour into defensive postures
- Don’t let the match turn into a track meet
How to Watch
Match date/time: Sunday, April 21, 4:00 PM PT
Venue: Banc of California Stadium, Exposition Park, El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula, California
National English TV: FS1
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Webber)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
National Spanish TV: Fox Deportes
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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