One of the most successful clubs in Germany will be paying a visit to Seattle this summer. The Seattle Sounders announced on Tuesday that Borussia Dortmund — currently sitting second in the Bundesliga title race and the only team other than Bayern Munich to win the league title since 2009-10 — will be the second of their two friendly opponents. The match will be played on July 17, between a pair of home games against Atlanta United (July 14) and the Portland Timbers (July 21).
Dortmund has been one of the top talent producers in all of Europe and should bring a talented squad to CenturyLink Field. That squad won’t include American Christian Pulisic, though, as his transfer to Chelsea will go into effect at the end of the current campaign. They could also be without English winger Jadon Sancho, who has been heavily linked to moves to the Premier League. They should have internationals like Germany’s Marco Reus (16 goals, 11 assists), Spain’s Paco Alcácer (17 goals) and Belgium’s Axel Witsel (109 caps).
They may also be bringing the title of Bundesliga winners.
Through their first few months of the season, Dortmund seemed to be cruising to their first league title since the 2011-12 season, when they won their second of back-to-back titles. But after dropping just three points in their first 15 games and going 15-1-3 in their first 19, Dortmund went 1-1-4 over their next six, culminating with a loss to FC Augsberg. They righted the ship with three straight wins but were then smashed 5-0 by Bayern Munich on April 6, which knocked them out of the top spot in the league for first time. They’re currently one point behind Bayern with four matches left to play.
The match won’t be at a perfectly ideal time for the Sounders — it’s between two big regular-season matches — but it is at least during a home stand, meaning the Sounders won’t have to travel before or after. Traditionally in these summer friendlies, the Sounders have used a group of starters for most of the first half, then rotate heavily.