FULL-TIME: The 2-2 tie will surely come as a disappointment to the Sounders, but all things considered it’s far from the disaster result it was shaping up to be two-thirds of the way through. A pair of late goals allowed the Sounders to at least salvage a point and they can at least take some pride in responding well to the 2-0 hole they dug for themselves.
SOUNDERS 2, EARTHQUAKES 2: Almost immediately after losing Victor Rodriguez to an injury, the Sounders pulled even on a pair of quick goals from Kelvin Leerdam (65th) and Harry Shipp (67th).
Leerdam’s goal came on a diving header off a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick.
First goal. Leerdam pulls it back 2-1.... pic.twitter.com/LbT0IvyUpY— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) April 25, 2019
Just two minutes later, Shipp grabbed the equalizer on a wonderful redirection off a Lodeiro pass.
Shipp's goal to make it 2-2. pic.twitter.com/ht5zdAV8lv— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) April 25, 2019
SOUNDERS 0, EARTHQUAKES 2: Shea Salinas grabbed his second goal of the game, putting away a chance at the back post from a Cristian Espinoza. The Quakes have been by far the better team in the second half, hitting the woodwork twice in addition to their goal while the Sounders have looked completely out of sorts.
HALFTIME: The Sounders had a host of half chances in the first 15-20 minutes and having Nicolas Lodeiro play as a false 9 was looking like an inspired choice. But the final 25-30 minutes belonged to the Earthquakes and their 1-0 lead was not undeserved. The goal came when Shea Salinas got the ball on the left wing and ran at Kelvin Leerdam, working himself an open shot from a sharp angle that beat Stefan Frei to the far post.
LINEUPS: The Sounders are making three changes from their weekend loss, with Handwalla Bwana, Chad Marshall and Nouhou entering the starting lineup. They replace Harry Shipp, Román Torres and Brad Smith.
Tonight the Seattle Sounders get the chance to a start a new unbeaten streak against the resurgent San Jose Earthquakes. Are the Earthquakes turning a new leaf under new manager Matías Almeyda or have they just gotten lucky at home?
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: F - Will Bruin (left hamstring strain)
QUESTIONABLE: F - Raúl Ruidíaz (right heel contusion); D - Chad Marshall (right knee inflammation)
OUT: D - Kevin Partida (torn ACL, 7/7)
QUESTIONABLE: D - Guram Kashia (lower leg injury)
REF: Fotis Bazakos
AR1: Chris Wattam
AR2: Jeff Hosking
4TH: Marcos Deoliveira
VAR: Guido Gonzales, Jr.
AVAR: Jeremy Hanson
Keys to the Game
- San Jose might be the worst team in the league, or they might be a team on the rebound. Either one could show up tonight.
- Possession. Seattle needs get back to their possession-dominant ways in this one.
How to Watch
Match date/time: April 24th, 2019 7:30 PM PT
Venue: CenturyLink Field — Seattle, Washington
Online Streaming: YouTube TV, ESPN+ (affiliate link)
Local English TV: JOEtv (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Webber)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle
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