FULLTIME: Despite playing a man down for 72 minutes, the Sounders managed to pull out a 1-1 tie with Los Angeles FC on Sunday. The Sounders got a 1st minute goal from Jordan Morris, but LAFC equalized just three minutes later. Any gameplan the Sounders had was then thrown out the window when Cristian Roldan was red-carded for what was determined a deliberate slap to the face on Eduard Atuesta.
HALFTIME: The Sounders managed to get to the second half still tied 1-1 with LAFC, despite giving up a 4th minute goal and receiving an 18th minute red card. LAFC dominated possession after Cristian Roldan’s ejection — holding 73 percent of it during the first half — but were unable to create much danger over the final 30 or so minutes.
RED CARD: Cristian Roldan was sent off in the 18th minute for hands to the face on Eduard Atuesta. The incident started with a shoving match between Roldan and Mark-Anthony Kaye. Atuesta then came in from behind Roldan. Roldan seemed to be trying to hold off Atuesta, but his arm did slip up and make slapped Atuesta’s face.
This is the red card incident. Hands to the face. pic.twitter.com/VP5Dn7PLqB— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) April 28, 2019
SOUNDERS 1, LAFC 1: The Sounders and LAFC exchanged goals inside the first five minutes. The first came from Jordan Morris, who hit the back of the net just 46 second in after stepping in front of an Eddie Segura backpass and beating Tyler Miller with a let-footed finish. It was the second fastest goal in Sounders history.
Morris capitalizes on a terrible LAFC back pass to make it 1-0 inside the first minute. pic.twitter.com/5VDK6VRPnB— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) April 28, 2019
Before the game could settle into any sort of rhythm, LAFC had tied the score. The sequence started with Diego Rossi racing past Kelvin Leerdam on the wing and was finished off by Carlos Vela when Stefan Frei narrowly missed cutting out the cross. Brad Smith appeared to be in position to potentially make a play, but seemed to be caught off guard.
This game is drunk. 1-1 pic.twitter.com/G4PCAg5Q5p— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) April 28, 2019
LINEUPS: Even with the expectation that this would be a short-handed group for the Seattle Sounders, Sunday’s lineup included one big surprise: the absence of Chad Marshall. That means the Sounders will be missing six of their 14 most-used players this year, but their lineup against LAFC only has two changes from Wednesday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Román Torres replaces Chad Marshall, while Jordy Delem is in for Gustav Svensson. The gameday roster features just 17 players, and only one of the six bench players has played any minutes this year.
Meanwhile, LAFC has just one just change — right back Tristan Blackmon for Steven Beitashour — from last week’s game.
Here we are doing the same thing we did last Sunday, except the location is different. Seattle Sounders vs LAFC on national television.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: Everyone. Just kidding....
OUT: M - Victor Rodriguez (concussion)
OUT: M - Gustav Svensson (left hamstring strain)
QUESTIONABLE: F - Will Bruin (left hamstring strain)
QUESTIONABLE: F - Raul Ruidiaz (right heel contusion)
QUESTIONABLE: D - Chad Marshall (right knee inflammation)
QUESTIOANBLE: D - Nouhou (left ankle sprain)
OUT: D - Danilo Silva (right hamstring strain)
OUT: M - Javier Perez (groin strain)
OUT: M - Alejandro Guido (right quad strain)
QUESTIONABLE: F - Adama Diomande (hamstring injury)
QUESTIONABLE: F - Rodolfo Zelaya (right soleus injury)
QUESTIONABLE: D - Steven Beitashour (left knee soreness)
REF: Ted Unkel
AR1: Jason White
AR2: Jeffrey Greeson
4TH: Michael Radchuk
VAR: Chico Grajeda
AVAR: Cameron Blanchard
Keys to the Game:
- Not in the face. Far too many times last week Seattle was left exposed at the back against LAFC. They need to keep it tighter today.
- LAFC doesn’t really have a weakness at the moment, but their fullbacks are often high up the field in attack. Seattle should try to run at their defenders.
How to Watch
Match date/time: April 28th at 12:30pm
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Online Streaming: YouTube TV, ESPN, Fubo TV (affiliate link)
National English TV: ESPN
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
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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