FULL-TIME: The Sounders hit the post twice and had the better chances of the second half, but were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie on Saturday in St. Paul, Minn. The Sounders fell behind early and equalized before the half on Cristian Roldan’s second goal of the season. The tie leaves the Sounders winless in four, but undefeated in three.’s second goal of the season. The tie leaves the Sounders winless in four, but undefeated in three.
MINNESOTA 1, SOUNDERS 1: Cristian Roldan has scored some good goals during his Sounders career but none have been with quite the authority of the equalizer he scored on Saturday. Roldan was able to collect a loose ball near the top of the penalty area and put his laces through a wonderfully slicing ball that nearly tore through the net.
Cristian Roldan kicked the ball harder than anyone has ever kicked a soccer ball and scores a goal. 1-1 pic.twitter.com/1zIwuEepWM— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) May 5, 2019
MINNESOTA 1, SOUNDERS 0: Moments after Jordan Morris narrowly missed giving the Sounders an early lead, Ike Opara head in a free kick.
Opara beats Marshall to the ball and puts it home. 1-0 Minnesota pic.twitter.com/mAcABPTUBs— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) May 5, 2019
LINEUPS: Five of the six formerly injured Seattle Sounders made the gameday roster, but only two of them are in the starting lineup. Victor Rodriguez effectively replaces Harry Shipp, while Chad Marshall is in for Román Torres. Raúl Ruidíaz, Will Bruin and Nouhou are all available off the bench. Saad Abdul-Salaam replaces the suspended Kelvin Leerdam as well.
Minnesota United is also a bit short-handed as Darwin Quintero is not in the starting lineup.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
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)
RED CARD SUSPENSION: Kelvin Leerdam
QUESTIONABLE: D - Chase Gasper (hamstring injury)
QUESTIONABLE: F - Darwin Quintero (ankle injury) -
REF: Tim Ford
AR1: Brian Dunn
AR2: Cory Richardson
4TH: Guido Gonzales Jr
VAR: Ricardo Salazar
AVAR: Eric Weisbrod
Keys to the Game:
- Minnesota is vulnerable at the back. Assuming the Sounders can start their first choice attack, they will need to dribble at the backline.
- Darwin Quintero is tricky. One of Cristian Roldan and Jordy Delem will need to make sure to keep track of him drifting into midfield.
How to Watch
Match date/time: May 4th 5:00pm
Venue: Allianz Field
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
YOUR Starting XI for this evening... pic.twitter.com/JT0OGIGVIr— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) May 4, 2019
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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