FULLTIME: Kelvin Leerdam scored in the 96th minute off a Brad Smith pass to give the Sounders their first win since May 15, snapping a three-game losing streak and a four-game winless run. The goal came during a wild sequence that started with 16-year-old Danny Leyva intercepting a pass near midfield. It eventually found its way to Harry Shipp, who tapped it back to Smith who was cutting in. He then found Leerdam, who took a dribble to open up space and then beat Zach MacMath to the far post for his fifth goal of the season.
Kelvin Leerdam. Goal Machine. pic.twitter.com/L6AQexaV6K— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) June 30, 2019
GOAL DISALLOWED: Danny Leyva appeared to score on his debut, chipping it in from about 25 yards out. But after referee Alan Kelly reviewed, the call he apparently felt as though Justin Dhillon left his foot in on a play shortly before the shot which left goalkeeper Zac MacMath out of the play.
There is just no way there's a legit foul here. pic.twitter.com/c1gOMNDinq— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) June 30, 2019
HALFTIME: The Sounders had several decent looks at goal and outshot the Whitecaps 6-3 but head into halftime scoreless.
TIFO: As they have in previous “Pride” games, ECS unveiled a themed tifo. This one read “Pride of Cascadia. Pride of the Sound.” and featured rainbow-colored tarps that filled all of the Brougham End.
LINEUPS: Victor Rodriguez failed a pregame fitness test, leaving the Seattle Sounders even more short-handed than they already were. In his place, Harry Shipp will start at the No. 10 spot for the first time this season and Danny Leyva will make his first career MLS start. Henry Wingo, Joevin Jones and Justin Dhillon will also be making their first starts of the season.
The Whitecaps will effectively use the same lineup they used in their two previous games in the last eight days with nine players starting all three contests.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Out: Will Bruin (ACL tear)
Questionable: Kim Kee-hee (hamstring)
International Duty: Nicolas Lodeiro, Raul Ruidiaz, Jordan Morris, Roman Torres, Cristian Roldan
Out: Jasser Khmiri (left knee injury), David Norman Jr. (right foot surgery), Joaquin Ardaiz (left hamstring strain), Thomas Hasal (left shoulder sprain)
International Duty: Derek Cornelius, Russell Teibert, Doneil Henry, Maxime Crepeau
REFEREE: Alan Kelly
AR1: Jeremy Kieso
AR2: Mike Rottersman
4th: Elton Garcia
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
AVAR: Joshua Patlak
Keys to the Game:
- Obviously, all focus will be on who Seattle starts at forward. All signs point towards Justin Dhillon getting his first career MLS start, but Brian Schmetzer could do something tricky there. If it is Dhillon, expect the Sounders to use him like a classic holdup man. They should keep it simple, always having the likes of Victor Rodriguez or Harry Shipp near him for available outlets.
- Vancouver is coming off short rest, having played on Wednesday night in Dallas. The Sounders will need to take advantage of tired legs and a rotated squad, even though they’re not at full strength. Anything but 3 points from this match will surely be disappointing.
How to Watch
Match date/time: Saturday June 29 at 7:00 PM PT
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Online Streaming: YouTube TV, + (affiliate link, out of market), Fubo TV (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
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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