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Sounders vs. Sporting KC, updates: Seattle drop second straight at home

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FINAL: Despite a Jordan Morris brace and a wild finish that nearly saw them erase a two-goal deficit, the Seattle Sounders los their second straight at home, falling to Sporting KC 3-2 on Sunday.

SOUNDERS 2, SPORTING KC 3: Jordan Morris got his second goal of the match with an 82nd goal off a feed from Handwalla Bwana. It was his second brace of the season and seventh goal.

SOUNDERS 1, SPORTING KC 3: Just when it seemed like the Sounders were working toward an equalizer, Erik Hurtado delivered a gut punch. His 58th minute goal came directly after Jordan Morris narrowly missed connecting on an open header off a Harry Shipp cross.

SOUNDERS 1, SPORTING KC 2: Jordan Morris got the Sounders back into the game almost immediately at the start of the second half, putting away a feed from Nicolas Lodeiro.

SOUNDERS 0, SPORTING KC 2: Felipe Gutierrez grabbed his second goal of the game, converting a 33rd minute penalty after KC was awarded a penalty after a video review. Nouhou got beaten down the wing and took down Gerso Fernandes in the box. It was initially ruled a corner kick, but review showed Nouhou getting mostly man.

SOUNDERS 0, SPORTING KC 1: Felipe Gutierrez opened the scoring in the 12th minute, taking a relatively simple pass from Seth Sinovic and slotting it past Stefan Frei from a tight angle.

LINEUPS: Jordan Morris will reprise his role as the starting No. 9, while none of the questionable Sounders were able to get healthy enough to even make the gameday roster. Xavier Arreaga and Joevin Jones both returned to the starting lineup in place of the suspended Román Torres and the injured Brad Smith. Raúl Ruidíaz, Gustav Svensson, Victor Rodriguez and Smith were all left off the gameday roster.


The Seattle Sounders return home this evening to host Sporting Kansas City. The Sounders have historically taken care of business at home against KC, but it’s rarely been easy. This Kansas City team is in a bit of a spot, though. As short-handed as the Sounders have been, Kansas City has struggled with health and availability even more. Kansas City comes into the game sitting 10th in the Western Conference, 13 points behind the Sounders with the same number of games played. Just two of their six wins have come away from home and they’ll be without midfielder Roger Espinoza.

Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension

Sporting KC

Out: D - Rodney Wallace (hip surgery 4/23, out 4-6 months) ; M - Cameron Duke (hamstring injury)

Questionable: D - Botond Barath (back injury); F - Krisztian Nemeth (abdominal injury)

Suspensions: Roger Espinoza (red card)

Seattle

Out: Will Bruin (torn ACL); Gustav Svennson (left hamstring strain)

Questionable: Raul Ruidiaz (concussion), Victor Rodriguez (left hamstring strain); Brad Smith (right adductor pain)

Suspensions: Roman Torres (PED)

Match Officials

REF: Ismail Elfath

AR1: Frank Anderson

AR2: Mike Rottersman

4th: Baldomero Toledo

VAR: Kevin Stott

AVAR: Rene Parra

Keys to the Game

  • Start quickly: The last time the Sounders scored a first-half goal was way back on May 15. They were once one of the fastest starting teams in MLS. It’s time to return to that form. Sporting KC would probably be perfectly happy to go home with a 0-0 tie. It behooves the Sounders to make this game more open.
  • Adapt: Because it’s seemingly impossible to go a week without some sort of drama overtaking this team, the Sounders are once again forced to shuffle their lineup after Roman Torres was suspended due to a positive test for PEDs. That means Xavier Arreaga will be the starting centerback for the foreseeable future. Hopefully he’s improved his understanding with Kim Kee-hee since they were last partnered.
  • Play inspired: You can bet that the mood in the stands will be ... interesting. There’s no better way to get everyone pulling in the same direction than a positive result.

How to Watch

Match date/time: Sunday, 7 PM PT

Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle

Online Streaming: YouTube TV, Fubo TV (affiliate link)

National English TV: FS1

National Spanish TV: Fox Deportes

Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Webber)

Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)

Lineups

Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.

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