FULL-TIME: It was hardly how the drew it up, but the Seattle Sounders secured a much needed win on Sunday. The final result, 4-2, somewhat papers over the Sounders blowing a 2-0 lead at home for the second straight match. In the end, though, it allowed them to move up to second in the Western Conference and seven points clear of the playoff line.
SOUNDERS 4, RED BULLS 2: Nicolas Lodeiro put the match away with a stoppage time goal to make it 4-2. The play was originally ruled offside, but a video review allowed it to stand.
Here's the Sounders' final goal. Rodriguez ended up not getting an assist -- great nutmeg, tho. You can see the far defender keeping Roldan on. pic.twitter.com/b8JEhUDilp— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) September 16, 2019
SOUNDERS 3, RED BULLS 2: After blowing a 2-0 lead for the second straight home game, the Sounders managed to move back into the lead for a second straight home game. This time it was an own-goal from a well-worked possession with the final Sounders touch coming on a Victor Rodriguez pass that deflected off Sean Davis.
Take em anyway you can get em. Own goal puts the Sounders up 3-2. pic.twitter.com/EWgcv04CwZ— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) September 15, 2019
SOUNDERS 2, RED BULL 2: Kaku equalized in the 67th minute off a Daniel Royer assist to complete a comeback. It marked the second straight home game in which the Sounders had failed to hold a 2-0 lead.
EL TIGRE STRIKES pic.twitter.com/c2yHZTyV5G— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) September 15, 2019
SOUNDERS 2, RED BULLS 1: Just a few minutes after giving up their second goal, the Red Bulls pulled one back through an Aaron Long header off a Michael Murillo assist.
SOUNDERS 2, RED BULLS 0: Jordan Morris added a rather remarkable assist to an already impressive first half, heading a Cristian Roldan pass across the goal and setting up Nicolas Lodeiro for an easy volley.
Video evidence of Jordan Morris being incredible at soccer. Sounders up 2-0. pic.twitter.com/5YnwfOjz55— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) September 15, 2019
SOUNDERS 1, RED BULLS 0: Less than two minutes into the game, the Sounders got on the scoreboard through a Jordan Morris goal off a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick. There was a brief delay as the officials reviewed the play to see if Morris had handled the ball after Gustav Svensson had headed it toward goal, but officials determined the ball came off Morris’ knee.
Morris scored off the corner kick early on. Sounders up 1-0 pic.twitter.com/LfKuT9jFJM— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) September 15, 2019
LINEUPS: The Seattle Sounders are using what probably qualifies as their first-choice lineup, with the possible exception of Jordy Delem over Emanuel Cecchini.
New York currently sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 12-12-5 (41 points in 29 games played; 1.41 ppg) and the Sounders remain sit in third place in the Western Conference with a record of 13-9-7 (46 points in 19 games played; 1.59 ppg).
Last time out, the Sounders lost 2-0 on the road to the Rapids and the Red Bulls also lost 2-0 to the Rapids on Aug. 31.
The Sounders can move into second place in the West with a win and need to take every opportunity they can to lock up points at home.
Tale of the Tape
Last Five: L-W-W-D-L
Leading Goal Scorer: Raul Ruidiaz, 11 goals
Assist Leader: Nicolas Lodeiro, 12 assists
New York Red Bulls
Last Five: L-L-W-D-L
Leading Goal Scorer: Daniel Royer, Brian White 9 goals
Assist Leader: Royer, 7 assists
Injury Report, Suspensions and International Duty
New York Red Bulls
Out: M - Florian Valot (torn ACL)
Questionable: F - Brian White (ankle injury)
Suspensions: Kemar Lawrence (yellow card accumulation)
International Duty: N/A
Suspended on next yellow: Kyle Duncan, Tim Parker, Amro Tarek
Out: Will Bruin (torn ACL), Jonathan Campbell (calf strain)
Questionable: Victor Rodriguez (hamstring strain), Raul Ruidiaz (knee sprain)
Suspensions: Roman Torres (PEDs)
International Duty: N/A
Suspended on next yellow: Nouhou
REFEREE: Allen Chapman; AR1: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; AR2: Nick Uranga; 4th: Thomas Snyder; VAR: Tim Ford; AVAR: Thomas Supple
Keys to the Game:
- Keep Morris-Ruidiaz going: The Sounders have enjoyed a 8-1-3 record when they both start and a big part of that is their production.
- Shut down Royer: To the degree that the Red Bulls are generating offense, it’s usually through Daniel Royer. He’s got seven goals and three assists in his past 15 matches.
- Reviving the backs: It’s been awhile since the Sounders have effectively used their outside backs as offensive weapons. If they are to make a run this year, they’ll need to get Kelvin Leerdam and Brad Smith producing again.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Sunday, September 15 @ 3:00 PM PT
Location: CenturyLink Feld — Seattle, WA
Radio: 950 KJR AM (English), El Rey 1360AM (Spanish)
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