FULL-TIME: A pair of second-half goals lifted the Sounders to a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday. Raúl Ruidíaz scored the first and then set up Nicolas Lodeiro for the second as the Sounders surged back into the lead of the Western Conference and qualified for the playoffs for the 12th time.
WHITECAPS 0, SOUNDERS 2: Raúl Ruidíaz made a wonderful move to get around his defender and then set up Nicolas Lodeiro for a relatively easy finish in front of goal to make it 2-0 in the 60th minute.
Raul is good. (And so is Nico.) pic.twitter.com/dEqj39YqSo— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) October 28, 2020
WHITECAPS 0, SOUNDERS 1: Raúl Ruidíaz scored his 10th goal of the season, finishing off a feed from Nouhou in the 54th minute. The play was originally ruled offside, but VAR correctly overturned it as Ruidíaz was behind the ball even though he was beyond the deepest defender.
Going to be close. Looks like he was behind ball on Nouhou's cross. pic.twitter.com/qtv5Wwdkkm— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) October 28, 2020
HALFTIME: The Sounders dominated possession and just about every other category but went into halftime tied 0-0. The Sounders out shot the Whitecaps 6-0 with the best chance coming late on a Kelvin Leerdam header that appeared to be goal bound until a defender blocked it.
LINEUPS: All three formerly quarantined players are back in the Sounders starting lineup. Raúl Ruidíaz replaces Will Bruin, Gustav Svensson is in for Jordy Delem and Xavier Arreaga takes Shane O’Neill’s spot. As an unexpected bonus, Joevin Jones is back on the bench. Will Bruin apparently suffered a knock in training on Monday and wasn’t able to play.
The Seattle Sounders will be facing the Vancouver Whitecaps for the third time this season, winning the two previous meetings by a collective score of 6-1. This will be the first time the Sounders face the Whitecaps on the road, but due to coronavirus-related border restrictions the game will be played at Providence Park in Portland.
The Sounders can move back into the Western Conference lead and clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win. That would extend their MLS-record streak to 12 straight playoff appearances and keep them on track to grab the No. 1 seed for just the second time in team history. Raúl Ruidíaz, Xavier Arreaga and Gustav Svensson are all expected to be available for the Sounders, while Brad Smith and Joevin Jones are likely still out.
The Whitecaps come in having won 3 of their last 4 games after a string of four straight losses.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
QUESTIONABLE: Joevin Jones (M) - right high ankle sprain; Brad Smith (D) - right hamstring strain; Trey Muse (GK) - concussion
Suspended after next caution: Joao Paulo (M)
OUT: Maxime Crépeau; Thomas Hasal; David Milinko
Suspended after next caution: Michael Baldisimo
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Jeff Hosking; Jeremy Hanson
4th Official: Michael Radchuk
VAR: Jon Freemon
AVAR: Jason White
How to Watch
Match date/time: Tuesday, October 27 at 7 PM PT
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Ore.
Local TV: JOEtv
Local Radio (English): 950 KJR AM (Matt Johnson & Peter Fewing)
Pre-Match, Halftime and Post-Match Radio: Jackson Felts & Peter Fewing
Local Radio (Spanish): El Rey 1360 AM (Mario Rodriguez, Felipe Maqueda & Carlos Tapia)
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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