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Sounders vs Earthquakes, full-time: Seattle takes 2nd in West with 4-1 win

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Nicolas Lodeiro and Raul Ruidiaz score less that two minutes apart.

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FULL-TIME: A flurry of second-half goals allowed the Seattle Sounders to beat the Earthquakes 4-1 on Sunday, vaulting them into second place of the Western Conference and setting up a first-round showdown with LAFC. The Sounders got goals from Nicolas Lodeiro, Raúl Ruidiaz, Jordan Morris and an own-goal, all of them in the second half.

SOUNDERS 4, EARTHQUAKES 1: The Sounders added a fourth goal, this one off a San Jose defender. João Paulo found Jordan Morris with a pass over the top and Morris’ cross toward Ruidiaz came off a pair of defenders and settled into the net.

SOUNDERS 3, EARTHQUAKES 1: Jordan Morris scored his 10th goal of the season in the 74th minute, finishing off a Lodeiro feed. Lodeiro created the chance as well, taking the ball off Florian Jungwirth who misplayed a pass. The assist moved Lodeiro into a tie for the MLS lead.

SOUNDERS 2, EARTHQUAKES 1: Marcos Lopez whipped in a free kick from near the end line and just outside the penalty area that seemed to fool Stefan Frei.

SOUNDERS 2, EARTHQUAKES 0: Less than two minutes after Lodeiro’s goal, Raúl Ruidíaz scored off a Cristian Roldan pass. It was his 11th goal of the season.

SOUNDERS 1, EARTHQUAKES 0: Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, picking up a deflected ball off a poor free kick, firing a shot inside the near post.

Halftime: 45 minutes of soccer allegedly happened in Seattle, with the Sounders creating marginally better chances than San Jose. It was a very slow first half with both teams not really coming out of their shells. The second half should be interesting

LINEUPS: The Sounders are going about as strong as possible against the Earthquakes. Gustav Svensson, Brad Smith, and Shane O’Neill are all out of the lineup for tonight’s game. Joevin Jones returns to the starting lineup, meaning that Cristian Roldan moves back to the midfield.


The MLS regular season ends today with the Seattle Sounders hosting the San Jose Earthquakes. The Sounders can finish as high as first or as low as fourth in the West, but are guaranteed to at least host a playoff game. The move into first, they’ll need to win, for Sporting KC to lose and for the Portland Timbers to do no better than tie.

The Sounders come into this game having gone just 1-2-3 in their past six, while the Earthquakes are 3-2-1 in their past six.

Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension

Seattle:

OUT: Shane O’Neill (D) - concussion protocol

QUESTIONABLE: Brad Smith (D) - right adductor strain

QUESTIONABLE: Gustav Svensson (M) - hip contusion

San Jose:

OUT: Danny Hoesen (F) - core muscles injury

QUESTIONABLE: Carlos Fierro (M) - thigh injury

Suspended: Andres Rios (M), Jackson Yueill (M)

Officials:

Referee: Jair Marrufo

Assistant Referees: Jason White, Jeff Hosking

4th Official: Ramy Touchan

VAR: Jon Freemon

How to Watch

Match date/time: Sunday November 8th at 3:30pm

Venue: CenturyLink Field Seattle, WA

Online Streaming: Amazon Prime (affiliate link, in-market), ESPN+ (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

Lineups

Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.

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