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.
GIVE IT TO RAUL YOU COWARDS pic.twitter.com/GEZeTovotP— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 9, 2020
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.
What a whiff by Jungwirth, but still a great goal from Morris. pic.twitter.com/QzxU93es15— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 9, 2020
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.
Things have escalated quickly. pic.twitter.com/d6Rpp4wOd3— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 9, 2020
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.
Ruidiaz gets the second pic.twitter.com/R8SuEkRbCL— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 9, 2020
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.
First goal. Lodeiro puts the Sounders up 1-0 pic.twitter.com/prGKZuGV38— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) November 9, 2020
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
OUT: Shane O’Neill (D) - concussion protocol
QUESTIONABLE: Brad Smith (D) - right adductor strain
QUESTIONABLE: Gustav Svensson (M) - hip contusion
OUT: Danny Hoesen (F) - core muscles injury
QUESTIONABLE: Carlos Fierro (M) - thigh injury
Suspended: Andres Rios (M), Jackson Yueill (M)
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
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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