FULL-TIME: It was a wild finish with both teams having ample opportunities to grab the game-winner, but neither side could finish the chances and the game ended 1-1.
SOUNDERS 1, CREW 1: Raúl Ruidiaz equalized in the 79th minute after converting a penalty. Eloy Room actually saved the first attempt, but VAR ruled that he was off his line. Nouhou won the penalty after his cross hit off Harrison Afful’s arm.
Some good hustle to win the ball in the first place too. pic.twitter.com/vXkNaTz2LW— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) March 8, 2020
VAR OVERTURNS GOAL: Miguel Ibarra appeared to equalize in the 52nd minute but was ruled offside.
SOUNDERS 0, CREW 1: Gyasi Zardes got Columbus on the board first, capitalizing on what looked like some miscommunication on the backline and finishing off a relatively easy finish from a Luis Diaz cross.
Crew go up 0-1 on a very bad piece of defending. pic.twitter.com/qadFNqLj3c— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) March 8, 2020
LINEUPS: Gustav Svensson will make his return to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, starting alongside João Paulo in the midfield. Yeimar Gómez Andrade will also get his first MLS start.
The Seattle Sounders remain at home in Week 2 in MLS action as they host the Columbus Crew. Both teams are coming off wins in Week 1 and the Crew are led by former Sounders foes in Caleb Porter and Darlington Nagbe.
This will be the 15th all-time meeting between these two clubs. The Sounders are 6-4-4, with a 2-3-3 record at home.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
QUESTIONABLE: Gustav Svensson (calf), Jordy Delem (hamstring)
OUT: Will Bruin (ACL), Handwalla Bwana (quad), Nicolas Lodeiro (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: Vito Wormgoor (rib/ankle)
OUT: Waylon Francis (knee)
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo
AR1: Frank Anderson AR2: Jeff Hosking 4TH: Guido Gonzales, Jr.
VAR: Ricardo Salazar AVAR: Joshua Patlak
Keys to the Game:
- Get Raúl going: Three games without a goal hardly constitutes a worrying slump for one of the most consistent scorers to ever wear Rave Green, but the Sounders are undeniably better when he’s bagging goals. Ruidíaz is at his best when he’s allowed to stay high and float around in the opposition’s box. The Sounders need to do a better job of making him feel like that’s where he’s going to get the ball.
- Clean up the defense: It looks like we’re going to see Xavier Arreaga and Yeimar Gómez Andrade starting alongside each other. On paper, it looks like it could be a long and fruitful pairing. In their only game together, however, the backline was a bit off as the Sounders blew a 2-0 lead on the road. The Sounders are still looking for their first shutout of 2020. Now’s a good time to get it.
- No shame in staying home: Chances are, this will be the highest no-show rate in Sounders history. That might be for the best. If you are in a high-risk category or even if you are normally exposed to high-risk folks, you should probably stay home. If you do go to the game, make sure you practice good personal hygiene and are considerate of those around you. Thoroughly wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough and give space.
How to Watch
Match date/time: Saturday, March 7 @ 7:00 PM
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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