FULL-TIME: A sloppy match ended with plenty of chances but no goals as the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes settled for a 0-0 tie in both teams’ MLS is Back Tournament debut on Friday. The Sounders had two particularly good chances in the second half, only for Daniel Vega to come up with big saves both times. The first was through Nicolas Lodeiro in the 81st minute on the left side, but his shot from inside the box was stopped. A few minutes later, Kelvin Leerdam set up Raul Ruidiaz for a chance around the penalty spot but a poor first touch forced an awkward shot that was saved.
On the other side, Stefan Frei had to make eight saves to preserve the shutout.
HALFTIME: As has been a theme in the first few matches of the MLS is Back Tournament, the Sounders and Earthquakes played to a 0-0 tie at the half. Both teams had some decent looks, although the Earthquakes were mostly controlling the match. The Sounders’ best chance came through Cristian Roldan, who was able to get behind the defense only to have his shot saved by Daniel Vega.
After four months off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle Sounders return to the field for their MLS is Back Tournament opener against the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday. The Sounders went 1-0-1 in their first two games of the MLS regular season, while the Earthquakes went 0-1-1, but those records don’t seem to mean much at this point.
Perhaps the more relevant information is what kind of shape the teams will be in. The Earthquakes were the last team in MLS to return to full training, but they were also the first team to arrive in the Disney World “bubble” and have now been there for more than two weeks. The Sounders were able to return to full team training nearly two weeks earlier than the Earthquakes, but have only been in Orlando for about a week. It will be interesting to see if one of these strategies pays any obvious dividends.
The Sounders, at least, won’t be quite at full strength. In addition to missing Will Bruin to a leg injury that is likely to keep him out through the group stage, João Paulo apparently suffered a quad injury in training and is expected to at least miss tonight’s game and potentially some other group stage games.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Will Bruin (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: João Paulo (quad strain)
OUT: Marcos Lopez (appendectomy)
REFEREE: Drew Fischer; AR1 (bench): Logan Brown; AR2 (opposite): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; 4th: Armando Villarreal; VAR: Victor Rivas; AVAR: Chris Wattam
The Sounders are pretty significant favorites, according to DraftKings. They are +102 to win, compared to the Earthquakes who are +250. A tie is going at +255.
How to Watch
Match date/time: Friday, 6 PM PT
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Online Streaming: ESPN, Fubo TV (affiliate link)
National TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Talent (English): Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman
Talent (Spanish): Mauricio Pedroza and Herculez Gomez
Post-Match Show: JOEtv
Talent: Keith Costigan, Brad Evans and Steve Zakuani
Local Radio: 950 KJR AM
Talent: Matt Johnson and Kasey Keller
Pre-Match, Halftime and Post-Match Radio: Jackson Felts, Kasey Keller and Wade Webber
Local Radio (Spanish): El Rey 1360 AM
Talent: Mario Rodriguez, Felipe Maqueda and Carlos Tapia
San Jose Earthquakes
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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