FULL-TIME: After two lackluster performances in the MLS is Back Tournament, the Seattle Sounders came through with a resounding win against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday. The 3-0 win was enough to qualify the Sounders for the knockout round of the tournament, but more importantly should be a confidence boost for a team that looked to badly need it.
The Sounders got big performances from their big players, with Nicolas Lodeiro, Jordan Morris and Raúl Ruidíaz each scoring goals. Lodeiro and Morris also had assists. The Sounders improved to 15-1-3 all-time when those three players start.
The Sounders can still finish as high as second in their group depending on other results, but are assured of finishing among the four best third-place finishers.
SOUNDERS 3, WHITECAPS 0: Raúl Ruidíaz ended a regular-season scoring drought of sorts to put the Sounders up 3-0. Ruidíaz had not scored a non-penalty in his last nine regular-season starts until he put away a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick that came off two other Sounders in the 51st minute.
SOUNDERS 2, WHITECAPS 0: Jordan Morris made it 2-0 in the 34th minute, finishing off a beautiful pass from Nicolas Lodeiro, whose pressure also helped create the turnover.
What a ball from Lodeiro and a classy finish. pic.twitter.com/bi828XXTre— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 20, 2020
SOUNDERS 1, WHITECAPS 0: Nicolas Lodeiro gave the Sounders a well-deserved lead in the 16th minute, converting his chance from the spot after Jordan Morris drew the penalty on a shot that was handled in the box.
And here's Lodeiro converting. pic.twitter.com/nYEbWVLZcK— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 20, 2020
It was Lodeiro’s first goal of the season and makes him 13 for 14 from the spot for the Sounders across all competitions.
LINEUPS: The Sounders made three changes from their last game against the Chicago Fire, none of which should be particularly surprising. Jordan Morris is back in the lineup after getting some rest, Shane O’Neill replaces the injured Yeimar Gómez Andrade and Handwalla Bwana is in for Shandon Hopeau after scoring a goal off the bench.
The Seattle Sounders will face the Vancouver Whitecaps in their final group stage game. The Sounders are coming off a 2-1 loss against the Chicago Fire on Tuesday morning. The Whitecaps blew leads of 2-0 and 3-1 against the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night, ultimately falling 4-3.
Recent matches have been very favorable for the Sounders. Since two teams from group A have two loses, and one of Cincinnati & New York Red Bull are guaranteed to get 4 points or fewer with a negative goal differential, the Sounders will automatically advance if they win. Anything less than a win, however, will eliminate them from the competition.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
QUESTIONABLE: Will Bruin (R knee injury)
OUT: João Paulo (R quad strain), Joevin Jones (L adductor strain), Yeimar Gómez Andrade (L hamstring strain)
QUESTIONABLE: Leonard Owusu (R hamstring
OUT: Janio Bikel (L adductor strain); Érik Godoy (R quadricep strain
UNAVAILABLE: Bryan Meredith; Lucas Cavallini, Fredy Montero, Georges Mukumbilwa, Tosaint Ricketts, Andy Rose
REFEREE: Robert Sibiga; AR1 (bench): Jose da Silva; AR2 (opposite): Ian McKay; 4th: Armando Villarreal; VAR: Tim Ford; AVAR: Kyle Atkins.
Keys to the Game
- Just Win. It doesn’t matter how it happens, but if the Sounders want to advance, they must win this game.
- Keep it steady. The defense was lack luster against the Chicago Fire. With Yeimar Gómez Andrade out, Shane O’Neill will need to step in and have a steady game.
- Feed Raul. The Sounders DP Striker has had a really quiet start to this tournament. It would be nice to see him get more than one shot.
The Sounders are favorites at -175 to win according to DraftKings. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps are +430 with a tie at +310.
How to Watch
Match date/time: Sunday, July 19 @ 7:30 PM
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex — Reunion, Fla.
Online Streaming: FOX Sports Go, Fubo TV (affiliate link)
Talent: John Strong & Stu Holden
Pre-Match, Halftime & Post-Match Talent: Rob Stone, Alexi Lalas & Maurice Edu
National TV (Spanish): TUDN
Talent: Ramses Sandoval, Carlos Pavon & Nico Cantor
Pre-Match, Halftime & Post-Match Talent: Alejandro Berry & Jose Luis Lopez Salcedo
Post-Match Show: JOEtv
Talent: Keith Costigan, Brad Evans & Steve Zakuani
Local Radio (English): 950 KJR AM
Talent: Matt Johnson and Kasey Keller
Pre-Match, Halftime and Post-Match Radio: Jackson Felts & Pete Fewing
Local Radio (Spanish): El Rey 1360 AM
Talent: Mario Rodriguez, Felipe Maqueda & Carlos Tapia
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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