RECAP: It was not a pretty first half by any stretch of the imagination but it didn’t need to be for the Sounders to leave with all three points. If you have Raul Ruidiaz on your team, you might have a good chance at winning in Portland. In nine career games against Portland, he has 7 goals and 2 assists after picking up two goals and an assist tonight. The Sounders have now won their last three regular-season trips to Portland, which is a first in the MLS era.
Shaking off the rust is nice. Now we turn around and play again on Wednesday.
85th MINUTE: Leerdam with the dagger.
Leerdam with the dagger off some wonderful play between Bruin and Ruidiaz. pic.twitter.com/yfwA5hRLOa— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 24, 2020
83rd MINUTE: Raul loves scoring against Portland.
That's seven goals for Ruidiaz in his career vs. Timbers. pic.twitter.com/SXAIeIX89R— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 24, 2020
73rd MINUTE: WE HAVE A GOAL! Big game Raul comes up big.
HALF: It wasn’t a good half at all for either team. Portland managed to get some shots off, generating just 0.23 xG while Seattle did jack squat. Their only shot was Svensson’s 40 yard free kick.
This happened though:
6th MINUTE: Portland scores but it is ruled offside. Lucky break!
Chris Duvall with the strike of his life. But it's being reviewed for offside. pic.twitter.com/UZAzFxYjZI— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 24, 2020
LINEUPS: The Sounders lineup with their best available starting XI with the late knock to Xavier Arreaga. Joevin Jones starts over Nouhou, which is an interesting decision. Perhaps Seattle will look to possess the ball against Portland — a team that likes to bunker.
The rest of the regular season starts tonight as the Seattle Sounders travel down to Portland to take on the Timbers. The two teams had very different experiences in the MLS is Back Tournament, with Portland managing to win it all. Of course, Seattle left the tournament with a lot of questions. Tonight is an opportunity for the Sounders to kickoff their classic second half of the season.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Xavier Arreaga (D) - right quad strain
OUT: Jordy Delem (M) - right hamstring strain
OUT: Danny Leyva (M) - left foot fracture
OUT: Trey Muse (GK) - concussion
QUESTIONABLE: Shandon Hopeau (M) - right adductor strain
OUT: Dairon Asprilla (M) - left knee injury
QUESTIONABLE: Yimmi Chara (M) - right thigh injury
QUESTIONABLE: Dario Zuparic (D) - personal reasons
REF: Jair Marrufo
AR1: Jeff Hosking
AR2: Mike Rottersman
4TH: Tim Ford
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
AVAR: Joshua Patlak
How to Watch
Match date/time: August 23rd at 7:00pm
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Ore.
Online Streaming: Fubo TV (affiliate link)
National English TV: FS1
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
International TV: LiveSoccerTV.com
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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