FULL-TIME: The Sounders were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie against the LA Galaxy in the regular-season home final on Monday. The Sounders conceded an early goal to Chicharito in the 19th minute and looked pretty uninspired in the first half.
They came out playing much better in the second and were rewarded with a penalty when Cristian Roldan was taken down in the box by Oniel Fisher. Raúl Ruidíaz converted from the spot for his 17th goal, tying a Sounders single-season record.
Jordan Morris entered for Ruidiaz in the 60th minute and provided a spark. The Sounders would eventually hit the woodwork three times but could not find the back of the net. The point does put them back into first place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Sporting KC and the Rapids.
JORDAN MORRIS RETURNS: Jordan Morris made his appearance in the 60th minute, replacing Raúl Ruidíaz who was apparently restricted.
SOUNDERS 1, GALAXY 1: Cristian Roldan drew a penalty and Raúl Ruidíaz converted with a panenka for his 17th goal of the season, tying the Sounders’ single-season record.
HALFTIME: The Sounders went into halftime trailing 1-0 on a 19th minute goal by Chicharito. The Sounders’ best chance was probably a penalty shout in which Raúl Ruidíaz got behind the defense, won the ball and then was taken out by Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond.
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SOUNDERS 0, GALAXY 1: The Galaxy jumped out to an early lead, scoring off a corner kick in the 19th minute when Chicharito put away a ball that had been flicked toward goal by Nick DePuy.
LINEUPS: Nicolas Lodeiro and Raúl Ruidíaz both make their return to the Seattle Sounders starting lineup but the most welcomed news might be the admittedly expected availability of Jordan Morris off the bench.
For most of the 2021 season, the Seattle Sounders have been on a record pace. Despite going just 0-3-1 in their past four, the Sounders can still tie their franchise record for points in a season (64). To get there, however, they’ll need to win their final two games.
The first of those games is tonight against the LA Galaxy, a team that the Sounders have dominated in recent years.
Winning tonight isn’t just a matter of where this season ranks in the record books, of course. The No. 1 seed in the Western Conference is still up for grabs, with the Sounders equal on 58 points with Sporting KC and the Colorado Rapids. A win tonight would clinch the No. 2 spot — which comes with home-field advantage guaranteed for the first two rounds of the playoffs and a spot in the 2022 Concacaf Champions League. Anything less, however, means a lot will be resting on the season-finale against the red-hot Vancouver Whitecaps next week.
The Sounders will have some reinforcements tonight. In addition to getting João Paulo back from yellow-card accumulation, Nicolás Lodeiro is expected to start and may even be joined by Raúl Ruidíaz. Jordan Morris should also be available off the bench for the first time this year.
- The Sounders are 11-0-1 in their home regular-season finales — including a seven-game winning streak — since joining MLS in 2009. Since 2012, all of those games have doubled as the regular-season finale.
- The Sounders are 7-1-5 against the Galaxy since Brian Schmetzer took over as head coach midway through the 2016 season. That includes a 3-0-2 record at Lumen Field. The Sounders won just 4 of their first 19 regular-season meetings with the Galaxy from 2009-2016.
- The Sounders have lost two straight matches and have just one point in their last four matches (0-3-1). The last time the Sounders had two or fewer points in a five-match span was during a five-match losing streak in July-August 2015.
- The Galaxy had a four-match unbeaten streak snapped in their last game, a 2-0 loss to Sporting KC.
- Chicharito missed the Galaxy’s game against Kansas City due to illness. This season the Galaxy average 1.63 points (31 in 19 games) when Chicharito plays and 1.15 points (15 in 13 games) when he does not play. He’s expected to be available today.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
QUESTIONABLE: Medranda (R hamstring pain); Ruidíaz (L hamstring strain)
OUT: Bruin (R knee inflammation); Delem (R ACL tear)
QUESTIONABLE: Jorge Villafaña
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: SEA: Raul Ruidiaz
REF: Joseph Dickerson; AR1 (bench): Cameron Blanchard; AR2 (opposite): Jeff Hosking; 4th: Ramy Touchan; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; AVAR: Joshua Patlak
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Monday, 7:08 PM PT
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
Local English TV: Fox13+ (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: iHeart.com (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
National Spanish TV: TUDN (Jose Luis Lopez Salido, Ramses Sandoval, Diego Balado & Xavi Sol)
Belgium & Luxembourg: Eleven Sports
Brazil: DAZN (Brazil)
China: China Sports Media
Czech Republic & Slovakia: Nova Sport (Czech Republic)
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Georgia: Silk Sport
Latin America (excl. Brazil): ESPN Latin America
Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
Southeast Asia & Oceania: beIN Sports
Sub-Saharan Africa: ESPN Africa
Sweden: C-More Taiwan: Sportcast
Ukraine: Football 1
United Kingdom & Ireland: Free Sports
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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