FULL-TIME: Once again playing with a thin roster, the Seattle Sounders finally succumbed. Although the Sounders hung tough, Robin Lod’s 81st minute goal handed them their first loss of the season. The 1-0 victory doubled as Minnesota United’s first-ever win over the Sounders.
The Seattle Sounders come out of this very brief Gold Cup break somehow worse off health-wise than they were when they last played on July 7. Despite expectations that he’d be ready for this game, Nouhou was declared out for Minnesota United, and Alex Roldan has since departed on international duty. It’s bad enough that the Sounders signed two Tacoma Defiance players — Samuel Adeniran and Obed Vargas — to short-term contracts.
Based on how the rest of the season has gone, however, that might not much matter. Despite missing multiple potential starters for every game this year, the Sounders have gone undefeated in their first 13 games of the season. They’re overall unbeaten streak now stands at 15 games.
United, however, pose another stiff challenge. Since starting the season with four straight losses — one of which was a 4-0 loss to the Sounders in the season opener — United has gone a perfectly respectable 4-1-3 to climb back into playoff position. Their only loss in that time was to the Colorado Rapids on July 7.
They’ve added some talent in that time, too, with Frenchman Adrien Hunou and Argentine Franco Fragapane joining the squad. Both are presumptive starters.
- The Sounders have won 7 of the 8 all-time meetings they’ve had with Minnesota. Seattle’s 2.75 points per match (incl. playoffs) are the most in any head-to-head matchup that has been played more than five times in MLS.
- United head coach Adrian Heath is 0-9-1 all-time against the Sounders, which includes two losses while he was with Orlando City.
- Minnesota United has attempted 15.3 shots per match this season, but it has the lowest shooting accuracy in the league, hitting just 26% of its shots on target. Only Austin FC (5.8%) has a lower conversion rate than the Loons (6.5%) this season.
- The Sounders have yet to field a full 20-man gameday roster all season, a streak that will continue tonight as they’ll have no more than 18 available.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Jordan Morris (ACL injury); Jordy Delem (right ACL tear); Stefan Frei (left knee sprain); Nicolas Lodeiro (right knee surgery); Cristian Roldan (international duty); Will Burin (knee surgery); Shane O’Neill (hip flexor strain); Alex Roldan (international duty); Nouhou (adductor strain)
OUT: Dayne St. Clair (international duty); Roman Abila (suspended)
QUESTIONABLE: Michael Boxall (left thigh); Bakaye Dibassy (left thigh)
REFEREE: Alan Kelly. AR1 (bench): Eric Weisbrod; AR2 (opposite): Jeremy Kieso; 4th: Matthew Thompson; VAR: Kevin Terry Jr.; AVAR: Diego Blas.
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Sunday, 11:08 AM PT
Venue: Allianz Field, Saint Paul, Minn.
Online Streaming: Fubo TV (affiliate link), ESPN.com
National English TV: ESPN (Jonathan Yardley & Kyndra de St. Aubin)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Keith Costigan & Kasey Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
National Spanish TV: ESPN Deportes
Balkans: Arena Sport
Bulgaria: Max Sport
Cyprus: CYTA Vision
Czech Republic: Nova Sport
Georgia: Silk Sport
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy & Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America (excl. Brazil): ESPN Latin America
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
Russia: Okko Sport
Sub-Saharan Africa: ESPN Africa
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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