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Austin FC vs. Sounders: Highlights, stats and quotes

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Sounders are back in the Supporters’ Shield lead after an improbable win.

The Seattle Sounders are once again leading the Supporters’ Shield race after an improbable 1-0 win on the road against Austin FC on Thursday. Brian Schmetzer opted to start five teens for the first time in MLS history and his lineup was the second youngest to ever take the field. It also featured two players who aren’t even on full MLS contracts and two others who were only signed to first-team deals after the start of the season.

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 – Austin FC 0

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Venue: Q2 Stadium

Referee: Alex Chilowicz

Assistants: Cameron Blanchard, Peter Balciunas

Fourth Official: Elton Garcia

VAR: Jorge Gonzalez

Attendance: 20,738

Weather: 76 degrees and sunny

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA – Raúl Ruidíaz 67’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA – Sam Adeniran (caution) 34’

ATX – Hector Jimenez (caution) 57’

ATX – Cecilio Dominguez (caution) 85’

SEA – Raúl Ruidíaz (caution) 90’+4’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC – Spencer Richey; Brad Smith (Jimmy Medranda 53’), Yeimar, Abdoulaye Cissoko, Ethan Dobbelaere, Josh Atencio; João Paulo (Kelyn Rowe 54’), Danny Leyva, Reed Baker-Whiting (Alex Villanueva 90’+4’), Obed Vargas (Fredy Montero 77’); Sam Adeniran (Raúl Ruidíaz 54’)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Cleveland, Andrew Thomas, Juan Alvarez

Total shots: 10

Shots on goal: 3

Fouls: 15

Offside: 3

Corner-kicks: 2

Saves: 2

Austin FC – Brad Stuver; Matt Besler, Hector Jimenez, Julio Cascante, Zan Kolmanic; Tomas Pochettino, Alex Ring, Diego Fagundez; Cecilio Dominguez, Rodney Redes (Jon Gallagher 57’), Kekuta Manneh (Manny Perez 77’)

Substitutes not used: Andrew Tarbell, William Pulisic, Jhohan Romana, Aedan Stanley, Sebastian Berhalter, Freddy Kleeman, Jared Stroud

Total shots: 13

Shots on goal: 3

Fouls: 7

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 5

Saves: 3