FULL-TIME: The Seattle Sounders snapped their six-game road winless run, scoring a 2-1 win over Minnesota United that was a little tighter than it needed to be. The Sounders played a nearly flawless first half and went into halftime lead 1-0 behind a beautiful João Paulo goal. They then extended their lead to 2-0 when a Jordan Morris cross was deflected into the goal and looked well on their way to an easy win until the 80th minute. That’s when Jackson Ragen made a poor challenge that resulted in a penalty, which Emmanuel Reynoso converted. The Sounders managed to hold off a final charge though to secure the victory.
MINNESOTA 1, SOUNDERS 2: Emmanuel Reynoso converted a penalty after Jackson Ragen made a bad challenge in the box.
MINNESOTA 0, SOUNDERS 2: The Sounders started the second half strong and jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Jordan Morris’ cross to Raúl Ruidíaz was put in the back of the net by Brett Kalmann.
The buildup was very good. pic.twitter.com/fpp4W2s1tk— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) April 3, 2022
MINNESOTA 0, SOUNDERS 1: João Paulo scored his first goal of the season in signature style, lacing a ball from the edge of the penalty area into the upper 90 to send the Sounders into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
Watch it over and over again.— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) April 3, 2022
Nico Lodeiro ➡️ João Paulo ➡️ Top Corner and we're up 1-0! pic.twitter.com/RAD6IApzuS
Coming off a bye week and theoretically as healthy as they’ve been all year, this might seem to be an opportune time to finally see something close to Seattle Sounders’ Best XI. That may have to wait a few days.
Even though everyone but Yeimar Gómez Andrade should be available, the reality is that there’s an even bigger game on Wednesday when the Sounders host New York City FC in the Concacaf Champions League semifinals. Brian Schmetzer will likely need to balance the desire to have his optimal lineup for that game with the desire to shake off some rust in this one. Chances are, we see a bit more of a mixed lineup but stranger things have definitely happened.
On the other side, Minnesota United have no reason to hold anything back. They, too, are coming off a bye week and are off to a 2-0-2 start that includes consecutive 1-0 victories. They’ve also allowed just two goals and are riding a 265-minute shutout streak.
- Minnesota United beat the Sounders for the first time in 10 all-time meetings in their last encounter. That result also ended the Sounders MLS record 13-game unbeaten streak that started the 2021 season. The Sounders are 8-1-1 against Minnesota all-time.
- This is just the third time the Sounders have ever visited Allianz Field. They are 0-1-1 in their previous two trips.
- The Sounders come into this match riding a six-game road winless run in which they’ve gone 0-3-3 and failed to score more than one goal in every match.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
QUESTIONABLE: Andrew Thomas (right calf strain)
OUT: Yeimar Gómez Andrade (high ankle sprain)
OUT: Patrick Weah (knee); Chase Gasper (SABH)
QUESTIONABLE: Romain Métanire (thigh); Franco Fragapane (thigh); Oniel Fisher (thigh)
Referee: Ismail Elfath; Assistants: Michael Barwegen, Adam Garner; Fourth Official: Thomas Snyder; VAR: Sorin Stoica; Assistant VAR: Craig Lowry
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Saturday, 5:08 PM PDT
Venue: Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.
Local English TV: Fox 13 (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle (Mendez and Arrioja)
Australia & New Zealand: beIN Sports Australia
Brazil: DAZN (Brazil)
Bulgaria: Max Sport
China: China Sports Media
Czech Republic & Slovakia: Nova Sport (Czech Republic)
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports Asia
Ukraine: Football 1
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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