FULL-TIME: The Sounders blew two separate two-goal leads and then lost on a stoppage-time penalty. It was the first time in 123 games dating back to 2009 that the Sounders had lost a match in which they led by two goals.
EARTHQUAKES 4, SOUNDERS 3: Nouhou was whistled for a penalty after shoving a Quakes player in the back and VAR suggested it be a penalty. Cristian Espinoza then converted to complete the hat trick.
EARTHQUAKES 3, SOUNDERS 3: The Earthquakes scored two goals in quick succession, pouncing on two mistakes by the Sounders to equalize. The equalizer came from Jackson Yuiell in the 65th minute, just one minute after they had scored an earlier goal. That play started when Jackson Ragen had a pass picked off deep in the Sounders end.
EARTHQUAKES 3, SOUNDERS 3: Cristian Espinoza got his second goal of the game when his cross was mishit and seemed to fool Stefan Frei.
That angle, though.— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 24, 2022
Another one for Cristian Espinoza! pic.twitter.com/zggV18kPgK
EARTHQUAKES 1, SOUNDERS 3: Just as it seemed that San Jose was taking some control of the game, the Sounders restored their two-goal advantage when Nico Lodeiro found Jordan Morris for an easy finish. Raúl Ruidiaz picked up a secondary assist.
Lodeiro hit this cross very hard. pic.twitter.com/b4fkBQtUPw— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) April 24, 2022
EARTHQUAKES 1, SOUNDERS 2: Especially after allowing the second goal to the Sounders, the Earthquakes started creating more danger going forward and finally got a deserved goal in the 45+2nd minute when Cristian Espinoza pounded home a rebound off his own shot.
EARTHQUAKES 0, SOUNDERS 2: Cristian Roldan finished off a nearly perfect free kick from Nico Lodeiro, heading it inside the near post.
Free kicks don’t get much better than this one by Lodeiro. pic.twitter.com/PolNaYeXpb— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) April 24, 2022
EARTHQUAKES 0, SOUNDERS 1: Nicolas Lodeiro converted a penalty, his 18th in 19 attempts since joining the Sounders. Raúl Ruidíaz drew the penalty after getting taken down in the box by Nathan. Cristian Roldan made a nice pass to set up the chance.
Not to be overlooked this was a great play by Roldan. pic.twitter.com/5ulYhaLeBC— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) April 24, 2022
LINEUPS: The Sounders deployed what is effectively a first-choice lineup with the notable exception of Yeimar Goméz Andrade, who is on the bench for the first time in six matches.
Just about everyone seems to agree that the Seattle Sounders have rightfully put their focus on Concacaf Champions League this year, and they’ve got their biggest game yet coming up next week. That goes a long way to explaining why they’ve started the MLS regular season just 2-3-1.
But Brian Schmetzer has been just as adamant that he doesn’t feel as though they need to literally sacrifice the regular season to achieve their CCL goals.
Coming off a frustrating home loss to lowly Inter Miami, the Sounders understand that Saturday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes carries a bit more importance. There’s plenty of reason to like the Sounders chances.
Not only are the Earthquakes the last winless team in MLS — and they just fired head coach Matias Almeyda — but the Sounders have enjoyed a good deal of recent success at PayPal Park and will likely have all their key players available. It’s even possible the Sounders could use a full first-choice lineup for the first time this year.
- The Sounders are 4-0-4 during their last eight trips to PayPal Park. It’s the second-longest road unbeaten streak against a single opponent in MLS history. Their most recent trip there was a 3-1 victory that featured a first-half brace by Raúl Ruidíaz.
- The Sounders are coming off their third loss of the season in just their sixth league game. Last year, they didn’t lose for the third time until their 17th game.
- Jeremy Ebobisse is riding a three-match scoring streak for the Quakes.
- The Sounders have used 23 different players in their starting lineup for league games, the most in the league. They’ve also used 11 different lineups in their 12 matches across all competitions.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Dylan Teves (right hamstring strain)
OUT: Chofis (left upper thigh); Gilbert Fuentes (personal); Siad Haji (personal); Judson (left knee).
QUESTIONABLE: Jeremy Ebobisse (right hamstring); Nathan (right ankle).
REF: Ted Unkel; AR1: Jeremy Hanson; AR2: Frank Anderson; 4TH: Brandon Stevis; VAR: Younes Marrakchi; AVAR: Felisha Mariscal
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Saturday, 7:08 PM PT
Venue: PayPay Park, San Jose
Local English TV: Fox 13 (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
National Spanish TV: TUDN (Mario Rodriguez, Felipe Maqueda, Carlos Tapia & Marlo Vilela)
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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