FULL-TIME: The Seattle Sounders snapped a three-game league losing streak, beating Minnesota United 3-1 on Sunday behind goals from Raúl Ruidíaz, Cristian Roldan and Nicolas Lodeiro. The Sounders went into halftime trailing 1-0, but came storming back in the second half. It all started when Roldan drew a penalty in the 50th minute and then put the Sounders ahead with an audacious strike in the 74th minute. Lodeiro’s goal came just before the final whistle.
SOUNDERS 3, MINNESOTA 1: Nicolas Lodeiro scored just moments before the final whistle, taking a pass from Cristian Roldan and finishing inside the near post.
SOUNDERS 2, MINNESOTA 1: Cristian Roldan scored a screamer from about 20 yards out to give the Sounders their first lead of the night.
Pretty sure I could hear Cristian yelling ‘Kobe!’ When he shot this. pic.twitter.com/m0yd01ICrt— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) May 15, 2022
SOUNDERS 1, MINNESOTA 1: Raúl Ruidíaz got his first goal of the MLS season, converting a penalty after Cristian Roldan drew the foul.
St. Clair definitely got a big piece of it but Ruidiaz has first league goal of year. pic.twitter.com/0eWyRlwOhz— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) May 15, 2022
SOUNDERS 0, MINNESOTA 1: Robin Lod gave the Loons a lead with a goal in the 34th minute, pouncing on a missed clearance by Nouhou to score past Stefan Frei. The goal came just a couple minutes after Jordan Morris hit the post on a breakaway.
Tough break for Sounders after two near misses they give this up which should have been an easy clearance. pic.twitter.com/7qsUV5lzKK— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) May 15, 2022
Whatever you may have thought about the effort the Seattle Sounders put into winning Concacaf Champions League or the relative lack of effort they may have put into the U.S. Open Cup, the reality now is that the deck is effectively clear. The only thing the Sounders have to worry about for the next six months or so is the MLS regular season.
They’ve got a bit of work to do to make sure they not only qualify for the playoffs but finish high enough to be guaranteed a home game for the 14th consecutive season.
That starts this afternoon against Minnesota United, a team the Sounders have already beaten on the road this year and one they’ve only lost to once in 11 all-time meetings.
The Sounders are effectively at full strength, with the notable exception of João Paulo who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the CCL final.
- The Sounders are 6-0-0 all-time against Minnesota at Lumen Field, although that includes four one-goal wins.
- The Sounders come into this game riding a three-game league losing streak, all of them to teams who are outside playoff position.
- Minnesota comes in on a two-game losing streak and struggling significantly on the road, where they are 1-3-1 this year and 4-10-8 over their past 22.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: João Paulo (R ACL Tear); Jackson Ragen (Health & Saftey Protocol)
OUT: Hasani Dotson (Knee); Romain Metanire (Thigh); Patrick Weah (Knee)
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez Assistants: Cory Richardson, Nick Uranga Fourth Official: Elton Garcia VAR: Jorge Gonzalez Assistant VAR: Claudiu Badea
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Sunday, 1:08 PM
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
National English TV: ESPN (Jake Zivin, Kasey Keller)
Local Radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Fewing)
National streaming radio: Sirius XM FC (Costigan, Fewing)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle
Australia & New Zealand: ESPN Australia
Balkans: Arena Sport
Brazil: ESPN Brazil
China: Star Sports
Czech Republic & Slovakia: Nova Sport
Denmark: TV2 Georgia: Silk Sports
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN
Greece: Nova Sports
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
Norway: VG+ Portugal: Sport TV
Sub-Saharan Africa: ESPN Africa
Sweden: C More
United Kingdom & Ireland: Sky Sports
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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