FULL-TIME: The Seattle Sounders started off their franchise-record five-game homestand with a dramatic come-from-behind win over Charlotte FC on Sunday. Charlotte grabbed an early lead, scoring off a set piece, and looked to be on their way to their first-ever road win. But a Jordan Morris goal in the 71st minute was followed by an unreal goal from Raúl Ruidíaz secured all three points for the Sounders, who moved to within two points of the playoff line with two games in hand on the field.
SOUNDERS 2, CHARLOTTE 2: Raúl Ruidíaz collected his own rebound and then scored an unreal goal in which all his momentum was taking him away from goal but he still managed to place his shot inside the far post.
RAÚL RUIDÍAZ IS A BAD, BAD MAN pic.twitter.com/k3a5OyvZSK— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) May 30, 2022
SOUNDERS 1, CHARLOTTE 1: After a couple regrettable misses, Jordan Morris found the equalizer, heading home Alex Roldan’s left-footed cross. Fredy Montero got a secondary assist.
SOUNDERS 0, CHARLOTTE 1: Ben Bender put away a rebound after Jordy Alcivar’s free kick from just outside the penalty area hit off the far post and fell to the attacker’s feet.
LINEUPS: The Seattle Sounders are using what is now effectively their first-choice lineup, with Obed Vargas replacing the injured João Paulo. It’s the second time they’ve used this lineup.
The Seattle Sounders face Charlotte FC for the first-ever time on Sunday, which starts a stretch of five straight home games. Charlotte has surprised many observers by getting off to a reasonably strong start, currently sitting seventh in the Eastern Conference. But that’s based almost entirely on their home form, as they’re just 0-5-1 on the road. That doesn’t even include a loss to the New York Red Bulls in U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday, a match in which they used what was effectively their first-choice starting XI.
To add to Charlotte’s concerns, they’ll be without Designated Player Karol Świderski, who is with the Poland national team.
The Sounders, for their part, know this is a virtual must-win match. Not because the stakes are so high, but because it’s probably the most winnable of five straight upcoming home games. The Sounders should have a full complement of starters available, a group that has gone 6-1-0 at home in all competitions this year.
- This will be the 10th time the Sounders have hosted an expansion team in their inaugural season. The Sounders are 4-1-4 in those previous meetings.
- Although the Sounders posted shutouts in 3 of 4 home CCL matches, they’ve not posted a shutout at home in their past seven in regular-season play. That’s the longest they’ve ever gone.
- Only two MLS expansion teams have posted more wins in their first 13 matches than Charlotte’s five. The Chicago Fire won 7 of their first 13 in 1998 and LAFC won 6 of 13 in 2018.
- Jordan Morris, Nouhou, Cristian Roldan and Albert Rusnák will all join their respective national teams following this match. Xavier Arreaga is also expected to be called in.
- Andre Shinyashiki is Charlotte’s second-leading scorer with two goals. He has scored three times in six career appearances against the Sounders.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: João Paulo (ACL)
OUT: Vinicius Mello (left foot surgery); Adam Armour (left knee surgery); Yordy Reyna (left thigh injury); Pablo Sisniega (concussion); Karol Świderski (international call-up)
QUESTIONABLE: Christian Fuchs (right thigh injury); Chris Hegardt (left knee surgery); Harrison Afful (left lower leg injury)
REFEREE: Rosendo Mendoza; ASSISTANTS: Jeff Hosking, Mike Rottersman; FOURTH OFFICIAL: Victor Rivas; VAR: Edwin Jurisevic; AVAR: Eric Weisbrod
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Sunday, 6:55 PM
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
Online Streaming: Fubo TV (affiliate link), FoxSports.com
National English TV: FS1 (JP Dellacamera & Stu Holden)
Local Radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
National Spanish TV: Fox Deportes
Australia & New Zealand: beIN Sports Australia
Brazil: DAZN (Brazil)
China: China Sports Media
China (Closed-Circuit TV): Star Sports
Czech Republic & Slovakia: Nova Sport (Czech Republic)
Georgia: Silk Sport
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
South Korea: Coupang Play
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa: ESPN Africa
Ukraine: Football 1
United Kingdom & Ireland: Free Sports
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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