FULLTIME: After taking a 2-0 lead, the Sounders fell 3-2 after giving up two penalties — one of which was saved — and own-goal off a play that VAR reversed.
ORLANDO 2, SOUNDERS 2: Ercan Kara converted from the spot after Jordan Morris committed a handball on a corner kick. It was the fourth time the Sounders have been whistled for a penalty in their last three games.
ORLANDO 1, SOUNDERS 2: Facuto Torres scored almost immediately after the Sounders added a second, lacing a shot from about 20 yards out.
ORLANDO 0, SOUNDERS 2: Raúl Ruidíaz got his seventh goal of the season putting away his own rebound off a Jordan Morris cross.
Our scoring machine: Raúl Ruidíaz pic.twitter.com/OORHx5QGjW— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 1, 2022
PENALTY SAVE: Jimmy Medranda gave away a penalty — the third straight game in which the Sounders have conceded one — but Stefan Frei came up with a massive save to keep the Sounders ahead and Jackson Ragen came up with a huge block on the rebound.
ORLANDO 0, SOUNDERS 1: Albert Rusnák scored on a free kick to give the Sounders a lead in the 26th minute.
HAVE A HIT, ALBERT!! pic.twitter.com/pTXWtPZDY5— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 1, 2022
RAIN DELAY: Lightning strikes caused the start of the game to be delayed until 6:22 PM Pacific.
The math may still suggest the Seattle Sounders have too much room for error to call tonight’s match against Orlando City SC a literal “must-win”, but it’s getting achingly close to that. The Sounders currently sit four points out of the final playoff spot and could find themselves as far as six out after tonight’s game if other results around the league go poorly. At the very least, the Sounders need a point just to keep some sort of basic positivity going.
The good news is that they’ve enjoyed a fair amount of historical success against Orlando, going 4-0-1 against them, including 2-0-0 on the road. The bad news is that Orlando is pretty good, are coming off a nice win over New York City FC on the weekend, and have now won three straight for the first time in over a year.
The Sounders do have two more days of rest, which might mean they’re a bit fresher despite the cross-country road trip. But some rotation would probably be wise, if for no other reason than their first-choice players aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire.
- The Sounders have already lost 14 regular-season games, tying the most they’ve ever lost in a season.
- The Sounders have just one point from their last six road matches, the first time since 2015 they’ve had such a bad run of road form.
- This will be the Sounders’ penultimate match against the Eastern Conference this year, with 5 of 6 remaining against the Western Conference. They’ve gone 2-4-0 in their previous six against teams from the East.
- Orlando has a chance to win their first trophy of the MLS era a week from today when they host Sacramento Republic in the U.S. Open Cup final.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
QUESTIONABLE: Robin Jansson (R lower leg)
OUT: Joey DeZart (R knee); Jack Lynn (L thigh); Alexandre Pato (R knee)
OUT: João Paulo (R ACL tear); Cristian Roldan (groin surgery); Andrew Thomas (lower back stress fracture); Obed Vargas (lower back stress fracture)
REF: Alex Chilowicz; AR1: Ryan Graves; AR2: Tyler Wyrostek; 4TH: Fotis Bazakos; VAR: Kevin Terry Jr.; AVAR: Fabio Tovar
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Wednesday, 4:38 PM PT
Venue: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
Local English TV: Fox13 (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Australia & New Zealand: beIN Sports Australia
Brazil: DAZN (Brazil)
China: China Sports Media
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports Asia
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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