FULL-TIME: The Sounders’ playoff hopes are hanging by the thinnest thread after they came-from-behind to salvage a 1-1 tie with FC Cincinnati while playing much of the second half down a man on Tuesday. The Sounders will be eliminated from playoff contention if they drop another point and would still need several teams to slip up rather significantly.
SOUNDERS 1, FC CINCINNATI 1: Fredy Montero scored an absolute banger, taking a pass from Kelyn Rowe near the top of the box, spinning and beating FCC goalkeeper Roman Celentano to the near post.
Fredy Montero finds the equalizer from distance! pic.twitter.com/1R3jhLsQmq— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 28, 2022
SOUNDERS 0, FC CINCINNATI 1: Brenner got behind the Sounders defense far too easily and slotted his shot past Stefan Frei in the 25th minute.
As if playing without six of their regular starters wasn’t enough of a challenge, the Seattle Sounders will also face an FC Cincinnati side that is among the hottest in MLS. Yes, the team that was coming off three straight last-place finishes — the first time that’s ever happened in MLS history — seems to be hitting their stride for what looks to be their first-ever postseason.
Since dropping a 4-3 decision away to CF Montreal on May 28, FC Cincinnati has lost just one game. That’s a stretch of 17 in which they’ve gone 5-1-11, including a 10-game unbeaten run in which they’re 4-0-6.
That’s mostly on the strength of their offense, which has scored 56 goals, including 25 during this 10-game stretch. They’re a bit weaker on defense, having allowed 50 goals.
- The only other time the Sounders have faced FC Cincinnati was in 2019. The Sounders won that game 4-1, the first match in Cincinnati’s MLS history.
- Having already set a club record for most losses in a season (16), the Sounders would need to win out in order to avoid finishing with their lowest point total in a full season (47 in 2009, when they only played 30 matches).
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
QUESTIONABLE: Cristian Roldan (groin surgery)
OUT: João Paulo (R ACL tear); Andrew Thomas (lower back stress fracture); Obed Vargas (lower back stress fracture); Nicolas Lodeiro (yellow card accumulation)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Raul Ruidiaz (Peru); Jordan Morris (USA); Nouhou (Cameroon); Xavier Arreaga (Ecuador); Alex Roldan (El Salvador); Reed Baker-Whiting (USA U-19s)
QUESTIONABLE: Allan Cruz (leg)
OUT: Ronald Matarrita (leg); Beckham Sunderland (concussion protocol); Kenneth Vermeer (torn pectoral muscle)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None
REF: Rubiel Vazquez; AR1: Mike Rottersman; AR2: Jeremy Hanson; 4TH: Alex Chilowicz; VAR: Malik Badawi; AVAR: Nick Uranga
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Tuesday, 7:08 PM PT
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
Local English TV: Fox13+ (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
National radio: SiriusXMFC
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle
Australia & New Zealand: beIN Sports Australia
Brazil: DAZN (Brazil)
China: China Sports Media
China (Closed-Circuit TV): Star Sports
Czech Republic: Czech Republic & Slovakia
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa: ESPN Africa
Ukraine: Football 1
United Kingdom & Ireland: Sky Sports & Free Sports
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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