FULLTIME: The Sounders fell 2-1 to Sporting KC on Sunday. It marked Sporting KC’s first win of the season after going 0-7-3 in their first 10 and the Sounders’ first home loss. The Sounders fell behind early on a 4th minute goal from Erik Thommy and spent most of the first half looking totally out of sort, going into halftime down 2-0.
The second half was better as players changed positions, and after Nicolás Lodeiro converted a penalty it looked like the Sounders had life. Their best chance came when Albert Rusnák found Jordan Morris at the back post, but his sliding shot went just wide.
SOUNDERS 1, SPORTING KC 2: Nicolás Lodeiro converted from the spot after Fredy Montero was taken down in box with a forearm to the face. It was Lodeiro’s first goal of the season.
#Sounders get one back.— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 7, 2023
Nico Lodeiro finishes calmly from the penalty spot. pic.twitter.com/lPF36tF0GC
SOUNDERS 0, SPORTING KC 2: Alan Pulido was allowed to run in behind the defense and beat Stefan Frei to the far post for his first goal of the season.
Alan Pulido doubles the lead for #SportingKC. ✌️ pic.twitter.com/R2CBmxiWtM— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 7, 2023
SOUNDERS 0, SPORTING KC 1: Erik Thommy scored in the 4th minute, easily beating Stefan Frei from about 12 yards. The goal snapped the Sounders 468-minute home shutout streak that dated to last season.
A dream start for #SportingKC in the first 5 minutes.— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 7, 2023
Erik Thommy starts and finishes the attack to put the visitors in front. pic.twitter.com/CJL46HVS5I
LINEUPS: The Sounders are using a familiar formation but shifting players in an unusual way. Jordan Morris will move back to the No. 9, with Héber dropping to the No. 10 and Nicolás Lodeiro moving to the right. Reed Baker-Whiting also enters the lineup as a right back, moving Alex Roldán to the left.
Sporting KC comes into Sunday’s game in a pretty bad place. They’ve already tied the MLS record for fewest points through 10 games (3) and if they don’t win, they’ll tie the record for longest season-opening winless streak.
The Sounders, meanwhile, are just a point off the Supporters’ Shield lead (20) and are 4-0-1 in their first five home games.
On paper, it seems like it’s lining up for a decisive Sounders win.
It could be a bit more complicated than that. For all of Sporting KC’s struggles, they’ve actually looked pretty good on the road against some of their tougher opponents. On April 22, they probably should have gotten a point on the road against the New England Revolution despite playing much of the second half down a man. A few weeks earlier, they also played the Philadelphia Union to a 0-0 road tie.
Adding just a bit more complication is that the Sounders will be missing João Paulo (suspension) and Cristian Roldan (concussion protocol).
- The Sounders are trying to win consecutive matches against Sporting KC for the first time since beating them in May 2013 and March 2014.
- The Sounders are attempting to become the first team in MLS history to register shutouts in each of their first six home games of a season. Two others have posted five straight home shutouts to start a season.
- Jordan Morris scored four goals in the Sounders’ previous game against Sporting KC, half of his 2023 total. That’s also one more goal than Sporting KC has scored all year.
- Johnny Russell has six goals in 10 career appearances against the Sounders. No one has scored more against the Sounders since Russell came to MLS in 2018.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
QUESTIONABLE: Nouhou (Illness)
OUT: Cristian Roldan (Concussion Protocol); Kelyn Rowe (Left Knee Sprain); Raúl Ruidíaz (Right Hamstring Strain); João Paulo (yellow card suspension)
QUESTIONABLE: Graham Zusi (muscle strain); Nemanja Radoja (hamstring)
OUT: Kortne Ford (Achilles surgery); Tim Leibold (hamstring); Kayden Pierre (hamstring); Willy Agada (tibia stress fracture)
REF: Victor Rivas; AR1: Lyes Arfa; AR2: Mike Rottersman; 4TH: Jeremy Kieso; VAR: Carol Anne Chenard; AVAR: Jeff Muschik
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Sunday, 1:55 PM PT
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
Global Streaming English: MLS Season Pass (Keith Costigan & Maurice Edu)
Global Streaming Spanish: MLS Season Pass (Jose Hernandez & Pablo Mariño)
English TV: Fox (Nate Bukaty & Tony Meola)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Danny Jackson & Steve Zakuani)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Is this game available to stream for free? Yes
Will Sounders radio be available as an alternate feed? Yes
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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