SOUNDERS 1, RSL 2: Almost immediately after the Sounders tied the score, they fell asleep and allowed Andrew Brody to sneak in at the far post to put RSL back in front.
SOUNDERS 1, RSL 1: Albert Rusnák scored just his second goal of the season, hitting a shot through traffic from the edge of the penalty area to tie the score.
SOUNDERS 0, RSL 1: Sergio Cordova was able to get behind the Sounders’ defense on a counter-attack off a corner kick to put RSL on the board first. Cordova was released with only Alex Roldan to beat, and while he was slowed enough to allow Xavier Arreaga and Nouhou to catch up to the play, he still got a shot off. Stefan Frei made the initial save, but the rebound came right back to Cordova who finished past the scrambling defenders.
LINEUPS: Raúl Ruidíaz returned to the starting lineup for the first time since July 9. Danny Leyva also rejoins the lineup, pushing Cristian Roldan back out to the wing.
This might not be a literal must-win game for the Seattle Sounders, but it’s about as close as it gets. The Sounders host Real Salt Lake, a team they’re trailing in the Western Conference standings by two points. A win could push Seattle as high as fifth, while a loss could leave them as low as 11th.
The good news is that the Sounders have been pretty dominant against RSL at home, especially during the regular season, where they have an 11-3-2 all-time record. The last time they dropped regular-season points against RSL at Lumen Field was in 2013. Of course, RSL did get a result as recently as last playoffs, advancing in penalties despite not taking a single shot during the match.
Neither team comes into the match playing particularly well. The Sounders have gone just 3-6-0 in their past nine, which is actually better than RSL, who are 1-4-3 in their past eight. RSL’s last road win came on May 22 as they’ve gone 2-6-4 away from Rio Tinto Stadium this year.
- The Sounders lost their last game on a goal that come at 93:32. It was the second-latest match-winning goal the Sounders have ever surrendered, with only Justin Meram’s goal in 2014 at 93:42 coming later.
- RSL has allowed nine goals within the first 15 minutes of games, the second-most of any team in MLS. They’ve allowed a goal in the first 15 minutes in 5 of 7 matches, including the last three, as well.
OUT: João Paulo (R ACL tear); Obed Vargas (lower back stress fracture)
Real Salt Lake
OUT: Damir Kreilach (back); Bobby Wood (abductor); Tate Schmitt (knee); Danny Musovski (hamstring)
PENDING VISA: Braian Ojeda, Bryan Oviedo
REF: Tim Ford; AR1: Chris Wattam; AR2: Brian Poeschel; 4TH: Michael Radchuck; VAR: Edvin Jurisevic; AVAR: Nick Uranga
Match date/kickoff time: Sunday, 7:08 PM PT
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
Online Streaming: Amazon Prime (affiliate link, in-market), ESPN+ (affiliate link, out of market)
Local English TV: Fox13+ (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle (Ojeda, Moreno)
Australia & New Zealand: beIN Sports Australia
Brazil: DAZN (Brazil)
China: China Sports Media
China (Closed-Circuit TV): Star Sports
Georgia: Silk Sport
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Ukraine: Football 1
United Kingdom & Ireland: Free Sports
Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
South Korea: Coupang Play
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa: ESPN Africa
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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