full time: The Sounders rushed into the playoff center with a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday. Raul Ruídias scored a brace, while Nicolas Lodeiro and Alex Roldan added one goal each.
votes 4, whitecaps 0: Alex Roldán put an exclamation point on the match, as he slashed a shot past Cody Cropper. Danny Leyva created the opportunity with a perfectly weighted ball that put Roldan into space. This was Leyeva’s first MLS assistant.
3 votes, 0 white pages: Raul Ruídias scored his second goal after a perfect cross pass from Liu Zhou. His 69th goal in all competitions was with the Sounders and 52nd in MLS play, which put him at the top of the franchise with Freddy Monteiro.
VOICES 2, WHITECAPS 0Raul Ruídias finished off a beautiful streak by defeating Cody Cropper to the far post after being fed by Jimmy Medranda. Nicolas Lodeiro started the attacking phase with a shot from the goal line to Clean Roe, who shot Midranda to slip into the penalty area. Midranda’s first touch may not have been purposeful but she prepared Ruediaz perfectly.
Votes 1, white pages 0: Nicolas Lodeiro scored a penalty kick in the fourth minute after Freddy Monteiro was brought down inside the penalty area. The sequence began with Raul Ruídias storming the open field and then finding Montero in the box. Cody Cropper saved Monteiro’s shot well, but he managed to control the rebounding ball and then it was dropped.
Lodeiro calmly finished off his successful 16th penalty in a row, making a 20-21 career at the Sounders.
The Seattle Sounders And the Vancouver Whitecaps Tonight will renew the oldest competition in North American football history. This will be the 147th time Cascadia’s rivals will face in competition, with the Sounders having an advantage of 71-50-25.
The Sounders have been particularly dominant in recent years, entering this match with an undefeated 14-game winning streak against the Whitecaps as they went 6-0-1 at Lumen Field. The White Caps last beat the Sounders anywhere on April 14, 2017 at PC Place and the last time they beat the Sounders was on March 19, 2016.
Having said that, the Whitecaps team is entering this game with some momentum. They are 4-1-1 in the past six league games. In four of those matches, the Whitecaps scored in the 90th minute or later to change the score.
The Sounders went into this international break to begin to rediscover what the league would look like, having won 3 of 4 and managing to move onto the playing field with a win.
- Raul Ruídias has six goals in seven meetings with the Whitecaps. Freddy Monteiro and Nicolas Lodeiro each scored five goals against the Whitecaps.
- Whitecaps have three winners who came in the 90th minute or so. In their previous six seasons combined, they’ve only managed to do it twice.
- This is the second of a five-game home franchise for the Sounders. They have gone 7-2-0 at Lumen Field in all competitions this year.
In question: Stephen Cleveland (injury in the face)
Directed by: Josh Atencio (closer); Yeimar Gómez Andrade (strain of the hamstring); Joao Paulo (rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament); Albert Rusnak (international duty); Christian Roldan (international duty); Jordan Morris (international duty)
In question: Christian Dagome (hamstring injury; Russell Tebert (right eye injury)
Out: Christian Gutierrez (calf injury); Thomas Hassall (left); Gavin Brown (international duty); Lucas Cavallini (international duty)
Reference: Lucas Spala AR1: Frank Anderson AR2: Jeremy Kiso the fourth: Tim Ford Video Assistant Referee: Jorge Gonzalez AVAR: Craig Lowry
Match time / kick-off time: Tuesday, 7:38 PM PT
place: Lumen Field, Seattle
English local TV: Fox13+ (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
local radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keeler, Zakwani)
ifcAl Spanish radio: El Rey 1360 a.m. (Rodriguez, Makeda, Tapia)
Australia and New Zealand: beIN Sports Australia
Brazil: DAZN Brazil
China: Chinese sports media
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports Asia
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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