CALENDAR: Fredy Montero replaces Will Bruin, who went into ‘health and safety protocols’ on Wednesday but otherwise it’s the same outfit that beat Sporting KC 3-0 at the weekend.
The last time the Seattle Sounders hosted CF Montreal was in 2018. Since then, Montreal has changed names once, thrown two different crests and gone through four head coaches. Perhaps more relevantly, they also play much more competitive football these days.
CF Montreal enters this game third in the Eastern Conference with a perfectly respectable 3-3-2 road record. Head coach Wilfred Nancie has them playing an exciting brand of soccer that puts them leading the Eastern Conference in scoring (30 goals) and giving up nearly as many (28, second most in the conference).
As in their last two games, Montreal will again miss MVP candidate Djordje Mihailovic. In the two games they played without Mihailovic, Montreal lost 1-0 to Austin FC at home, then beat a much-weakened Charlotte FC 2-1 last weekend.
The Sounders come into this one having gone 5-1-1 in their last seven games, including 3-0-1 in the first four games of this five-game home game. Currently seventh, a win could propel them up to fourth in the West.
- At the start of the 2022 season, Montreal was the only visiting team in MLS with a winning record at Lumen Field, going 2-1-0 here. Nashville SC and Inter Miami have since joined this rather exclusive group, having won their only trip to Seattle earlier this year. Montreal is also the only team to have faced the Sounders at least five times and won more than half of those games (5-2-1 overall).
- The Sounders will attempt to post consecutive shutouts in MLS for the first time in more than a year.
- By both earning assists on Will Bruin’s goal last week, Alex and Cristian Roldan became the third pair of brothers in MLS history to both be credited with an assist. help for the same purpose. They joined DaMarcus and Jamar Beasley for Chicago in 2001 and Chris and Sean Henderson for Colorado in 1997.
OUT: Xavier Arreaga (hamstring L strain); Josh Atencio (health and safety protocols); João Paulo (ACL R tear); Raúl Ruidíaz (L hamstring strain); Obed Vargas (lower back stress fracture)
OUT: Bjørn Johnsen (foot); Tomas Giraldo (hamstrings); Djordje Mihailovic (ankle)
REF: Joe Dickerson; AR1: Frank Anderson; AR2: Jeffrey Greenson; 4TH: Jon Freeman; VAR: Victor Rivas; AVA: Claude Badea
Match/kick-off date time: Wednesday, 7:08 p.m. PT
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
Online broadcast: Amazon Prime (affiliate link, on the market), ESPN+ (affiliate link, off-market)
Local English TV: Fox13+ (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
local radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Lovsin spanishh Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle
INTERNATIONAL TV PROGRAM
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
South East Asia: beIN Sports Asia
United Kingdom and Ireland: First sports
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