FULL TIME: The Sounders qualified for the playoffs with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday. Raúl Ruidíaz scored twice, while Nicolás Lodeiro and Alex Roldan each added a goal.
SOUNDERS 4, WHITECAPS 0: Alex Roldán put an exclamation on the game, throwing a shot past Cody Cropper. Danny Leyva created the chance with a perfectly weighted ball that put Roldan in space. It was Leyva’s first assist in MLS.
SOUNDERS 3, WHITECAPS 0: Raúl Ruidíaz scored his second goal, fending off a perfectly placed cross from Leo Chú. It was his 69th goal in all competitions for the Sounders and his 52nd in MLS, tying him for the franchise lead with Fredy Montero.
SOUNDERS 2, WHITECAPS 0: Raúl Ruidíaz capped off a great streak by beating Cody Cropper at the far post after picking up a wire from Jimmy Medranda. Nicolás Lodeiro started the attacking phase with a line-breaking ball to Kelyn Rowe, who hit Medranda as he slid into the box. Medranda’s first touch might not have been intentional, but she set up Ruidíaz perfectly.
SOUNDERS 1, WHITECAPS 0: Nicolás Lodeiro converted a penalty in the 4th minute after Fredy Montero was brought down in the box. The streak began with Raúl Ruidíaz stepping into the open ground and then finding Montero in the box. Montero’s shot was stopped well by Cody Cropper, but he was able to control the rebound and was then taken down.
Lodeiro calmly finished for his 16th straight successful penalty, making his 20 for 21 in his Sounders career.
The Seattle Sounders and the Vancouver Whitecaps will renew tonight the oldest rivalry in North American soccer history. It will be the 147th time the Cascadia rivals have met competitively, with the Sounders holding a 71-50-25 advantage.
The Sounders have been particularly dominant in recent years, entering this game on a 14-game unbeaten streak against the Whitecaps in which they went 6-0-1 at Lumen Field. The last time the Whitecaps beat the Sounders was April 14, 2017 at BC Place and the last time they won in Seattle was March 19, 2016.
That said, the Whitecaps come into this game with some momentum. They are 4-1-1 in their last six league games. In four of those games, the Whitecaps scored a goal in the 90th minute or later to change the result.
The Sounders entered this international break beginning to rediscover their league form, having won 3 of 4 and being able to qualify for the playoffs with a win.
- Raúl Ruidíaz has scored six goals in seven career games against the Whitecaps. Fredy Montero and Nicolás Lodeiro each scored five goals against the Whitecaps.
- The Whitecaps have three game winners in the 90th minute or later. In their previous six seasons combined, they only managed to do so twice.
- It’s the second of a franchise-record five home games for the Sounders. They went 7-2-0 at Lumen Field in all competitions this year.
QUESTIONABLE: Stefan Cleveland (facial laceration)
OUT: Josh Atencio (adductor); Yeimar Gómez Andrade (hamstring R strain); João Paulo (ACL R tear); Albert Rusnák (international duty); Cristian Roldan (international duty); Jordan Morris (international duty)
QUESTIONABLE: Cristian Dajome (hamstring sprain R; Russell Teibert (eye injury R)
OUT: Cristian Gutierrez (L calf injury); Thomas Hasal (left hand); Javain Brown (international duty); Lucas Cavallini (international duty)
REF: Lukasz Szpala; AR1: Frank Anderson; AR2: Jeremy Kieso; 4TH: Tim Ford; VAR: Jorge González; AVA: Craig Lowry
Match/kick-off date time: Tuesday, 7:38 p.m. PT
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
Online broadcast: Amazon Prime (affiliate link, on the market), ESPN+ (affiliate link, off-market), Fubo TV (affiliate link)
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)
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
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