CALENDAR: As expected, Raúl Ruidíaz, Cristian Roldan, Albert Rusnák, Stefan Frei and Jordan Morris have all returned to the starting lineup. All five had missed the Sounders’ previous game with Roldan and Ruidíaz both listed as questionable on the latest injury report.
After somewhat slow starts from both teams, the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers head into their first meeting of 2022 in solid form. The Sounders are 6-2-1 since May 12, have reached a playoff berth and are just three points from third place. The Timbers are 2-0-2 in their last four games and are just three points away from a playoff berth, albeit one or two games ahead of just about the entire field.
For the Timbers, their form seems to have been helped by the return of Jarosław Niezgoda to the starting XI. The forward has scored three goals in that four-game series and leads the Timbers with six goals this season.
The Sounders just seem to have benefited from having fewer competitions to worry about. Their turnaround effectively began after being knocked out of the US Open Cup and they found success despite at least one roster change from game to game in all 10 of those recent games and missing multiple starters for many of them.
- The home team has won only 2 of the last 14 regular season meetings between these two teams. The Sounders last regular season win over the Timbers at Lumen Field was on May 27, 2017.
- Raúl Ruidíaz has scored 10 goals in 11 career appearances against the Timbers. No MLS player has scored more against an opponent since Ruidíaz joined the league in 2018. (Carlos Vela also has 10 against the Galaxy in that time.)
- Fredy Montero has nine career goals against the Timbers and 18 against Cascadia Cup opponents (tied with Ruidíaz for most in three-way rivalry history), despite playing for two different teams.
- It will be the 115th all-time meeting between these two teams, a rivalry that dates back to 1975. The Sounders lead the all-time series 56-43-15, including a 15-14-7 advantage in MLS.
- The Sounders will unveil their Concacaf Champions League banner shortly before kick-off, the culmination of a celebratory morning that includes all sorts of activities, including concerts by Travis Thompson and Head and the Heart. Fox13 will also make a all-day streaming from Lumen Fieldwith “Good Day Seattle” starting at 8:00 a.m. followed by an extended pre-game show.
OUT: João Paulo (ACL R tear); Obed Vargas (lower back stress fracture)
QUESTIONABLE: Xavier Arreaga (hamstring L strain); Cristian Roldan (health and safety protocol); Raúl Ruidíaz (hamstring L strain)
OUT: Diego Gutierrez (foot); Blake Bodily (hamstrings)
QUESTIONABLE: Eryk Williamson (foot)
REF: Chris Penso; AR1: Kyle Atkins; AR2: Jose Da Silva; 4TH: Marc Allatin; VAR: Daniel Radford; AVA: Jeremy Hanson
Match/kick-off date time: Saturday, 1:55 p.m. PT
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle
Online broadcast: Fubo TV (affiliate link), Foxsports.com
English national television: Fox (Jon Strong & Stu Holden)
local radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller)
Lovsin spanishh Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
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